Hearty Meatless Sweet Potato Chili and Skillet Cornbread

I don’t know if the weather where you are has been crazy, but here in Nashville, it’s been absolutely bonkers.


Last Thursday, my boys and I were at the park in t-shirts and yesterday it was full-on snowing. Needless to say, we’ve all been thrown for a little bit of a loop. Especially because we were beginning to feel the first signs of summer freedom and now we’re back on the couch, curled up under a heavy blanket.

Like many of you, when things (like the weather) are in flux, one of my favorite coping mechanisms is to eat generous amounts of my favoriteΒ comfort foods. So in honor of this ridiculous cold snap, I’d like to share one of my go-to meatless chili recipes, that can fool even the most discerning carnivore! Trust me, I’ve put it to the test…

I usually like to pair my chili with a hearty helping of skillet cornbread, so I’m excited to announce that this week’s meatless Monday is a two-fer!

What You’ll Need – Chili

1 can pinto beans (rinsed)

2 cans black beans (rinsed)

1 can tomato puree

1 medium sweet potato, diced

1 pkg LightLife Smart Ground Original Crumbles

4 cups low sodium vegetable broth

1 c. brown rice

3 tbs chili powder

1 tbs garlic powder

1 tbs onion power

1 tbs cumin

Optional toppings: Avocado, plain greek yogurt, green onions, shredded cheese

What You’ll Do

  • Put everything in the crock pot.
  • Set on high for three hours (or until rice is tender)
  • Set to low until you’re ready to serve.
  • Drink wine.

Last week, I literally fed this to my family and then ate it for lunch every. single. day. It’s really that good.

What You’ll Need – Skillet Corn Bread

2 cups corn meal

2 eggs, whisked

1/2 c. applesauce

1 c. water

1/2 c. milk

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp salt

What You’ll Do

  • Preheat over to 400 and place cast iron skillet inside
  • Combine dry ingredients
  • Add applesauce, eggs, milk and water and combine
  • Pour mixture into hot skillet and bake for 30 minutes

And if all else fails, there’s always…



  1. This looks delish and easy to do. I am not a good cook but I will try this one ..Thanks for sharing ?

  2. Even with the new snow we just got chili season is almost over here. Could make it one more time this week and I always make cornbread in my cast iron skillet.

  3. Your chili and cornbread look amazing and they are so easy to make! I will definitely try your recipes soon.

  4. OMGGG this looks and sounds amazing!! thanks for sharing, trying it this week!!

  5. Oh yum! This sounds heavenly and super-hearty! We try to have at least one meatless dinner a week and this is going on the list. Thanks for sharing!

  6. We love sweet potato chili, yet never thought to add meatless crumbles. I will definitely have to try this soon.

    • The meatless crumbles make it a little less “whole food” friendly, but they sure to add some deliciousness!

  7. These look good! I am always looking for gluten free options and my girls often like to eat meatless. One of my self care strategies is meal planning so that my family eats well. I shared it in my Friendly Meal Planning Facebook group.

  8. Oh man this sounds so good! I love meatless dishes that are so filling, it makes me feel like I’m not eating meatless that way.

  9. I am always looking for meatless recipes for meatless mondaya, and this one looks fantastic! And yum, who doesn’t love cornbread!

  10. Yum! This recipe sounds so good! I love cornbread!!

  11. Crockpot recipes are my absolute fave! This sounds perfect! Already pinned too!

  12. I know what I am making for dinner tonight. Sounds so delicious and i love cornbread. Thanks for sharing.

    Vrithi Pushkar

  13. Oh my word girl! I need to get a skillet so I can make that cornbread. I’ll definitely be making a batch of this chilli for my lunches next week. You make meal prep so easy for me!

  14. This. sounds. AMAZEBALLS. My husband always hates beans in chili, but I LOVE THEM. Give me ALL THE BEANS!!

    • hahah I can’t say the people around me love when I eat this chili, but it’s too good to pass up πŸ˜‰

  15. I love any meals you can just throw together and not attend to much while they’re cooking. Yum! πŸ™‚

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