March 09, 2013

Three Sisters Chili

I really like this recipe, as in ate it for both lunch and dinner every day this week.  Seriously, it's that good.  The best part is that once you get the sweet potatoes chopped up, it's very easy to make.

The recipe comes from the 2013 Wisconsin Local Foods Journal and was submitted by Downtown Grocery in Wausau.  The calendar timing was perfect because I flipped to the recipe shortly after buying frozen sweet corn from Alsum's Sweet Corn at the winter farmers' market.

I had never heard of "Three Sisters Chili" prior to seeing the Local Foods Journal version, but a quick google search revealed that it's a popular recipe with many variations.  Apparently, it was inspired by the three companion plants of Native American agriculture - beans, corn & squash.

Since I didn't have any butternut squash on hand, I substituted sweet potatoes.  I also added tomatoes, which only seemed right for a chili recipe, but other than that I followed the original recipe pretty closely.

Three Sisters Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (8-10 servings)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 pounds (3 medium) sweet potatoes, chopped into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 cups sweet corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 15 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 3 (15 oz) cans black beans
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • In a stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and bell peppers. Saute for 4 minutes. Stir in chili powder and cook for another minute.
  • Stir in sweet potatoes, corn, tomatoes with chiles, black beans, broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender. Stir in lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe adapted from: 2013 Wisconsin Local Foods Journal
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  1. Now this sounds like a chili I would love! The sweet potatoes are such a great addition!

  2. I definitely approve of the name.....