Sweet & Smoky Vegetarian Chili



Tip of the day: do not operate heavy knifery when you are tired, mad, hungover, frustrated or intoxicated. It will result in loss of finger tips.

More often then not, this is me on a Sunday evening. Struggling to put together a meal whilst battling the after affects of a rowdy weekend. This sweet and smoky chilli was worth the lost limbs it took to get it on the table. Once everything was painstakingly chopped (okay it wasn’t that bad) and jars of beans opened, watching it simmer for the next 35 minutes was extremely satisfying…

-Even more so when your carnivorous father utters the words ‘….best hes ever had’ and  ‘cant even tell its meat-less’.  The wide variety of beans, vegetables, spices and flavours are definitely to thank for that.

Iv never put sweet potato in a chili but it was a perfect compliment to the smoky and sweet flavor the emanated from this pot of goodness.

The secret to the smokynesss in the chili is ‘Liquid Smoke’ which usually keep on hand for my pulled pork endeavors. It makes a huge difference with only a couple drops.

You wont believe how meaty and delicious it is to eat the rainbow with this chili


Sweet and Smoky Vegetarian Chili Recipe (About 6 Servings)


  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet potato, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, 1 yellow pepper. chopped
  • 1.5 zucchini, shredded
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 can chickpeas
  • 3/4  can black beans
  • 3/4 can kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coco powder
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • chipotle or regular hot sauce, to taste



  1. In a large pot set to medium, sweat the onions, garlic, peppers, and sweet potato for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly
  2. Add in all beans, tomatos, and zucchini.
  3. Add in vegetable broth, and stir well.
  4. Add in all spices.
  5. Set to high, and once it reaches a boil let simmer for 35 minutes. Stir every 5-10 minutes.
  6. Taste chili and make any seasoning adjustments if necessary. This is where i splashed in copious amounts of hot sauce and extra salt and pepper.

Serve with tortilla chips, plain yogurt, avocado, cilantro, jalapenos and more!


One comment

  1. I just made this chili for a girls weekend away & it is great! I loved the addition of the liquid smoke and brown sugar.

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