Vegan Sweetpotato Chili with Creamy Coconut Rice

North Carolina Sweetpotatoes
Featured In WTFCF Season 1, Episodes 06 & 07: Sweetpotato Is One Word.
A great way to warm up on a cold day. This was a State Fair Recipe winner!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • large Dutch oven


  • 4 cups sweetpotatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can chili seasoned diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans, do not drain
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup rice of choice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 scallions or green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven, add 1 chopped onion, 3 minced garlic cloves, and 1 chopped bell pepper. Sauté until tender for about 5 mins.
  • Add 4 cups diced sweetpotatoes and cook until lightly browned. Then add 1 package taco seasoning. Mix well.
  • Add 1 can corn, 1 can black beans, 1 can diced tomatoes, 2 cups vegetable stock, and 1 teaspoon chili powder. Mix and reduce heat to low and cook 25 minutes until all vegetables are tender.

While Vegetables Are Cooking

  • In a saucepan with a tight fitting lid, add 2 cups coconut milk and 1 cup rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes until liquid is absorbed.

To Serve

  • Plate rice and top with chili and a scoop of chopped scallions.


    About the Author

    North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission LogoNorth Carolina is the nation's leading producer of sweetpotatoes, and not just by a little! About two-thirds of the U.S. sweetpotato crop is grown in North Carolina! Now you may notice we keep spelling "sweetpotato" as one word -- that's because that's the way it is! The scientific classification of this amazing vegetable is different enough from a white potato that the decision was made to make it a single word to avoid confusion. Which is confusing, we understand. However, you spell it, sweetpotatoes are simply delicious. Amazingly, they're also one of the healthiest foods on the planet! The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission was founded 60 years ago to help NC growers find new markets for their product. back then, tobacco ruled the roost for NC farmers -- it sustained generations and built the ag industry. But obviously the world changed -- as tobacco use declined, North Carolina needed a crop that liked the same land, hopefully used the same equipment and labor force -- something that could step right in as tobacco stepped out. Hello, sweetpotatoes! The Commission works tirelessly to find new markers for growers and spread the word about the wholesome goodness of North Carolina sweetpotatoes -- including coming up with scrumptious recipes like these we're proud to feature in the Where The Food Comes From Cookbook!