Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

Keep dinner simple with this vegan sweet potato chili made in a slow cooker. The cooked sweet potatoes add a touch of sweetness and flavor, especially when combined with fresh chili spices. This slow cooker recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.

Add a serving of vegan cornbread on the side for the best meal ever!

Two bowls of vegan sweet potato chili sit one in front of the other. A bit of parsley is in the background.

Don’t you love making a batch of easy vegan chili? But it’s a good idea to mix things up a little.

I decided to make this batch a little different. This vegan sweet potato and black bean chili is a great way to serve the same flavors with a twist. I had a hunch the black beans would go well with the sweet potatoes and I was right!

Making chili in a slow cooker lets the flavors simmer together all day and means an easy dinner is on the way!

But before I go off sounding like the chili whisperer, there’s another reason I used a slow cooker with this recipe: time. Sweet potatoes cook up so quickly (thanks to their natural sugars). That means you can throw everything into the slow cooker and let it cook all day.

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • FLAVORFUL — Sweet potatoes add flavor and texture throughout this chili
  • EASY — Using a slow cooker means that dinner is cooking while you’re doing other things
  • PROTEIN — Adding veggie crumbles contributes delicious plant-based protein to every bite!

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Aromatics — We’ll be cooking chopped onion with garlic cloves in olive oil
  • Sweet potatoes — You’ll need two medium sweet potatoes
  • Black Beans — I prefer black beans, but you can substitute dark or light kidney beans
  • Tomatoes — You’ll need two 15-ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • Veggie Crumbles — I suggest using veggie crumbles, but you can make it with or without veggie crumbles
  • Seasonings — You’ll be adding Chili seasoning or substitute homemade taco seasoning. You can also add salt and pepper based on your taste preferences.

Give this chili a stuffed pepper vibe by adding chopped red bell peppers when sautéing the onions.

How to Make Sweet Potato Chili

It’s so easy to make this black bean sweet potato chili because it’s all done in the crockpot. That means you won’t need additional pans to make this recipe work.

  1. Cook onions and garlic in a slow cooker on high for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except for the veggie crumbles, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Stir in the veggie crumbles and nutritional yeast flakes before serving.

Serving Sweet Potato Chili

Here are some favorite toppings to serve with this sweet potato black bean chili:

Storage Tips

To store chili, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it by storing it in freezer-safe containers where it will keep up to 1 to 2 months. To thaw it, leave the container in the fridge or overnight, or leave it out at room temperature for a few hours. Heat up individual servings in a microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.

Two bowls of sweet potato chili are in this photo. There is one bowl in the front and another behind it. There are slices of sweet potato and a sprig of parsley behind them.

More Vegan Chili Ideas

Do you love this vegan sweet potato chili? Here are even more vegan chili recipes (and chili sides) you’ll love:

Two bowls of sweet potato chili sit one in front of the other. There are slices of sweet potatoes and a sprig of parsley in the background.

Plant-Based Sweet Potato Chili

This plant-based sweet potato chili is made in aa slow . You'll love the extra nutrition provided from this sweet potatoes black bean chili recipe.
5 from 9 votes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 99kcal


  • 1 medium onion , peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes , washed and chopped (see note)
  • 30 oz canned black beans
  • 30 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons chili seasoning (see note)
  • 1 cup veggie crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes , optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the chopped onions and minced garlic in a slow cooker and drizzle with olive oil. Stir to combine. Set temperature to high and cook for about 10 minutes. See note for stovetop instructions.
  • Turn heat to low and add the chopped sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, and chili seasoning. Cook for 6 to 8 hours.
    A crockpot is full of sweet potato chili, ready to be served into bowls!
  • About 30 minutes before serving, add the veggie crumbles and nutritional yeast flakes. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm with vegan cornbread.

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Chili seasoning — I prefer to use taco seasoning because it has a higher ratio of cumin. You can take the basic taco seasoning ingredients and add more chili powder to achieve a homemade chili seasoning that works for you. 
Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1265IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2.6mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2018 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

27 Responses to Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlysara Reply

    Sounds and looks delicious.

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyEmily Reply

    Hi Marly, the recipe calls for “3 tbsp chili seasoning (see note)” but I cannot find any notes. Can you clarify what chili seasoning is used? Thanks!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Emily. The note is fixed now. It’s linking to my taco seasoning as a way to make it at home I feel like I’m constantly running out so having a way to make it at home is so nice! You can use any chili seasoning you like. I think they all have different variations based on the spices. Taco seasoning has a bit more cumin in the mix, but I really like that flavor so it works for me.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLisa Reply

    Where are the “notes?” You refer to them several times but there aren’t any on this page….?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Lisa. I searched this page but didn’t see where I referenced notes. Are you possibly referring to a different page?

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJo Reply

    I noticed it doesn’t say to peel the sweet potatoes ( or does that go without saying ) and I could not find “note“ that it refers to seeing.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Jo. Thanks for your comment. I do not peel the sweet potatoes in this recipe. I will add a note in the recipe for that. Thanks!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlykristin Reply

    i love a good slow cooker chili recipe! nothing better than coming home and having dinner waiting for you!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTina Reply

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh- this chili recipe us amazing! Loved it! And the cornbread was done if the best I’ve ever had…. and I love cornbread, so that’s saying a lot! Thanks so much- your recipes are great.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Tina! You just made my day! I’m so glad you made both and loved them! Oh, that cornbread. I SO love it. We are kindred spirits!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyChristy Reply

    Hi! I just made this and it’s still cooking. Can’t wait to try it! The title says Quinoa but the directions don’t include it. Am I missing something? Perhaps you exchanged that ingredient with the veggie crumbles, but forgot to update the title?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Christy! Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you’re trying this recipe. It’s one of our favorites! Also, thanks for your note about the quinoa. It was a “description” field that needed to be updated. It’s fixed now! Hugs to you!

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