Sweet Potato Lentil Chili

This sweet potato lentil chili is the perfect meal for a cold winter day, packed with nutrients and fiber from the sweet potatoes, lentils, and veggies. Your guests will love it — and they won’t even know it’s healthy. Feel free to leave out any of the veggies you don’t like or don’t have, with the exception of the sweet potatoes, which make this dish. Onions, mushrooms, and hot sauce will also be great additions.

sweet potato lentil chili

Sweet Potato Lentil Chili

Makes one large pot (5 quarts) — serves about 8 to 10


  • 1 32oz container veggie broth (low sodium if possible)
  • 1.5 C water
  • 3 (14.5oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 16oz package dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced (optional)
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • Huge handful kale (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Hot sauce (optional — to taste)


1) Add the veggie broth, water, diced tomatoes, and rinsed lentils into a large pot (mine is 5 quarts). Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes (to soften the lentils) while you’re chopping the garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, and green pepper.

2) Throw the garlic, kale, carrots, and sweet potato into the simmering pot, followed about 5 minutes later by the celery and green pepper and your spices. The room will now proceed to smell awesome.

3) Let the mixture continue to simmer, stirring frequently, until it reaches the level of cooked consistency you prefer. This shouldn’t take long (maybe 5 to 10 minutes more) — just make sure the carrots, sweet potatoes, and lentils are soft.

Enjoy! Serve as is or top with extra marinara sauce, hot sauce, or salsa and cilantro :)

sweet potato lentil chili


  1. 4

    Hi Anne! I’m trying this recipe tonight & posted a link on my FB page because I’m so excited to taste it!!! :) Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. My hubby is in your nutrition class!

    Hey Tina! I hope you guys liked the recipe! Let me know how it worked out!! :) -Anne

    • 5
      Tina Eckler says

      LOVED IT so much I ate it for lunch the next day, too :) Dave is still transitioningg to eating uber-healthy, so the recipe gets extra credt because he gave it a thumbs up! I also tried the chicken salad recipe with Greek yogurt and was so happy with the result. I used organic chicken, added a few pieces of apple and sprinkled sunflower seeds to the original recipe. YUM!

      Hooray!!! I’m so glad you guys liked it! Try it with some salsa and cilantro on top :) Or with extra tomato sauce – also amazing! Great idea with the chicken salad additions, too! -Anne

  2. 6

    This sounds yummy! I plan to make in tomorrow evening. Do you know how many servings this makes and what the serving size is?


    • 7

      I’m not sure actually – I made it so long ago! I used a large pot though, so it was a lot of chili. :) Let me know how many servings you come up with!

  3. 8

    I can taste this right now, I can’t wait until tomorrow when I make it.

  4. 9

    this looks SO GOOD. do you think it would work in a crock pot? i’m a crock pot novice, but am wanting to use it more often.

  5. 11

    This dish has become one of my favorites, as well as my families. I make mine a little more soupier, but your version looks good too.

  6. 12

    Hey, I have a question. Is the one tsp of pepper black pepper or a chili pepper like chipotle?

  7. 14

    this looks delicious! how many servings does this make?

  8. 16

    I’m excited to try this! I have a few questions: do you cook the sweet potato first or cube it and add it raw? Also, how long did you end up simmering yours at the end? Thanks!

  9. 19

    Great recipe Anne! I made this chili for my fiance and sisters tonight and it was a hit. I can’t wait to taste it tomorrow since chili is always better the next day. Keep up the great posts!

  10. 20

    I am planning on making this today, but was wondering if it would freeze well until Thanksgiving. I’m the only vegetarian in my family, and would like to have something hearty to bring over, but I won’t have time to make it the day of or before. What do you think? Thx for all your great recipes!

  11. 23

    Anne, I wanted to let you know that I made this last night, and loved it! I halved the recipe, and will be looking forward to enjoying leftovers this week! I love simple recipes like this that are veggie-packed, easy to make, and still super flavorful. Thank you!

  12. 25

    This looks like my kind of chili!! I love lentils more than any normal person probably should, and have been becoming increasingly fond of sweet potatoes lately. I don’t care if the weather’s starting to warm up now – this looks too delicious to wait for colder seasons!!

  13. 26

    OMG….this is seriously one of the best things I have ever made/eaten….so easy!!! Thank you so so much! I halved the recipe, added zucchini and put a couple little twists on it. YUM! Eating it right now and I had to stop to express my gratitude!

  14. 28

    I made this last night for me and my roomies and it was DELICIOUS! I swapped celery for onions and also added quinoa and I couldn’t get enough of it. Thanks!

  15. 30

    This looks like my kind of dish. Sweet potatoes, lentil, and a stew all in one? Sold!

  16. 31

    Looks like there’s onions in the photo, but not in the recipe???

  17. 33

    It’s dark and cold outside here in Germany, but I’ve got a steaming bowl of chili in front of me. Hits the stop!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  18. 34

    I had to cook this for much longer than the recipe stated, but it was worth it because this recipe is delicious! I opted for Swiss chard instead of celery and kale, and I added a teaspoon of smoked paprika. I love how the cinnamon and the sweet potato really bring the flavors out of one another, and how well they work with the rest of the ingredients in this dish.

  19. 35

    Has anyone tried this in the crock pot?

  20. 36

    What kind of lentils did you use?

  21. 38

    My fiancé was hesitant but he ate TWO bowls! Delicious!

  22. 40

    This chile is delicious! Want to try some of the other recipes but really disappointed there is no nutritional information included, especially how many calories.

  23. 42

    Made this dish last night. It was great on a crisp fall night. I added white kidney beans for extra protein

  24. 44

    Absolutely delicious! I thought it called for quite a bit of Cumin but it was perfect. The cinnamon added such an exotic flavor to this hearty, soul warming meal. Thank you so very much for sharing.

  25. 46

    Is the nutrition listed? I may have overlooked it, I’m trying to determine calories for, I’m guessing, a one cup serving?

    • 47

      Sorry, I don’t include calorie information for my recipes as I do not advocate calorie counting. You are welcome to calculate it yourself – has a good calculator!

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