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Kid-Friendly Vegetarian Meals: Crock-Pot Sweet Potato Chili

A writer for ten years with. a severe case of wanderlust. She spends most her time with her head in the clouds.


Vegetarian Meal Ideas

My 10-year-old daughter, Kendra, came to me a little over a month ago, to tell me

she decided that she was going to become a vegetarian. I talked it over with my

husband, and we decided that the food she chose, or chose not, to put into her

body was her choice, so we agreed. We realized we needed to do this the right way

so that she still got a balanced healthy diet.

Because it was Kendra, and not one of the other two girls, I knew that I needed to

take this seriously. This is the same child who came to me a few weeks before her

second birthday, looking quite serious, for a two-year-old. She looked me in the eye

and explained, that she was not going to wear diapers anymore, and she was ready for the potty. The amazing thing was she was ready; she never had an accident again!

When she puts her mind to something she is usually pretty determined.

So, I have been cooking (and trying) a multitude of new foods. It has been quite

fun, like an adventure. It just dawned on me this morning, that I should be sharing

some of these recipes with other people through Hubpages. The first recipe is a

Sweet Potato Chili. It is super easy because the Crock-pot does all the work. I do

not like sweet potatoes at all, so I was leery at first, but it was quite good. I am a carnivore, so I am still adjusting to the idea of meals without meat, so I was

surprised by how much I liked it. It is a little spicy, so if anyone is sensitive to

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hot foods; adjust the cayenne and make sure to get tomatoes with mild green

chilies. The girls all liked it and asked me to make it again. All in all, we give it two

thumbs up!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

8 hours

8 hours 20 min

Serves eight


  • 2 Large sweet potatoes
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 Large white onion
  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 15 ounce can of tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 24 ounce can of Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans
  • 1 15 ounce can of red beans
  • 1 15 ounce can of chili beans
  • 2 cups Vegetable broth (eyeball it)
  • 3 tablespoons Chili powder (eyeball it)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cumin (eyeball it)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Cayenne (eyeball it)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Rinse and chop first five ingredients and throw them in a crock pot.
  2. Drain and rinse beans.
  3. Put the remaining ingredients in the Crock-pot.
  4. Close the lid and let simmer all day on low (for at least eight hours).

© 2013 Lisa Chronister


Lisa Chronister (author) from Florida on June 23, 2016:

Thank you all for stopping by and commenting! If you try this, please, let me know what you think!

carolynkaye from USA on June 20, 2016:

This really sounds good. I'm a vegetarian and always looking for crockpot recipes. Thanks for sharing :)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 20, 2016:

This sounds really delicious and wholesome for kids!

I remember my days-- How difficult it is to feed kids and that too keeping in mind the nutrition part! They are so choosy and moody.

Thanks for sharing!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 19, 2016:

This looks like something I will need to give a try. It has lots of the flavors in it that I enjoy so much.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on June 19, 2016:

This recipe sounds delicious... I AM a vegetarian and love an abundance of beans in my life so I am pretty sure that this will hit the spot for my husband and I. Thank you for posting it!

Betinho on December 26, 2014:

I remember a time long ago when I was a MIT (Manager in trnaiing) at Laundry's Seafood, the kitchen manager would get the newbies to do the stuffed jalapeno poppers and the other kitchen staff would not tell them to wear gloves talking about hands, faces, and maybe eyes burning the rest of the day! LOL

Lisa Chronister (author) from Florida on November 13, 2013:

Hi, Gail!

Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my sweet potato chili recipe! If you make it, let me know what you think! My daughter is definitely an individual, she cracks me up! I could, and probably should, write a ton of Hub just about her! My husband and I were leery about her choice at first, but she has been a vegetarian for almost a year now, and she does it the right way. She is very good about eating enough foods with protein and iron in them. Thanks again for stopping by!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on November 12, 2013:

Hi Lisa,

I have no kids in the house but this recipe attracted me because it uses sweet potatoes, which my husband loves. Sounds easy and I'll give it a try, making sure not to use too much cayenne and to use mild green chilies. The weather has just snapped cold where we live and it's a great time of year for eating chili.

Thanks for sharing this. Your daughter sounds like she has great character and I love the fact that you and your husband are supporting her choice to become a vegetarian.

Gave this a 5 star rating and voted it up except for funny.

Lisa Chronister (author) from Florida on April 10, 2013:

Wabash, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I hope you enjoy it, I was really surprised by how much we liked it!

wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on April 08, 2013:

Thanks for the great sounding recipe. We love sweet potatoes and I cannot wait to make it.

Lisa Chronister (author) from Florida on March 31, 2013:

Redberry, Thank you so much for stopping by! I love spicy food, as well! I always add a little extra cayenne to mine. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Lisa Chronister (author) from Florida on March 31, 2013:

Pstraubie, Thanks for stopping by and commenting! If you try it let me know what you think!!

Redberry Sky on March 30, 2013:

I'm not vegetarian, but I like to have a couple of meat-free days a week and it's really hard sometimes to think up veggie recipes! But this sounds wonderful - I love a spicy flavour, so I think this recipe will become a regular favourite in my house!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 30, 2013:


this looks so tasty and a great alternative to regular chili which I like too.

The directions are clear and easy to follow. I am adding this to my recipe files. Thanks for sharing :) ps Angels are on the way

CroftRoan on March 18, 2013:

Will do!

Lisa Chronister (author) from Florida on March 18, 2013:

CroftRoan, Thanks for stopping by and commenting! If you decide to try it I would love to hear what you thought! =)

CroftRoan on March 18, 2013:

Oh this sounds so good! It's sometimes hard to find a great vegetarian dish.

Lisa Chronister (author) from Florida on March 05, 2013:

Thank you, for stopping by and commenting. I found a few different recipes on line for this, but they seemed to be lacking any real oomph, so I created my own recipe. I plan on making it again, but making two batches next time so that I can add some hamburger or chicken to one of the batches! =)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 04, 2013:

This is totally new to me, sweet potato chili, with all the spices, it sounds great. Thank's for sharing..

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