Yam Chili

So I have some of the sweetest neighbors in the world.  The husband is the type of man that stands up every time someone arrives to shake their hand.  When I make the may-I-borrow-such-and-such-ingredient dash over to their house they won’t let me pay them back and after I thank them they tell me, “No, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to help you.”  And the mean it.  They are truly some of the best people this world has to offer.  We frequently ask them if their is anything we can do to help them and their only reply is to go pick produce from their garden.  Such a difficult request, especially for someone like me who doesn’t like produce;-)  So being the kind and loving neighbor that I am, I naturally went and relieved their garden of a few of its burdens;-)


Aren’t they beautiful?!  I love how the squash is yellow and green.  One of these days I will figure out how to render them true service and I’ll let you know how it goes.

So, it is confession time.  Today’s recipe is not one I made up.  This will happen, but I will always tell you where I got it and any changes I made from the original recipe.  I’m still developing the ability to invent, but I can definitely recognize amazing when I see it and I am happy to share it with you.

Yesterday, using some of those beautiful garden gems, I made an amazing yam chili.  I have always felt funny calling it chili, since it is so different from all the other ones I have had.  I looked up the definition of chili and it is: a stew made entirely of meat, chiles or chili powder, and broth.  The presence of beans is dependent on what region you are in.  Well this recipe has meat/beans, chili powder, and broth… it just also has a bunch of vegetables as well:-)  I feel a little bit better about calling it chili now.

veg trio

Isn’t that a good picture?  Okay, I’m done being proud.  Back to the recipe:-)

So i found this recipe almost a year ago on a blog called chocolate-covered-katie.  She usually blogs about healthy desserts, but every once in awhile she does a non-dessert item.  While her desserts do always look amazing, I tend to favor the non-dessert recipes.  I know, I am a little strange.

Here is the link to the original recipe on her page.  http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/05/sweet-potato-chili/

I don’t typically follow recipes very well.  Most of the time when I cite someone else’s recipe I will have made a few changes.  However, I haven’t altered this one very much.  Her recipe calls for beans and I alternate between using beans and chicken.  It just depends on what I feel like that day or what I have on stock.  Oh, she also uses sweet potatoes and I use yams.  Yams are cheeper and I think they taste better.  You may use whatever you like.


One of the reasons I love this recipe is that it makes me feel so good when I eat it and it is delicious!  With all the vegetables, it is fresh and doesn’t leave that heavy, uncomfortable feeling in my stomach after I’m done.  That is my kind of food:-)

Yam Chili

1 onion, diced

1-2 zucchinis, diced

1 large yam, diced (I don’t peel mine, but you can if you would like to)

28 oz can diced tomatoes

2 cans of beans OR 2-3 pieces of chicken, diced **

1 C water (or broth)

1 1/2 T chili powder

1 t cumin

1/2 of an orange, zested*

salt and pepper to taste

* You could also juice the 1/2 orange.  I haven’t done it, but it sounds great to me!

** I have used both black and garbanzo bean, but feel free to try whatever beans you would like!


Oh man.  I know what I am having for lunch today!

4 thoughts on “Yam Chili

  1. About how long does this chili usually take? I’m making it for dinner tonight, and I’m just wondering how long it takes once everything is in the pot, for the yams to be soft. Thanks, Aubri!

  2. That is perfect! It is nice just to know a range, so I can get an idea of when to get it all together. Thanks for replying so quickly!

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