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

print

Hearty dishes for cold, dreary days
Family Features 
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. 
To make these heart-warming recipes stand out from a crowd, Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Cookware provides dishwasher-safe, premium nonstick cookware for easy cleanup and food release that slides right off. 
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.