Black Bean and Veggie Chili

black bean vegan chili with sweet potato

Fill up a big bowl!

This is a colourful, hearty, easy-to-make vegan chili recipe. The main ingredients are black beans, yam, bell peppers and kale. This delicious chili is closely based on a recipe from a woman named Maribeth, who is doing a 30-day green smoothie challenge with me through Young and Raw. An added benefit of the challenge is connecting with 12,000+ others who are sharing healthy and delicious recipes. Her recipe called for more yam, less bell pepper, and no kale. Not everyone loves yam in my house so I cut it down to 1/2 a yam, but if you love it, add more. I loved the kale in there as it provides a nice hearty, chewy texture that usually comes from ground beef in a meat chili.


2 tbsp olive oil
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
2 coloured bell peppers, seeded, and diced
2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 large yam, or sweet potato, cut onto small cubes
2 cups chopped kale
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 large can tomatoes blended (or you can use fresh – I used half a can of romas blended with half a pint of grape tomatoes)
2 cups vegetable stock or water
2 cans black beans drained, rinsed
optional garnish: chopped cilantro


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Sauté garlic, onion, bell pepper, and salt until soften. 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add cumin and chili powder and stir to combine.
  3. Add the yam and lime zest and cook for 10 min more, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add tomatoes, kale, water or stock, beans, lime juice. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cook for 20 min or until yams are soften.
Sautéeing peppers, onions and garlic for vegan chili

Sautéeing peppers, onions and garlic

spices for black bean vegan chili

Adding the spices

sweet potato black bean chili

adding diced sweet potato and lime zest

Adding a big pile of kale

kale in black bean and yam vegan chili

Black bean, kale and yam vegan chili

Chili simmering, flavours mingling

3 responses to “Black Bean and Veggie Chili”

  1. shannon says:

    Chili is a staple lunch for us, but ive been looking for a good recipe to switch it up… And here it is! Sounds delicious.

  2. Kim says:

    WHO are these people in your household that are not fans of yam?

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