Sweet Potato Chocolate Chili with Kale


It was cold today, so I decided to make chili. I do my best to eat lots of dark leafy greens, so I searched for a recipe that called for kale. I found a promising Sweet Potato Kale Chili recipe on VegWeb.

What struck me about the recipe was the seasonings, especially that it called for two tablespoons of cocoa powder. I’ve never had chili with chocolate before, but I love mole sauce so I decided to try it.

I altered the recipe to my taste and to make it approved on the Plant-Based Diet my husband and I are on. We had it for dinner tonight and it was really, really good. After tasting it my husband said, “I love this chili! This is my favorite chili of all time. I want to bathe in it.” Seriously, that’s what he said!

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chili with Kale


2 sweet potatoes – cut into cubes

1 bunch dino kale, stripped and chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 red bell peppers, chopped

1 1/2 tsp. salt (you may reduce or eliminate the salt depending on your diet)

2 cloves chopped garlic, chopped

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 can black beans and one can kidney beans

2 cans diced tomatoes

3 cups vegetable broth


1. Saute garlic, celery, onions, and carrots over medium heat in water for 10 minutes.

2. Add bell peppers and sweet potato, cover and simmer for additional 10 minutes stirring occasionally and adding water as needed.

3. Add vegetable broth, salt, chili powder, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.

4. Stir in kale.

5. Add beans and tomatoes.

6. Cook together for 30 minutes with all ingredients combined.

Serve with vegan cornbread or chips and guac!

Serves 6 to 8.

Photo courtesy of A Nomad’s Dream.

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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74 Responses to Sweet Potato Chocolate Chili with Kale

  1. Bridget says:

    Wow – looks amazing – comfort food indeed! πŸ™‚

  2. Mike Lince says:

    It is cold here, too, and that looks really yummy! Did you take that photo, because it came out great! – Mike

    • Hey Mike! Always a pleasure to hear from you!! This is getting embarrassing, but no, I didn’t take the photo (you can see the photo credit at the end of the post). I just don’t have a lot of time to practice my photography these days. Oh well, maybe after the holidays are over. Hope all is well with you guys. πŸ™‚

  3. Penniless Veggie says:

    I’m always trying to add in different veggies in my bean chilli – but he doesn’t like too many (just peppers and sweetcorn last time), I wonder if I could get away with sweet potato? Sounds really good!

    • I can’t imagine anyone not liking this chili – even with the kale!! Of course, I’m used to eating kale so what do I know about what others will eat. I’ve also put zucchini in chili before and that was tasty too. Good luck with upping the veggies. πŸ™‚

  4. roytanusree says:

    Chocolate and chili sounds great and the photo is really amazing ! πŸ™‚

  5. vegainvianen says:

    This looks amazing, Celeste! I will have to make this very soon πŸ™‚

  6. bikerchick57 says:

    I’ve been thinking about chili lately and this looks yummy. May need to try this, especially since our temps will be headed downward after today. It’s always good to have a bowl of warmth.

    • Yes, the chill has finally hit. I’m sitting at my computer wrapped in a blanket as I write this note. I hope you give this recipe a try, I know you’ll love it! Hope you’re having an awesome week chica! πŸ™‚

  7. Poppy says:

    That sounds delicious, I love the depth chocolate gives to chili. Your husband made me laugh! πŸ˜€

    • You’ve had chocolate chili before? Wow, I’d never heard of adding cocoa to chili before I saw this recipe. You’re right – it does give it a lovely depth! πŸ™‚

      • Poppy says:

        Yes, I first saw Gordon Ramsay add squares of dark choc to chili a few years ago and initially hated the idea. Then I saw a few other celeb chefs do the same and thought they can’t all be bonkers! I tried it and loved it! I’ve never used actual cocoa powder, I melt a couple squares of dark chocolate in but I doubt it’s very different! I love the idea of sweet potato and kale in there too, sounds so much more interesting than just a plain bean chili. πŸ˜€

  8. What a gorgeous picture! It certainly looks very tasty.I like both chocolate in my chili and chili in my chocolate!

    • I guess chocolate in chili is a “thing”. I don’t know why I’ve never heard of it before. Like you I love a pinch of chili in my chocolate so how come I never thought to reverse that? Oh well, I’ve discovered it now! I hope you’re having a fab week! πŸ™‚

  9. Lovely picture, Celeste! And inspiring recipe! πŸ™‚

  10. foodbod says:

    Absolutely looks like my kind of food πŸ™‚

  11. Lisa says:

    I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW!! I could eat soups and chilis all year πŸ™‚

  12. Laura says:

    In love with the recipe – and I have all of the ingredients! Can’t wait to make it!

  13. Sophie33 says:

    πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ a lovely divine recipe, I love it too. MMMMMM,….I Will,make it tonight,….Ooh yes.

  14. It is so interesting to add cocoa powder in this recipe, thanks! πŸ™‚

  15. Ani says:

    Celeste this looks amazing!! I have a recipe for vegan pumpkin chili on my blog, but now I must give this one a try!!

  16. It started snowing here last night and I wanted chili so bad. This sounds great! I think I’ll put this on my menu for next week.

  17. Yum! How flavorful and delicious!

  18. Celeste – You continue to impress. Delicious and hearty! Best – Shanna

  19. Adding chocolates or cocoa powder to savory dish is still a new idea to me, a fabulous one at that. The chili looks so~ delectable. πŸ˜€

  20. Well, best of all time! I’m IN!! Sunday will be my chili day!

  21. This looks great Celeste! I’m yet to try chocolate in chili but I’ve heard it’s delicious. We’ve just started summer here, so I might have to wait for some cool weather to try this one…

  22. Wow, looks and sounds fantastic Celeste!! And what a great idea with the cocoa! As you wrote, it reminds me of mole sauce πŸ˜‰ Yum, must try it some time! Thanks for sharing. Sylvia

  23. veganlovin1 says:

    Reblogged this on veganlovin1 and commented:
    Χ˜Χ•Χ‘ Χ–Χ” ΧœΧ™Χ’Χͺ Χ”Χ’Χœ!!!!!!!!

  24. Great photo, Celeste! I recently made chili too – it hasn’t made it up on the blog yet, but I also use cocoa powder, don’t you just love how rich it makes the dish? I like your sweet potato idea – I’ll have to try that, too!

  25. sophiazerg says:

    I can’t wait to try cocoa in my chili, I just love this idea! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  26. Jeanne Allen says:

    Hi Celeste! this chilli looks like chilli that you can serve to anybody. cocoa? Who would think putting cocoa in chilli. I am serving this Sunday and turn up the heat in this New England weather. Our Paul actually wants to bathe in this.

    • Hehe – yes, Paul actually said he wants to bathe in this. Anyway, I hope you liked the recipe as much as we did. It’s making me wonder what else I can put cocoa in. Hmmmm…. πŸ™‚

      • Jeanne Allen says:

        I the chilli this past Sunday with white sweet potatoes. Not too sweet and it compliments the chocolate. Bill actually loves the dish and brought into work today.

    • That’s wonderful Jeanne!! I’m so excited that Bill liked it so much. Yea!!! Tell Bill I did a happy dance when I found out. πŸ™‚

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  28. shellebell says:

    Chocolate, sweet potatoes and chili? My three favorites!! I will be making this soon, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  31. kaylesflik says:

    Reblogged this on activeflick and commented:
    This “Sweet Potato Chocolate Chili” looks delish. I will try it out this weekend and let you all know how it is.

    Thanks Celeste.



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