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Cooking Up Comfort: Recipe for Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Cooking Up Comfort: Recipe for Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Hearty dishes for cold, dreary days

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On crisp winter days when the wind blows cold, warming up from the inside-out with hearty comfort foods can feel like a worthy solution. From chili to cornbread to dumplings, flavorful and filling foods prepared without an overload of ingredients certainly can provide a feel-good boost on chilly evenings. 

Chili, a classic wintertime favorite, can be taken to the next level with a few tasty additions. Make a spicy version by mixing in bacon, sweet potatoes and a chopped jalapeño pepper for a quick warm-up. A simple and somewhat sweet spin on a classic, comforting side, Honey-Pumpkin Cornbread pairs well with the slightly spicy chili. If you’re really looking to put the comfort in a comforting main course, this Skillet Chicken and Dumplings recipe takes less than an hour to create. 

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Find more information and comforting family-favorite recipes at circulon.com. 

Honey Pumpkin Cornbread | Skillet Chicken & Dumplings

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Servings: 6

Circulon Symmetry Chocolate 5.5-Quart Casserole
6 slices thick-cut smoked bacon, chopped
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into ¾-inch pieces
2 medium onions, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
2 cups chicken broth
1 can (14 ½ ounces) no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added black beans
½ cup quick-cooking barley
½ teaspoon salt

Heat casserole over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until browned and crisp, about 7-8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-covered plate.

Reduce bacon fat in casserole to 2 tablespoons and return to stove over medium-high heat. Add sweet potatoes, onions and jalapeño pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is slightly softened, about 5 minutes. 

Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano and ground chipotle; cook until fragrant, 15 seconds. 

Pour in broth, tomatoes, beans and barley; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender and barley is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in bacon and salt; let stand 15 minutes before serving.

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