Slow Cooker Sweet Potato-Black Bean Chili

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Forgive me for missing yesterday’s “Meatless Monday,” but now that every day is meatless round these parts, it can be hard to remember. Besides, yesterday I was up to my eyeballs in boxer shorts. That’s right, boxer shorts! After 9 months of veganism, my husband has lost a whopping 15 pounds! He happily eats like a horse, but the pounds – as Paul Simon says, slip-sliding away! So this weekend, my husband culled his wardrobe. Call it the vegan equivalent of hunting, his castoff clothing filled 6 trash bags. If I hadn’t schlepped it all to Goodwill yesterday, even our dog would be wearing boxers, and she’s a Rottie, for pete’s sake!

Anyway, onto the recipe! And what a recipe.. Ooooh, if you like chili, you are going to LOVE THIS. Hot, filling, supremely satisfying, not to mention absolutely delicious, unbelievably flavorful, almost work-free (thank you, slow cooker), fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-sodium, AND vegan too! Subtly sweet, spicy – yet not overpoweringly hot, it truly is the best of all chili worlds.

As in last week’s Slow Cooker Minestrone, I used V8 Low Sodium Vegetable Juice here instead of broth, but you can of course substitute your choice of stock, or even water if you’d prefer. This chili makes a terrific meal on its own, or if the mood strikes, use as a filling for fabulous low-sodium tacos or burritos. Spoon over steamed rice, quinoa, couscous, or other whole grain. Use as a sauce for your favorite pasta. Top hot baked potatoes, broccoli, or other veg. Drizzle over a platter of salt-free tortilla chips for guilt-free nachos. Or, do like I did last night, and pair with a simple cilantro-lime brown rice and sliced ripe avocado. Talk about AMAZING.

Serves 8.

SODIUM CONTENT: 87 mg per serving


1 large onion, diced
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium carrots, diced
2 medium stalks celery, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2-15-oz. cans no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed
2-15-oz. cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, with juice
6 T. no-salt-added tomato paste
2 c. low-sodium vegetable juice
1/4 c. red wine
2 T. agave nectar
2 T. ground cumin
2 t. dried oregano
1 1/2 t. ground coriander
1 t. ground chili powder
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
freshly ground black pepper to taste


Place all ingredients into a slow cooker and stir well. Cover, set to high, and cook 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.

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9 Responses to Slow Cooker Sweet Potato-Black Bean Chili

  1. Carol says:

    This sounds yummy – and the slow cooker minestrone recipe was awesome!! Since I didn’t have agave nectar or red wine in the house, I eliminated those. AND since I don’t like tomatoes, I substituted 2 small cans tomato paste. It was great!

  2. Mira says:

    Since I am not a fan of sweet potatoes, do you think it would be okay to use just regular potatoes instead?

    • Christy says:

      Hi Mira! You could definitely swap potatoes and see what you think. Or, if you prefer, you could even try a winter squash, such as butternut, which would give a similar subtle sweetness. Best of luck!

  3. Lucy says:

    I will Definitely make this as well. I made a batch of your minestrone soup and it is fabulous. I am still eating off of it. I so appreciate you sharing your recipes with us. It makes it so much easier. I especially thank you for turning me onto the low-sodium V8. I will use that from now on as my soup base.

  4. Julie Bolduc says:

    I made this today with acorn squash and left out the low sodium veggie juice, since I forgot to buy it! I also put red wine vinegar instead of red wine, since I didn’t have any of that. I also added 1 1/2 t. Sirracha black pepper since my husband really likes chili spicy. Oh my! So good! Definitely different, but delicious! It’s raining here today with a tropical storm coming in, perfect!

  5. Ellen says:

    I come back to your site again and again. We have gluten-free, dairy free and very low sodium (meniere’s) challenge’s so I have been on a food bummer lately. Tonight we’re having vegetarian eating friends over for dinner and the challenge seemed overwhelming. Then I remembered thedailydish! This recipe and your split pea soup will do the trick. Thank you so much for being an encouragement to us!

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