Sweet Potato Quinoa Chilli

Not to toot my own horn, but I make a really good chili (toot! toot!). But I never gave it any additions – no noodles, especially no beans. It just wasn’t my preference.


To me, basically chili is a good sauce and some ground beef. From there you can add whatever you would like to the top – sour cream, onions, crackers, cheese, the lists go on and on. But I’ve always wanted to enhance those flavors.

Adding some sausage and using an IPA instead of water for the sauce were always those extra things I needed to take my chili over the top.


But I recently decided it needed a little something else and basic noodles weren’t the answer. So here’s my solution. . .


Sweet Potato Quinoa Chilli

Serving Size: 6


  • 1 can (16 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (16 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes or 1 1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced (with or without the skin...I leave the skin on)
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 5 - 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • a few dashes of garlic powder
  • a few dashes of onion powder
  • salt to taste
  • 6 oz IPA beer or vegetable broth


  1. Brown ground beef and sausage separately. Mix together in crock pot.
  2. Add all spices, tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
  3. put on high heat
  4. bring quinoa to boil then lower heat and let sit for 7-10 minutes then add to crock pot
  5. let cook on low for 3-4 hours
  6. add beer or broth
  7. continue cooking for 3-4 hours.

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Bex is Hoosier girl, wifey to Scott, aunt to 7 handsome guys and 2 gorgeous gals, popcorn eater, makeup lover, and target shopper by day. She has a passion for frugally creating pretty things from the inside out and sharing those with others. When she sees a recipe, she instantly wants to know how to make it healthier … unless it’s cake or popcorn then she just wants to eat it. And when she sees a neglected piece of furniture or décor she instantly wants to show it some love and make it as pretty as it used to be. Bex blogs over at Butcher’s Niche about all things cooking, crafting, fashion, beauty, and life.

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  1. Sweet potatoes make everything better – even chili!

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