Sweet Potato Lentil Chili

AuthorpadminCategoryDifficultyBeginner

Red lentils work nicely to thicken this chili, while the sweet potato gives a mellow, sweet contrast to the spices.

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time32 minsTotal Time47 mins

 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed about 1-in
 1 cup celery, diced
 1 cup onions, diced
 3 large cloves garlic, minced
 freshly ground black pepper
 1 tsp sea salt
 2 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp paprika
 ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
 ½ tsp cumin
 ¼ tsp cinnamon
 ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
 1 cup dry red lentils
 2 cups water
 28 oz crushed tomatoes
 14 oz black beans or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
 1 bay leaf
 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
 lime wedges

1

In a large pot on medium heat, add oil, onions, celery, sweet potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika, nutmeg, cumin, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine.

2

Cover and cook for 6–8 minutes, stirring occasionally; reduce heat if onions are sticking to bottom of pot. Rinse lentils.

3

Add lentils, water, tomatoes, beans, and bay leaf. Stir to combine and increase heat to bring to a boil.

4

Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes or longer until sweet potatoes are softened, stirring occasionally.

5

Stir in lime juice, season to taste with additional salt, pepper. Serve with lime wedges and generously squeeze on juice!

Ingredients

 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed about 1-in
 1 cup celery, diced
 1 cup onions, diced
 3 large cloves garlic, minced
 freshly ground black pepper
 1 tsp sea salt
 2 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp paprika
 ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
 ½ tsp cumin
 ¼ tsp cinnamon
 ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
 1 cup dry red lentils
 2 cups water
 28 oz crushed tomatoes
 14 oz black beans or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
 1 bay leaf
 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
 lime wedges

Directions

1

In a large pot on medium heat, add oil, onions, celery, sweet potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika, nutmeg, cumin, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine.

2

Cover and cook for 6–8 minutes, stirring occasionally; reduce heat if onions are sticking to bottom of pot. Rinse lentils.

3

Add lentils, water, tomatoes, beans, and bay leaf. Stir to combine and increase heat to bring to a boil.

4

Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes or longer until sweet potatoes are softened, stirring occasionally.

5

Stir in lime juice, season to taste with additional salt, pepper. Serve with lime wedges and generously squeeze on juice!

Sweet Potato Lentil Chili