Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
All your variations on this recipe will always be good because the combination is just excellent!
1 small onion, diced
1 large sweet potato, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbls. chili powder (or more if you like)
2 tsp. cumin
pinch of cinnamon-optional
1/4 tsp. chipotle chile powder -optional (quite spicy hot-so use carefully if using)
1 1/2 cups water
1-15oz. can black beans
1-15oz. can diced tomatoes or use fresh chopped towards end of cooking
2 tsp. lime juice
3 Tbls. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp. salt and dash of pepper
2 tsp. pure maple syrup, agave or sugar-optional
Heat a large saucepan over medium-hgh heat. Add a few tablespoons of water (have a water glass handy when sautéing veggies so you can prevent scorching). Add onion and potato, stirring often until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, and chipotle. Cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add water and cook at a medium to higher heat until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat and stir in beans, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Cook a couple more minutes. Adjust seasonings and serve. (Best served warm and not piping hot.)
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