© David Loftus
This is a lovely alternative to traditional chilli con carne. It's packed with good stuff so is a great choice for veggies and meat eaters alike.
To prepare the chilli
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into bite-sized chunks. Sprinkle with a pinch each of cayenne, cumin and cinnamon, drizzle with olive oil and scatter with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat then put them on a baking tray.
3. Peel and roughly chop the onion. Halve, deseed and roughly chop the peppers. Pick the coriander leaves and put aside, finely chop the stalks. Deseed and finely chop the chillies. Peel and finely chop the garlic.
To cook your chilli
4. Put the tray of sweet potato in the hot oven to cook for 40 minutes until soft and golden.
5. Put a large pan on a medium-high heat and add a couple lugs of olive oil. Add the onion, peppers and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add the coriander stalks, chilli and spices and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.
6. Drain the cans of beans, then tip them into the pan with the tinned tomatoes. Stir well and bring to the boil, then reduce to a medium-low heat and leave to tick away for 25 to 30 minutes. Keep an eye on it, and add a splash of water if it gets a bit thick.
To serve your chilli
7. Get the roasted sweet potato out of the oven and stir it through your chilli with most of the coriander leaves. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, if needed.
8. Scatter the remaining leaves over the top, and serve with some soured cream, guacamole and rice or tortillas.
serves: 4 to 6
2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, (approximately 500g)