Baked Sweet Potato with Black Bean & Corn Chili

Hearty, vegan meal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 serrano peppers, chopped
  • 2 habanero peppers, chopped (adjust number of chilies to taste)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • cumin, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 2 – small cans crushed or diced tomatoes or 1 lb fresh tomatoes grated
  • 1 large can garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • 1 large can black beans, rinsed
  • 3 ears corn removed from the cob
  • 1-2 cups fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 or 1/2 sweet potato per person
white corn, last of the season


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, bake sweet potatoes for 60-75 min until a fork pierces easily.*
  2. In large pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat
  3. Add onion and peppers and saute until softening, about 5 minutes
  4. Add garlic and spices to taste (I use a lot of cumin- maybe 2 tbsp) and agave syrup
  5. Saute another 2-3 minutes until veggies are coated in spices
  6. Add tomato, beans, & corn
  7. Add water if desired (for a really thick chili add very little water)
  8. Simmer for 30 minutes
  9. Add cilantro
  10. Adjust spices to taste, simmer 30 min or until potatoes are cooked
perfecty cooked sweet potatoes

When the sweet potato starts leaking a sweet syrup like this, that’s a good signal they are done.  This means the sugars are caramelizing on the inside, heightening the sweet taste.


Serve: Cut potato and spoon chili on top.  Garnish with fresh cilantro (sour cream if you want).

Nutritional Information for chili per serving (8 servings)

228 calories, 42g carbohydrates, 3g fat, 11g protein

the chili is great on its own

4 thoughts on “Baked Sweet Potato with Black Bean & Corn Chili

  1. This sounds FABULOUS! Cannot wait to try it!!!

    I love to substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream — tastes almost identical and you get all the lovely stuff yogurt has to offer!

  2. I made this last night. SO GOOD. I tweaked it a little, just using chipotle in adobo in place of some of the fresh peppers. Also, grating the tomatoes worked perfectly. Going to have some leftovers for lunch. GREAT recipe!

    1. Mmm, I love chipotle in adobo- definitely a standard ingredient in many of my soups. I’m so glad you liked it! Leftovers are better than the first night 🙂

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