Vegan Sweet Potato Kale Black Bean Chili

September 29, 2020
The weather here in New Zealand seems to change its mind all the time! It's been pretty cold for the past few days so I whipped up this Southern-inspired smoky, savory chili. I was craving something warm and cosy, so this definitely hit the spot. Plus the leftovers taste amazing.
This hearty vegan sweet potato kale black bean chili has a low to moderate level of spice, but you can adjust seasoning to taste. If you're sensitive to spice I recommend at least halving the amount of paprika and cayenne pepper. If you like spicy food, I would suggest adding more smoked paprika and cayenne pepper to taste.
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Vegan Sweet Potato Kale Black Bean Chili

utensils YIELDS 4-6 servings
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  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 large Sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup Kale
  • 1 can Black beans
  • 3 large Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Corn
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 4-6 wedges Lemon or lime
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
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1. Chop the onion roughly into large chunks.

2. Chop the sweet potatoes and tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle with cumin, cayenne, oregano, and paprika.

3. Mash the garlic.

4. In a large pot, heat up some olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, kale, tomato and sweet potato chunks. Stir frequently to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add a little water if needed.

5. After 10 minutes, add the black beans and corn, including the juices.

6. Stir well. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 more minutes.

7. Season with salt and pepper to taste – I used half a teaspoon of each.

8. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime before serving. Serve with rice or tortilla chips. This would also taste great in jacket potatoes. Enjoy! 😊 This chili will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or you can freeze the leftovers.

Related: Cozy Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

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Debbie was born in Malaysia and grew up in New Zealand. She loves writing, musicals, and living a plant based life. A digital marketer by day, she is also passionate about visual storytelling. She hopes to show that living a more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle can be simple and fun! Debbie has volunteered for social and environmental causes over the years, and interviewed Dr Jane Goodall on her 2018 world tour. Visit her Instagram @debbietan96 for snaps of delicious food and plants, and YouTube for music.


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