Spicy Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

**Before I resume to regular posting I wanted to take a minute out and remember all of the innocent children and teachers that were tragically taken from this world in Newtown, CT. I will never ever ever understand how someone becomes so evil, what these family members are going through and how scarred these children will be for a long time. It really worries me knowing that children aren’t even safe at school when Adam and I want to become parents. I have such a heavy heart over Friday’s tragedy and if I can’t stop crying, I know they are hurting 100x more. I will keep their community in my constant prayers and truly wish I could take some of their pain away.**

There aren’t many better ways to enjoy Sunday dinner than taking the lid off of a crock-pot. Watching football while your dinner cooks itself is a dream come true. (Especially when your team has won FIVE in a row and is in 1st place of the NFC East!!)

Most of you know that I don’t eat meat (13 months free!), but getting Adam to enjoy a meatless meal is hard work! I have to convince him there is A LOT of protein in sweet potatoes. Hey, it’s not a complete lie 😉 Last week I made a soup that bombed hard. Even I wouldn’t pretend to eat it and I eat anything! This week however did a lot better. In fact, we’re eating it again tonight.

No dirtying up the dishes again! #winning


Spicy Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili


1 sweet potato, cubed

1/2 of a large sweet onion, diced

1 green pepper, chopped,

1 28-ounce Diced tomatoes

1 14-ounce can black beans

1 14-ounce can kidney beans

1 4-ounce can of green chilies

1/2 cup vegetable broth to get everything moving

1/2 package of Trader Joes Taco Seasoning mix ( sea salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, cane sugar, paprika, onion, garlic, black pepper, red bell pepper, oregano, chili pepper, and smoked paprika)


Add everything to crock pot.

Cook on High for 4 hours (or low for 8).

Set it and Forget it.

Enjoy with greek yogurt as sour cream, mexican cheese mix and chips (We used vegetable flax seed).



I think we could all use a good comfort meal right now.



  1. That looks soooo good! I love recipes like this! They keep me nice and full 🙂

  2. Your expression of grief and concern is shared by all across this nation. Let us have faith that those in Washington that govern will finally put through tighter gun control.

  3. apowellcraney says:

    Such a heartfelt post, Lyssa! My heart has been aching since Friday…my thoughts are swirling around the sweet memories of my years of teaching kindergarten. ❤
    Thank you for the recipe! Will try it soon. 🙂

  4. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and grief those living in Newtown are feeling right now. My heart is so heavy. I’m praying that those affected are able to experience at least a glimmer of hope this holiday season. ❤

    On a happier note, your crock pot meal looks FAB! Sweet potatoes in the slow cooker are so good!

  5. It’s perfect that I have all the ingredients for this and we’re expecting a snowstorm wed/thursday. So I know what I’m doing Thursday morning. Thanks love!

    We are all praying for those in Newtown. My heart breaks and like you said, makes me nervous to ever become a mother.

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