Chili is a great choice anytime, especially in the cooler months of the year! There are SO MANY variations, but this nutrient-packed combinations is one of my favorites!
The sweet potato nicely balances the heat of the chili powder while adding plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, soluble fiber, and a beautiful orange color!
Black beans are an excellent source of protein and resistant starch which has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.
Tomatoes provide acidity, lycopene, and flavor while the spice mixture of garlic, chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon provides the perfect flavor balance.
If you are a meat eater, use pasture-raised, grass-fed beef or pasture raised ground turkey or chicken. However, if you are vegan or vegetarian or just don't have meat on hand, you can easily leave it out or add in a couple cups of cooked lentils or quinoa for extra protein and nutrients.
The recipe has the option of adding a bottle of beer. If you are following this option, I suggest a micro-brew with a complementary flavor base. When first developed, I used pumpkin ale, but have also used an October fest varieties with good results. (Personally, I usually omit and just use more stock.)
If you are looking to make this a pantry meal and don't have fresh sweet potatoes, substitute a can of pumpkin puree!
Remember, cooking should be fun and enjoyable! Use recipes as guides and let your creativity and imagination run free! Enjoy!