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Chipotle-Spiced Sweet Potato Chili

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 - 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 onion medium dice
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes peeled and cubed into ½ inch dice
  • 2 cloves garlic rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup dark beer
  • 28 ounce can whole tomatoes crushed with their juice
  • 2 whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red hot sauce or more, if desired
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 ears corn kernels removed or 1½ cups frozen corn
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups tortilla chips crushed


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Place sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan and toss with one tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper as desired and bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  • Heat a deep heavy pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Sauté the onions until lightly caramelized.
  • Add the garlic, chili powder, chipotle powder, and cumin, and cook for another minute or until the spices are fragrant. Stir them frequently, so they don’t burn at the bottom of the pan.
  • Deglaze the pan with the beer and scrape up any browned bits (these are called fond, and they’re full of flavor) from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the tomatoes, chipotle peppers, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
  • Simmer the chili for about 15-20 minutes or until it thickens slightly. Add the corn, beans, sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Serve in a bowl topped with crushed tortilla chips, if desired.