This Chipotle Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili is a hearty, warm meal that is perfect to serve on a cold, winter evening.
And the best part about it…no soaking beans overnight, no crock pot and no waiting all day to enjoy it.
Just dice your veggies and about 30 minutes later, you have a warm, healthy vegan meal ready to enjoy.
It’s a one-pot meal loaded with lots of vegan protein and fiber from the black beans and quinoa and has sweet potatoes to make it even more filling.
I’ve made several versions of this vegan chili/stew and after trying out different ones, this is the one I’ve enjoyed the most so I’m updating an older post that used a similar recipe.
There are many different varieties out there using pretty much the same combinations of ingredients: black beans, sweet potatoes, quinoa and chipotle.
I even found one that used butternut squash instead of the sweet potatoes which sounded really good too.
But this one is the most flavorful and easiest to make, so it’s a keeper!
To make this a powerhouse of a meal, just dice an avocado to add to the top for some healthy fats and the coolness of the avocado offsets the heat from the chipotle perfectly.
5 Fast Facts About Black Beans:
- extremely high in fiber
- loaded with anti-oxidants
- contains insoluble fiber
- high in iron at 20% RDA
- regulates blood glucose absorption
5 Fast Facts About Sweet Potatoes:
- contains anti-inflammatory properties
- contains 2 g of vegan protein
- contains 4 g of fiber
- high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6
- excellent source of potassium, copper and manganese
5 Fast Facts About Quinoa:
- high in anti-oxidants
- high in magnesium (20.9% DV) and folate (19.5% DV)
- complete protein containing 9 essential amino acids
5 Fast Facts About Tomatoes:
- contains lycopenes which are cancer fighting agents
- high in beta-carotene
- excellent anti-oxidant
- high in vitamin A and K
- high in chromium which helps control blood sugar levels
5 Fast Facts About Onions:
- rich source of sulfur compounds
- excellent for cardiovascular health
- inhibits bone loss in women
- reduced blood pressure
- lowers blood cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Garlic:
- regulates blood sugar levels
- lowers high blood pressure
- contains anti-bacterial and analgesic properties
- helps to lower cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Chipotle:
- can help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- can help lower the risk of diabetes
- a thermogenic food to help energize metabolism
- can help improve circulation
- rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, magnesium and potassium
5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
Tip #1: I used red quinoa in mine but you could also use regular/plain quinoa.
Tip #2: I also used diced roma tomatoes but you substitute that with 1 med/large regular tomato.
Tip #3: I like to use organic tomato sauce in a glass jar to avoid canned tomatoes (due to the BPA lined cans), but feel free to use your favorite tomato sauce.
Tip #4: I don’t drain or rinse my canned black beans, I pour in the entire can.
Tip #5: Some toppings you can add are fresh squeezed lime juice, green onions, diced avocado or chopped cilantro.