Forget the reservations…make this sweet potato, black bean, and bacon chili for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day and have a date night IN! Healthy and delicious. Much better (and more convenient!) than eating out! :)
You guys, the show Homeland is ridiculously good. My heart is racing during every show and any weird noises I hear in our house when the suspenseful scenes are on, I totally jump out of my seat and scream. I’m so entranced in the plot and I love how they made it so the audience knows the real story and the CIA is still trying to figure it out. There are so many times I just want to scream at the TV and be like, ‘YOU’RE WRONG!’ haha
I’ve noticed that since Jason and I
watch binge on shows in the evenings together instead of staring at our computer screens; it’s actually helped me relax and it’s a really nice way to wind our days down. I know they say that you shouldn’t always be staring at screens but I honestly think you should do what you think is best for you and your family and what helps you guys get to that relaxing point. I know Jason and I don’t read so we wouldn’t sit in the living room with a book, so the next best thing we do (and love to do together) is watch television shows. I still think that’s a nice way to spend time together even though you’re staring at a screen. You still have discussions over what you think is going to happen in the show and all that. At dinner, we turn off all electronics and focus on chatting about our day and figure out life things together. It’s a good balance. I think all this stuff online that dictates what you should do and how you should do it is just so general. I agree that you probably shouldn’t spend 99% of your time on your phone when you’re out for date nights or when your spouse is talking to you or when your children are around, but you also shouldn’t cut it out completely. I’m all about balance and moderation. I’m not good when people tell me what I should do in my life :) they aren’t living it!
So, since we’re on the topic of relaxing and doing things together with your spouse, what are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Jason and I started a tradition where we order take-out and have take-in for dinner. We really could care less about fighting for reservations on Valentine’s Day. A simple card and take-out to recognize the day is good enough for the two of us. And honestly, after a long day at work, the last thing I want to think about is rushing to a restaurant to eat an overpriced Valentine’s Day prix fixed menu.
I came up with this sweet potato, black bean, and bacon chili because well, America’s true love is bacon! 60% of Americans prefer bacon over Valentine’s Day! That’s some love for bacon right there! This chili is super hearty, filling, and extremely flavorful! I think it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! Serve it alongside some crusty bread and you’ve got yourself a winning meal! Best of all? One-pot! Yessssssss
Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Bacon Chili
- 10 oz Smithfield applewood smoked thick cut bacon, diced
- 2 large sweet potatoes or 4 cups peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1: 15.5 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1: 15.5 oz can of light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1: 14.5 oz can of diced fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
- 1: 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
- 1 1/4 cups water
- Green scallions, for garnish
- In a 5.5 quart dutch oven, cook bacon until crispy then place on a plate lined with a couple of sheets of paper towels and let drain.
- Using the bacon fat, over medium high heat, sauté onions, green bell pepper, and garlic, until softened and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle ground cumin, chipotle powder, salt, and pepper and mix together.
- Add the sweet potatoes and toss ingredients together.
- Add the black beans, kidney beans, fire roasted tomatoes, diced tomatoes and green chilies, and water. Stir until everything is well-mixed together.
- Bring mixture to a simmer then cover and cook 20-30 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are fork tender and mixture is thickened.
- Serve warm. Top with crispy bacon and scallions (optional)
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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