Black Bean, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili Print Recipe Print Recipe


I’m TOTALLY giddy right now.

Yesterday was the last call of our first Group Health Coaching series.

We did it.

We created a community.

We changed peoples lives.

We stood in our purpose.

I couldn’t be more proud of these women and their commitment to themselves than I am right now. Makes my heart race and can feel a pressure building up behind my eyes. Being apart of this group has changed my life just as much as it has changed theirs. What a gift.

The best part. . .  there doesn’t need to be any sappy goodbyes BECAUSE  most of them are now signing up for level TWO!!!

<heart’s racing even faster>



The support boxes are almost ready to be sent out to the NEXT level 1 group, which started last week – another amazing group!

In support [hence the name above] of this course, Bob’s Red Mill has graciously donated several full size bags of quinoa and black beans.

Seriously you guys, Bob’s Red Mill ROCKS my world! I buy most their flours, starches, grains, and beans, which you can find at most all Whole Foods.

My freezer should be an ad for Bob’s. There’s probably 20 + different flours & starches lining the entire space. Oh that and our coffee canister – keeps it fresh.




While I was working on a few recipes with grains and beans for the group, I just had to share this one with you all.

Yeah, so it’s not your typical “chili”. . .

It’s a warm, hearty stew/chili that’s comforts you after a long day, gives you feel good energy and won’t leave you dissatisfied.

I like it because you get the sweetness from the sweet potatoes, protein from the quinoa and good carbs from the beans. It’s a package deal, if you ask me.

Since my husband won’t go near sweet potatoes, I ended up freezing half the batch and then enjoyed the rest as leftovers that next week.

This could also be a great option to serve for the super bowl, especially if anyone’s vegetarian. Speaking of super bowl, here are a few other options.



Black Bean, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili

PRINT Recipe


  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 14.5-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes [with juice]
  • 1/2 pound dried black beans, rinsed
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2-3 cups sweet potato, peeled, and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup quinoa

Topping options

  • Sour cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Fresh cilantro


In a large pot over, warm olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add onions and cook until soft and they begin to brown – stir often, about 6-8 minutes.

Add garlic; stir 1-2 minute. Sprinkle chili powder, coriander, and cumin over; continue to stir for about 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes, black beans and add 5 cups water.

Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours – stirring occasionally

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Stir sweet potatoes and quinoa and simmer uncovered over medium-low heat, just until potatoes are tender – about 30 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, etc. and/or toasted bread with a little butter  ~ Enjoy!


Makes about 5-6 servings

*gluten-free *dairy-free *vegetarian


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  • Jessica

    This is beautiful! I can’t wait to try it!! I already have everything to make it… 🙂

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is such a healthy looking chili! Love this idea!

  • Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    i love all the ingredients and feel healthier just reading the recipe…sounds like a win to me!

  • Beth Erman

    Looks great! And I too have many Bob’s flours in my freezer! 🙂

  • Latan1125

    Hi! I’m a new fan and fellow blogger. Recently became gluten free and am SO happy to have found your blog. It’s been a hard transition for me but I’m learning day by day from inspirational blogs such as yours. THANK YOU! 

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Looks great to me!  I love any variation on chili and the flavors sound delicious in yours 🙂

  • Shauna

    This needs to be lunch today. LOVE!

  • Bev Weidner

    NIIICE! You’re so awesome. And I totally want to make out with that chili.

  • channing [channingosity]

    YUM! quinoa for a light crunch? sweet potato for a sweet-creamy-healthy twist. black beany goodness! yum, yum, yum! looks amazing! channing

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  • Rosa @ FlutterFlutter

    I’m going to make this today! I even have all the ingredients already… SCORE! 😉

  • Tara Wondergirl

    i’m making this, like tonight. looks so amazing lisa!



  • Christine B.

    I can’t wait to make this!  I have (almost) all the ingredients at home right now!  Question though: can you give an easy edit for using canned black beans?  I have a stock pile of sorts at home of canned organic black beans and would prefer to cut out the 2 hours of cooking needed for the dry beans.  I’m assuming it would change the amount of water added, but don’t know how much considering the quinoa will need some as well.  I’m sure I can wing it and figure it out, but thought I’d ask if you have a quick answer.  Thanks for sharing!

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    OMG this looks fantastic!! I was actually googling just yesterday for a black bean quinoa chili and then here this was! Perfect timing! Can’t wait to make it!

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful chili, right up my alley. LOVE IT!

  • Brenda

    Now that I know I LOVE quinoa, this sounds super delicious!!

  • Clara

    Lisa- this is such an inspiring post! I love reading about people’s projects and efforts coming to fruition. And it’s even better when it’s something you love!  Congrats to you 🙂

  • Angiesrecipes

    A nutritious and delicious dish!

  • Tracy @ Daily Deal Blog

    So elegant! I will totally make these for my next party.

  • Jo

    Looks/sounds great! Quick question…do you use cooked quinoa in the recipe or does it cook with the soup? I’m new to quinoa and wasn’t sure…I assume it cooks with the soup…?

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  • Anonymous

    I’ve made this with canned black beans before & it works just fine. Go ahead and try it with a little less water and if you need to add more you can.

  • Anonymous

     you’re right on – uncooked quinoa 🙂

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