Almost every recipe has some sort of story behind it, many filled with pleasant memories. I’m afraid that’s not exactly the case with this one.

Once upon a time, there was a girl that burned the **bleep** out of her arm while making this Sweet Potato Chili Bake.  Although she needed TWO hands to put the heavy pan into the oven, for an unknown reason, when it came time to remove the piping hot dish from the oven, she believed she was strong enough to only use ONE hand.

In a move very similar to the Pigs in a  Blanket Incident of ’04, her body contorted into some weird position as she tried to avoid dropping the entire thing on the floor, and in the process, the handle seared her inner forearm.

She considered taking a photo to show you, but that would be gross, and well, unappetizing. And it would really be a shame if you lost your appetite because this recipe is too good to waste. So please forget all about that grotesque burn and make this.

The End.


Sweet Potato Chili Bake

Serves 6-7. From Taste of Home.


2 cups cubed peeled sweet potato
1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
4 1/2 tsp brown sugar
3 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 pkg (6 1/2 oz) corn muffin mix

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, chopped seeded jalapeno pepper


In an ovenproof Dutch oven, saute sweet potato and red pepper in olive oil until crisp tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, broth, beans, brown sugar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, prepare the corn bread batter according to package directions; stir in cheese. Drop by tablespoons over chili.

Cover and bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from oven using 2 hands, protected by 2 oven mitts.

Serve with toppings of your choice.

9 Responses to “Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato Chili Bake”

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    Katie @ The Well-Fed Newlyweds — February 21, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Ouch! I feel your pain – literally. Two weeks ago I ended up at Vanderbilt’s ER with second degree burns from a moment of stupidity with a skillet of cherry cobbler. I got some really good treatment advice from the people in the burn unit, so let me know if you need any suggestions. I hope you heal and feel better soon!

    • Beth replied: — February 21st, 2011 @ 11:16 am

      Eek! Yours definitely sounds worse than mine. The top layer of skin got partially seared off, and then the rest bubbled, but I’ve been keeping burn ointment on it and covering with gauze. Does that sound like a pretty good treatment to you? How is your wound looking?

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    Lesley — February 21, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    This is where it pays off to be a weakling. I know I’m NEVER strong enough to use one hand. Or careful enough. I even use both for a cookie sheet!

    Sorry about your wound, but I hope it was good enough to make you feel at least somewhat better about saving it from disaster.

    • Beth replied: — February 21st, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

      I really don’t know what I was thinking…well, guess I just wasn’t thinking was the problem!

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    Feast on the Cheap — February 21, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Well I hope it was worth the pain! Looks yummy

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    ricejen — February 21, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    This will be a great recipe for the sweet potatoes we get in our CSA this year! Thanks for sharing :-)

    • Beth replied: — February 21st, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

      If you like things a little spicy, definitely add some more heat to it by upping the chili powder or putting a little cayenne or crushed red pepper. It was pretty tame ;-)

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    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking — February 22, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Oh I will have to make this just in the next few days! This sounds awesome. I think all I will have to get is the sweet potatoes and the black beans. I think I have everything else.I am so excited to try this because I think this is something the entire family will enjoy!

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