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Sweet Potato+ Black Bean Chili {Instant Pot}
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Instant Pot Sweet Potato + Black Bean Chili

Instant Pot Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili- Chili in under
30 mins? That’s right! This hearty vegetarian/vegan chili is chock full of
healthy black beans, sweet potatoes, onion, tomatoes and chili spices. Using
canned beans and cooking in the Instant Pot makes it possible to have this easy
chili dinner on the table quickly. (Vegetarian, Vegan, Customizable)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 310kcal


  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups water or low- sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14oz. can diced tomatoes (or fire roasted diced tomatoes)
  • 1 14oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • Fresh cilantro avocado, sliced green onions, shredded cheese (Vegan), or any other favorite toppings


  • Set Instant Pot to SAUTE and add olive oil. Add onions and cook until they begin to soften and become translucent (about 5 mins). Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add spices (chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt & pepper).
  • Add remaining ingredients (sweet potato, water, black beans and tomatoes). Stir to combine, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot. Turn off SAUTE mode and place lid on the pot. Lock lid in place and set vent to SEALING. Set pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK to HIGH PRESSURE for 5 mins. After the completion of the cooking cycle allow pot to NATURALLY RELEASE for 5 mins. followed by a MANUAL RELEASE to release any remaining pressure.
  • Ladle chili into bowls and top with desired toppings (fresh cilantro, shredded cheese (vegan), avocado, sliced green onion etc.).


How to customize this chili recipe
Change up the beans- sub in kidney beans, garbanzo or white beans for some or all of the black beans.
Spicy it up! – sub some RO*TEL (Brand of canned tomatoes with green chilis) for a portion of the diced tomatoes, or add hot sauce, pickled jalapeños or some additional cayenne pepper.
Extra veggies – add extra veggies like corn, diced carrots or bell peppers. Depending on amount added you may need to add some additional liquid or additional diced tomatoes.
Quinoa-  add 1 cup rinsed quinoa when adding sweet potatoes/beans etc.- increase to  4 cups of liquid (water/vegetable broth – instead of 1 /12 cup ). Increase cook time to 8 minutes and do a QUICK RELEASE when cooking cycle is complete.
Ground turkey – for the omnivores, add 1 lb. ground turkey – brown ground turkey with onions and follow remaining recipe. You may need to add an additional ½ cup of liquid (water or vegetable broth).


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.5g | Protein: 16.1g | Fat: 2.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 33.2mg | Potassium: 663.4mg | Fiber: 16.5g | Sugar: 10.5g