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Vegetarian Yam Chili with Avocado Yogurt Cream Topping

Submitted by Jennifer W. of North Yarmouth, ME, for the Mambolicious Recipe Contest 2009.


  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil
  • 2 large onions (yellow or red), chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 5 cups of diced yams or sweet potato (small 1/4-inch chop)
  • 2.5 Tbsp. chili powder (more to taste or less)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (or if you want richer chili and don’t mind it not being vegetarian, add chicken broth)
  • 1 can (28-oz.) diced tomatoes or whole plum tomatoes crushed by hand into the pot
  • 2 cans of beans (I like 1 can of kidney and 1 can of black beans)
  • 1 box spicy Broccosprouts® or alfalfa sprouts
  • Jane’s® Crazy Mixed Up Seasonings to taste

For Avocado Cream topping

  • 1 soft, ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup Brown Cow® cream top plain yogurt (or low fat for lighter topping)
  • To taste: Jane’s® Krazy Mixed Up Seasonings


  1. In a large Dutch oven or high-sided large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium/high heat.
  2. Add onions and saute about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and yam/sweet potato and saute for about 5 more minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the chili powder and cumin to coat all the vegetables.
  5. Add in the vegetable broth and scrape any bits from bottom of pan to combine.
  6. Stir in tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to medium.
  7. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. Stir in the beans, cover the pot and simmer until yam is tender about 12 minutes.
  9. Add Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Seasonings to taste. Jane’s will bring out the flavor of the yam.
  10. To make the avocado cream topping, scoop out the avocado into a bowl and add the Brown Cow Cream Top yogurt.
  11. Add Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Seasonings to taste.
  12. Spoon chili into individual bowls and set a dollop of avocado yogurt cream topping on top.
  13. Garnish with the sprouts.

Servings: 6

Cook’s Note: This recipe is versatile and handles substitutions well. So, adding any type of yam or sweet potato is fine as well as adding any type of onions (red, yellow or shallot). Heat can be modified for the audience by adding more or less chili powder and cumin as well as adding additional hot sauce afterward. This recipe would also be tasty by adding Lightlife® meat substitutes after the onions.

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