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Sweet, Spiced & Everything Diced Chili

This unique 3-bean chili will satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Full of fresh veggies and chiles, the sweet savory goodness gets extra heat from the smoky chipotles peppers. Top with cheese, green onions, sour cream, avocado and corn chips for the ultimate experience. This base chili is both vegan and gluten free depending on the toppings you choose.


  • 1-2 cups each of black beans, pinto beans and cannellini beans (see Basic Beans to make your own- cook them together to save time)

  • 3 T olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1/2 white onion, diced

  • 1/2 red onion, diced

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped

  • 1-2 pasilla chiles, roasted, peeled and chopped (see Roasting Chiles )

  • 3 chopped chipotle peppers with adobe sauce (see Note 1)

  • 1 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes with juice

  • 2 T tomato paste

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Spices: 1 t cumin, 1 t chili powder, 1 t oregano, t t garlic powder, 1 t onion powder, 1 t cocoa powder, 1 t cinnamon 1/2 t cloves, 1 t salt, 1/2 t black pepper (increase or decrease spices to taste and preference)

  • Additional water or vegetable broth

  • Topping possibilities: Avocado, green onions, cheddar, sour cream, cilantro

Directions: (use in instant pot or on stove top)

  1. Saute olive oil, add garlic and onions and stir for 3-5 minutes

  2. Add sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes

  3. Add bell peppers, and after 3 minutes add in remaining chiles, peppers, tomatoes, paste, spices, and bay leaf.

  4. If using instant pot, cover and set to soup mode. On stove, partially cover and let simmer for up to one hour, adding liquid if needed. The flavors intensify the longer it cooks, so continue to heat on low, taste and add more spices if desired.

  5. Serve hot in a bowl. Consider serving with rice, quinoa, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, French bread or corn chips and with other toppings

Note #1: If you like it spicy, add a jalapeno pepper, diced along with the other peppers


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