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I have a major problem. It is a kitchen appliance hoarding problem. I have so many cooking utensils, pots and pans, and kitchen appliances that I have to store some of them in my bedroom closet. I have an ice cream maker that I’ve only used twice, a food dehydrater that I just had to have that hasn’t ever been used, and a stove top grill that I haven’t used since we moved into our house because it doesn’t really work with the stove.
But, I also have an awesome Vitamix blender that I use every morning, a food processor that I use a few times a week, and now I have this awesome dutch oven from Le Creuset! I might not have a proper place to store it but that doesn’t matter because I’ve been using it so much that it hardly leaves the stove top or oven. This Spaghetti Squash, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili is one of my favorite things I’ve cooked in it so far and I think you are going to love it! It’s warm, hearty and full of so many great flavors. Le Creuset dutch ovens are so great to cook with! They are extremely strong and durable, easy to clean, and they come in so many different shapes, sizes and beautiful colors!
While editing these photos of this Chili I also realized that I might have a chili topping problem as well, oops. But I hope we are all in agreement that when it comes to chili, the more toppings the better! I have nothing against regular soup, but there is something about chili that makes it so perfect for the cold weather season. It’s really filling and just screams warm blankets and couch cuddles. It is also great because there are so many different chili variations out there. You can make white bean chili, no bean chili, three bean chili, and now you can make sweet potato, spaghetti squash and black bean chili!
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups peeled and diced sweet potato (1 medium sweet potato)
- 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, slightly drained
- 3 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt*
- 3 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder (optional)
- 2 1/4 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups vegetable broth, or more depending on how thick you like your chili
- Optional toppings: sliced jalapeno, sliced radish, corn chips, cilantro, cashew sour cream, plain Greek yougurt
- Cut the spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Take a metal spoon and scrape the spaghetti squash meat out. It will come out in pieces and you should get about 3 cups. Set aside.
- Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat and add the olive oil, onion and a pinch of salt. Cook the onions for 2 minutes and then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Next add the spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the remaining ingredients, except for the broth, to the pot and stir until everything is combined. Then add the broth, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer chili until sweet potatoes are fork tender, 40 – 50 minutes. Chili can be simmered longer if you like. Chili will stay good in the refrigerator for about 5 days.
*You may need to add more salt depending on how salty your broth is.
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