I love chili. And I love it even more because my dad hunts. And that means free venison. And that makes for a happy me. Yessssss! Therefore, I like to make chili because it’s easy, it can be packed with protein, and you usually make quite a bit so you can freeze leftovers if you want. It also tastes so good on a cold day when I want comfort food.
I have received and viewed a couple of recipes that have added sweet potatoes into the mix. I was interested in trying out this new variation so I made my own tasty, little dinner.
You could probably make this in a crock-pot if you wanted. I was ready to eat so I made it on the stovetop. Give me that food, ASAP.
Here are your ingredients:
- 1 pound of meat – I used venison.
- 1/2 pound of bacon
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (14.5 oz) of diced tomatoes – I used fire roasted
- 1 can (15 oz) of tomato sauce
- Chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, red cayenne pepper
- 1 sweet potato, or more if you have more people!
First, heat the oven to 425 degrees, scrub your sweet potato and prick some holes in it with a fork. Put on a cookie sheet lined with foil. If you want to season it, go for it. I cooked my big ol’ potato for about 60 minutes because it was huge. I think I even had to put in the microwave for a couple minutes because that puppy was not tender enough for me.
While your potato is cooking, brown the meat. In another pan, cook the bacon. When your bacon is fully cooked, let it cool a bit and then chop into about 1 inch chunks. Then, in a large pot, sauté the diced red pepper, green pepper, and onion in olive oil over medium heat. Once the veggies have cooked down a bit, add in tomatoes, tomato sauce, black beans, meat, and bacon. Stir all together. Add in your spices. You can add however much of a spice that you’d like. I like a little spicy chili so I was adding in more chili powder and cayenne pepper. I didn’t measure any spices out though. Probably 2 tbsp of chili powder, 1-2 tbsp of cumin, 1 tbsp of garlic powder, ½ tbsp of black pepper, ½ tbsp of salt, 1 tbsp of cayenne. Maybe.
Mix all of this up, put a lid on your pot and let it get nice and combined. I like to stir it every 5-10 minutes. Maybe I check so often because I don’t want my chili to get ruined. Or because I was extremely hungry and wanted to eat it.
I probably let the chili meld together for about 30 minutes or so. Once my sweet potato was done I cut it down the middle and into smaller chunks. I poured some chili over it and enjoyed my bowl of heaven. Hope you like this tasty recipe!