sweet potato chili

Sweet Potato Chili

We finally went skiing this weekend!

Skiing is about the only thing that makes winter bearable for me. I hate the cold, but I love the snow, love skiing, and love being out in fresh air for a whole day.

Elk Mountain

And when I come home after a long day of skiing, I love having a big bowl of hot and steamy chili. Is there anything better after being out in the cold all day?

sweet potato chili

I wanted to share this Sweet Potato Chili recipe I made for Randall Beans recently. This chili has bite sized sweet potato pieces and raisins, and both add a touch of sweetness to the whole dish, which is a perfect complement to the spice. The idea of adding raisins is something I got from Aldo’s mom – she always adds raisins to food that has ground beef, such as empanadas and pastelon de arroz. The sweetness of the raisins next to the savory flavor of meat is always a delicious combination.

sweet potato chili

I also added a touch of cinnamon to this chili for a bit of depth. But don’t worry, the cinnamon and raisins in the chili do not make it taste like a breakfast cinnamon raisin bagel. You barely notice the two ingredients in the dish as you are eating it, but they do add a layer of depth to the flavor and make everything so good.

You can find the recipe for the Sweet Potato Chili over at Randall Beans.

Sweet Potato Chili

Total Time: 45 minutes

Is there anything better than a hot bowl of chili on a cold day?


  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 28 oz jar diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large sweet potato (~12 oz), chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 24 oz jar Randall Beans Deluxe Mixed Beans, drained and rinsed (3 cups Mixed Beans)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro, chopped green onions


  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and sauté the diced onion for 5 minutes over medium heat. Transfer the sautéed onion to a ~5-quart soup pot.
  2. Add the rest of the olive oil (2 tablespoons) to the same skillet, and cook the ground beef over high heat for about 5 minutes or until it is browned, using a spatula to break up the beef. Transfer the browned beef to the soup pot. The beef does not have to be fully cooked yet.
  3. To the same soup pot, add the next 12 ingredients (diced tomatoes through raisins) and mix well. Cover and bring to a boil. When the chili is boiling crack open the lid and lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fully cooked and the chili has thickened to your liking. Season with salt and pepper to taste. For some extra heat add another ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  4. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve hot with optional garnish.

sweet potato chili

Here are some other delicious recipes I have created for Randall Beans:

Baked Chickpeas in a Butternut Squash Sauce

thanksgiving chickpeas
Baked Chickpeas in a Butternut Squash Sauce. Get the recipe here.

Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers with Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce

Quinoa Bean Burgers
Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers with Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce. Get the recipe here.

Kale and White Bean Vegetable Soup

Kale White Bean Vegetable Soup
Kale and White Bean Vegetable Soup. Get the recipe here.


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One thought on “Sweet Potato Chili

  1. Hi Kate! So great that you had the chance to ski! We actually never tried it ourselves, since skiing is quite rare in Greece (as you can imagine) 🙂 You can only do it for a few weekends each year so we never went for it (plus we’re not the most athletic kind of people you can find!:) )
    We bet up living in the US northeast you get a lot of chances to find snow in the mountains for most of the winter. Lucky you! (we both love snow)
    As for the chili now; LOVED it! We don’t know about the raisins, but when we saw 2 teaspoons of cumin we were like “THERE YOU GO! THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT!”. So yep! Big cumin fans, totally approve what you did:)
    And yes, a pinch of cinnamon always enhances ground beef. It’s a very common thing here, so it wasn’t strange for us:)
    Thank you for your yummy sweet potato version dear Kate!
    Have a fantastic day ahead!

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