Black Bean & Sweet Potato Stew with Dark Chocolate



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a bowl of hearty vegan stew served with rice, lemon wedges, and fresh herbs

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew with Dark Chocolate

  • Author: Parry Marsh
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Main dish


A mouth-watering stew that will leave your home filled with fragrance and warmth. Black beans bring the protein, fiber, and other minerals. Sweet potato adds an aromatic touch, while potatoes add a thickness as they break down. The extra dark chocolate in this recipe adds a rich depth of flavor and provides a new take on a classic, satisfying, and heart-healthy stew.

Are you looking for a dish that’s going to knock your socks off? Well, this delicious stew is far from predictable!



1 tbsp oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 green pepper, sliced

34 sun dried tomatoes, sliced (if they’re the dry ones, rehydrate in warm water first)

2 medium potatoes, cubed — no need to peel, unless you want to

1 medium sweet potato, cubed — no need to peel, unless you want to

1 cup of cooked black beans

2 cups of boiling water

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

23 squares of very dark vegan chocolate

Vegan sour cream, to serve

2 tbsp fresh cilantro (or coriander), chopped


  1. Fry the onion and garlic in the oil until soft. 
  2. Add the pepper and fry for a minute or two. 
  3. Add the tomato and fry for another minute or two.
  4. Add the potato, sweet potato, black beans, water, spices and chocolate. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cover. 
  5. Simmer until the potatoes are thoroughly cooked — 10-15 minutes — and even breaking down a little. The whole dish should have reduced and thickened somewhat.
  6. Serve with rice and garnish with the sour cream and cilantro.


Want to add even more nourishing plant-based protein to this dish? Vegan ground beef would make a delicious addition, you could even try making your own! This recipe is great for meal prep, so if you make some ahead of time and keep it in the freezer, all you need to do is add it to your stew as it’s cooking!

Keywords: beans, chocolate, chili, stew, warming, hearty, whole foods, sweet potato, gluten-free

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