Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Bacon Chili


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! :)

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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

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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!

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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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Make this sweet potato, black bean, and bacon chili and have a date night IN! Healthy and delicious. Much better (and more convenient!) than eating out!

Servings: 6 -8
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and toss ingredients together.
  4. Add the black beans, kidney beans, fire roasted tomatoes, diced tomatoes and green chilies, and water. Stir until everything is well-mixed together.
  5. Bring mixture to a simmer then cover and cook 20-30 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are fork tender and mixture is thickened.
  6. Serve warm. Top with crispy bacon and scallions (optional)
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Posted on February 05, 2014

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 02/05/2014 at 6:38 am

    Love this recipe, Julie! Sweet potatoes and anything Tex-Mex is big with us. Love the addition of the bacon, too. Pinning!

  2. 02/05/2014 at 8:51 am

    This looks so great Julie! I can totally picture me loving this for dinner!!

  3. 02/05/2014 at 8:57 am

    Love the color of this chili!

  4. 02/05/2014 at 10:07 am

    Looks so great, Julie!! I love sweet potatoes, but especially in chili!

  5. 02/05/2014 at 10:16 am

    I promise I won’t give you any teasers for what’s to come since we’re up to date on the show. As for this dish…. uhmmm yes please! Bacon makes everything better :)

  6. 02/05/2014 at 10:25 am

    I am the only one not watching Homeland!! But this chili looks awesome!

  7. 02/05/2014 at 11:11 am

    love the addition of sweet potatoes into this chili – looks hearty & delish!

  8. 02/05/2014 at 11:18 am

    I prefer a quiet night, take out or make something as well. This chili sounds wonderful, I wonder if i can throw everything in the slow cooker…

  9. 02/05/2014 at 11:48 am

    Great chili recipe Julie! I bet it made your kitchen smell heavenly! Delish!

  10. 02/05/2014 at 11:51 am

    I totally binge watched Homeland season 1 & 2 as well. So good! The suspense of everything was killing me. I haven’t started season 3 yet. Have you gotten that far? I’m having a major food crush on sweet potatoes in soups lately. It gives them such great flavor and thickens them nicely too. Can’t wait to try this chili!

  11. 02/05/2014 at 12:36 pm

    Oh yes. i need this chili in my life for sure!

  12. 02/05/2014 at 12:44 pm

    Mmmmm….I want a big ol’ bowl of this chili! It’s flipping freezing here today!

  13. 02/05/2014 at 1:23 pm

    This does look like the perfect meal for a night in! Love the bacon too!

  14. 02/05/2014 at 2:06 pm

    Love this comforting and colorful chili!

  15. I agree with you about not fighting for a reservation on Valentine’s Day. My hubby and I have a special homemade dinner, then either a few days before or after, we’ll go out for a nice dinner. We give each other small gifts, but I tell him not to buy me flowers. He can buy them for me the rest of the year, but why should he pay double the regular price that he would for any other occasion.

  16. 02/06/2014 at 4:05 am

    Take out on valentines day sounds perfect! And this chili – it screams comfort In a bowl!

  17. 02/06/2014 at 10:00 am

    Though I am thoroughly aware that if I faceplanted this chili I would be seriously burned, I still want to do it, anyways. OMG. Love the bacon, obvi.

  18. 02/06/2014 at 11:00 am

    I’m just getting into Breaking Bad right now, but HOmeland is next on the list!! So many shows to get through. I’m so totally in heart with this chili, I’m a sweet potato fiend!

  19. 02/07/2014 at 5:19 am

    What a colourful plate!t

  20. 02/07/2014 at 12:02 pm

    Julie, thank goodness i am going to lunch right now because this dish is making me hungry.

  21. 02/07/2014 at 8:13 pm

    I think I actually prefer sweet potato chili to regular chili. This looks scrumptious!

  22. 02/07/2014 at 8:52 pm

    This chili looks like it would hit the right spot on a chilly day!

  23. 02/07/2014 at 10:41 pm

    Oh my gosh Julie – these photos are AMAZING!!! They make me want to grab a spoon and dig right in to this fantastic looking chili! YUM!

  24. 02/08/2014 at 4:23 pm

    Oh my this soup is calling my name! I must try this soon!

  25. 02/08/2014 at 4:49 pm

    I love binge watching shows, too! I haven’t gotten into Homeland yet, but it’s on my list. i’m a little worried that once I start watching, i won’t be able to get any work done! I’ve never thought of adding bacon to chili before, this one sounds delicious – thanks for sharing.

  26. 02/09/2014 at 9:56 am

    This sounds so warming and delicious! I love applewood smoked meats- really want to try this now!

  27. 02/09/2014 at 5:54 pm

    What a tasty chili! Bacon makes everything better!!!

  28. Marian Thomas
    09/24/2014 at 5:00 pm

    Just wondering, what do you do if you do not have a dutch oven?

    • Julie
      09/25/2014 at 8:58 am

      You can use a regular pot.

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