A hearty mix of legumes, vegetables, and sweet potato that will serve as the perfect vegan comfort food for any occasion. Slightly sweet and slightly smoky, this Sweet Potato Lentil Chili is bursting with flavor and amazing texture. A well-balanced, healthy meal with all the nutrients you need in one delicious bowl. Throw the ingredients in your slow-cooker and be prepared for your house to smell like chili heaven!
The one problem with being a food lover and a wannabe chef is that I always am getting ideas for new recipes and kitchen creations. This is great for blogging content, but it doesn’t leave me a lot of time to revisit old recipes.
I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now, so a lot of staples and favorites I shared in the first few years of my blog have certainly gotten neglected. I am pretty embarrassed of some of those older posts, writing AND picture wise (I’d like to think I’ve improved a lot since then! 😉 ), but the recipes are definitely winners! Plus, a lot of you who have only recently started reading Healthy Helper have probably never even seen them.
So I’ve decided to start rolling out ‘re-dos’ of some of my favorite recipes I’ve shared on the blog! Not only does this give me the chance to revamp them and update them for you guys, but I also get to bring some of my favorite meals back into my life. Out of the ones I’ve made so far, I am quickly being reminded why I created these recipes originally. Point blank: THEY ARE GOOD.
Vegan Comfort Food at its FINEST
Today, I am sharing one of my all-time, go-to comfort food meals. It’s perfect for this time of year as it’s definitely slow-cooker season and gives you that stick-to-your-ribs feeling that a hot, hearty chili always does.
This chili is pretty special because it’s sweet AND savory. Yes, it includes the traditional spices like chili powder and cumin, but I also add cinnamon and sweet sweet sweet potatoes to give it a nice counter balance to the spicy smokiness.
Vegan Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Lentil Chili
Grab the recipe below and get to cookin’! I think this chili recipe will become a cold weather staple for you. 🙂
Sweet Potato Lentil Chili
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 hours
- Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: chili
- Diet: Vegan
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 yam, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch of kale, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 large white onion, chopped
1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 32 oz container of veggie broth (low sodium, if possible)
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 16 oz can no salt added diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato paste (no salt added, if possible)
1 cup split red lentils
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp basil
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Microwave cubed sweet potato and yam on high for 2-3 minutes. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, with spices last. Mix well. Cover the return the lid to the slow cooker and cook chili on high for 4-6 hours (stir every hour or so). Serve hot with your choice of toppings (salsa, greek yogurt, shredded cheese, extra cilantro, Fritos…whatever you like!).
Packed to the brim with veggies, this chili is bursting with vitamins and minerals! It goes beyond the traditional chili ingredients and has lots of plant-based protein from lentils and beans. The sweet potatoes and yams add a great source of complex carbs, so you have a balanced meal all in one bowl. Or two! 😉
This chili recipe is certainly a favorite in my house and I’ve actually made it for several holiday gatherings to share with my family. Nothing but rave reviews have resulted!
Definitely give this a go if you’re looking for a healthy twist on classic chili! This has all the flavor with a lot more nutrients to offer you.
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What’s your favorite fall/winter meal?
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