Sweet potato and spinach chilli

  • 25min
  • 4
  • 279 kcal
  • Intermediate
  • Vegan
  • High fibre , 5-a-day , Paleo , Ketogenic
  • Celery

Per 368 g contains

279 kcal 1177 kj
1.8 g
0.4 g
13.9 g
0.7 g

of an adult's recommended intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 320kj/76kcal

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Reviewed by Rose Constantine Smith

A flavoursome creamy chilli that is not too hot, which the whole family will love.

This one was requested for a teenager's birthday meal and, if you know teenagers, that makes this nutritious recipe an absolute goldmine! Delicious served alone or with a side salad.


For the chilli
  • Sweet potatoes (large)
  • Chopped tomato (fresh or canned)
    240g 8.5oz
  • Tomato paste
  • White onion (large)
  • Bouillon/vegetable stock (reduced salt)
  • Kidney beans (canned or soaked if dried)
    240g 8.5oz
  • Black beans (canned or soaked if dried)
    240g 8.5oz
  • Celery
    3 stalks
  • Spinach
    120g 4oz
  • Garlic
    3 cloves
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cumin
  • Chilli powder
  • Cinnamon
Toppings (optional)
  • Coriander
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Cooking Method

  1. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes and chop into roughly 2 cm cubes.
  2. Half fill a pan with water and bring to the boil. Drop the sweet potatoes into the water and boil for 15-20 mins or until tender.
  3. While you are waiting for the sweet potatoes, peel and dice the onion.
  4. Heat a large heavy-based pan to med-high heat and place the onions inside. Fry for a few minutes before pouring in half a cup of water, followed by the bouillon/vegetable stock.
  5. Add in the spices and garlic, followed by the tomato paste and chopped tomatoes. Throw in the black beans and kidney beans. Stir well.
  6. Reduce the heat and leave the sauce to simmer.
  7. Dice the celery. Pulse the spinach in the food processor. In order to maintain the nutritional benefits of these ingredients it is important they are added in at the end so they are heated, but not cooked.
  8. Strain the sweet potatoes and add them to the sauce. Gently stir in, being careful to keep the cubes intact.
  9. Add the celery and spinach. Stir a few more times.
  10. Divide the chilli into four serving bowls. Top with a few coriander leaves if desired.

Nutritional Information

Typical Valuesper 100gper 368g serving
76 kcal
320 kj
279 kcal
1177 kj
of which saturates
0.5 g
0.1 g
1.8 g
0.4 g
of which sugars
12.2 g
3.8 g
45 g
13.9 g
Fibre3.7 g
13.5 g
Protein3.8 g
14 g
Salt0.2 g
0.7 g

A 368g serving provides you with four portions of your 5-a-day.


Garlic is great for your immune system - it has antibacterial, antivirus, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. 

Kidney Beans

Kidney beans are hearty legumes that are rich in antioxidants.

Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes really pack a punch. They're full of vitamin A, folates, vitamin C, and fibre.


Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and iron. 


A chemical called quercetin in onions may have anti-cancer properties.


An excellent source of vitamin K, folate, potassium, and fibre. 


Cinnamon is full of antioxidants. It's also antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and has been shown in laboratory studies to have anti-tumour properties.

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