Sweet Potatoes Make Great Vegetarian Chili
Cold weather has returned here in St. Louis — so naturally I’m craving a hearty dish.
When the temps turn chilly, I turn to chili. But with sweet potatoes? Sounds weird, I know. They work brilliantly though, as I discovered.
Most of us know that the naturally sweet flavor of sweet potatoes is enhanced by even more sweetness. Think Thanksgiving candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows.
Less well known is the sweet potato’s affinity for spicy flavors, particularly dried chilies. To see what I mean, try adding a dusting of ground cayenne pepper to the top of those candied sweet potatoes. It’s an amazing combination — and a revelation.
Sweet potato chili perfectly showcases the marriage of spicy and sweet. The first bite will make your tongue smile.
The second bite? You’ll probably decide this is the best vegetarian chili you’ve ever eaten.