4 bean chili with jackfruit

My 4 Bean Chili with Jackfruit knocked my socks off! Not only from the heat of the spices, but the sweet of the sweet potato made this recipe my favorite iteration so far!  A perfect recipe for these cold winter days! Another great recipe as you plan your Super Bowl LVI menu this month!

Beans  and Legumes are full of fiber, protein and high in minerals.  They are low in fat and sodium and full of slow-burning complex carbohydrates that help us feel fuller sooner and longer.

Eating beans and legumes as part of a heart healthy diet and lifestyle may help to reduce your blood cholesterol, a leading cause of heart disease.

Enjoy this Chili recipe this month as we celebrate eating for our hearts health this month!

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4 Bean Chili with Jackfruit

Another great recipe for any game day! #Superbowl LVI in the US is coming up soon, so it's time to start planning your menu!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine All American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 274 kcal


  • 1 large Onion Chopped medium chunks
  • 1 Med Sweet Potato Chopped in chunks with skin on
  • 2 14oz cans Organic or Fresh Tomatoes Diced
  • 2 32 oz Organic Vegetable broth, low sodium
  • 2 15oz cans Organic Trio Beans (Kidney, Pinto, Black Beans) Make your own with your choice of beans!
  • 1 15 oz can Organic Chickpeas Or make fresh
  • 1 ½ cup Carrots Diced, or you can used already shredded carrots
  • 1 14oz Organic Jackfruit Rinse well and shred as you add to other ingredients
  • 1-2+ tbsp Garlic, minced To taste
  • 1+ tsp Black pepper To taste
  • 1+ tsp Red pepper Increase/decrease based on the amount of heat you want
  • 1+ tsp Chili power of red chili sauce To taste
  • ¼ -½ cup Sour cream Dairy or non-dairy, to taste


  • Prepare/chop the onion, sweet potato, and carrots; put in a large soup pot; sauté with garlic and ¼ -½ cup of the veggie broth for 5-8 min. Stir constantly. Add more broth if needed.
  • Drain all the canned items well with cold water and add all the other ingredients to the pot.
  • Cook on Low to Med heat…simmer until onions & sweet potato are soft. Stir occasionally. Should be ready in about 45 min.
  • After 40 - 45 min, taste to be sure all veggies are cooked (do not overcook as beans may get mushy) and the flavors are as you like them. Add additional heat or other spices as you wish.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream!


Melissa's Modifications: This recipe can be modified by adding different beans or add more types! Beans can be made fresh in your InstaPot, pressure cooker or slow cooker. They may be pre-soaked or not...I recommend pre-soaking your beans as it makes them easier to digest, reduces cooking time, and creates a better texture. If you are in a pinch and don't have the time, use canned beans as I did in this recipe. Be sure to rinse the beans thoroughly before adding to soup. I also go for the organic and reduced or no sodium cans of beans, but not necessary.
If you are not a Jackfruit fan, you can substitute the Jackfruit with other plant-based products such as soy crumbles, tofurky spicy sausage, or ground Beyond Meat. 
Adding a dollop of sour cream, whether vegan or not, for me adds to the overall combination of flavors. 
Nutritional Value:
1 Serving (2.5 cups) - 274 Calories; 1.3g Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 50.8g total Carbs ~ 20g Fiber, 7g Sugar ~14g Protein. 
A dollop of sour cream - (non-dairy) 2 Tbsp - 85 Calories; 5g Fat; 2g Sat Fat; 160 mg Sodium; 9g Total Carbs; 2g Sugar; 1g Protein.


Calories: 274kcal
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