The Budget Series – Sweet Potato Chilli

June 23, 2017 Lifestyle, Recipe

Welcome to a whole new blog series! Eating on a budget. As it happens I’ve taken a huge leap of faith and have just agreed a 12 month let on a property in London, started an internship and left my student days behind me. This is all such exciting news, but with no more student loan, and the bank of mum and dad drying up it’s time to tighten the belt and start saving for the important things in life. (like rent haha)

So first in this series is Sweet Potato Chilli! A great alternative to meat chilli, and at a fraction of the cost.

Makes 3 portions (or two if you’re greedy like me)

Ingredients: (based on Tesco Prices)

  • 1.5 cups of Rice (Tesco Value 45p per Kilo = £0.12)
  • 1 Medium onion (£0.16)
  • 1 clove of garlic (£0.05)
  • 1 Tin of Tomatoes (£0.33p)
  • A large sweet potato or two smaller ones (£1.00/kg = £0.40)
  • 1 tin of Kidney Beans (£0.30)
  • 2 teaspoons of Paprika (£0.24)
  • 2 teaspoons of Cumin (£0.24)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon (£0.07)
  • Chilli Powder to taste (£0.10)
  • 2 teaspoons of Oil (£0.05)

Total cost = £2.06 (or £0.69 per portion)


  1. Peel and dice the sweet potato into 1cm cubes and place on a baking tray.
  2. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and bake in the oven at 180 Celsius for 20 minutes or until soft.
  3. Boil the water for the rice and follow the cooking instructions.
  4. Meanwhile chop the onion, and garlic and fry in the oil until soft. (best to use a deep frying pan to accommodate the rest of the dish)
  5. Add the paprika, cumin and chilli powder and fry for another minute to allow the spices to come alive.
  6. Next, add the tinned tomatoes then add a little water to the can to get all the lovely juices out.
  7. Rinse the kidney beans and add to the tomatoes, simmer until the rice and sweet potatoes are ready.
  8. When the sweet potato cubes are soft, remove from the oven and add to the chilli.
  9. Drain the rice
  10. Serve together.

This dish is so versatile and yet so cheap! And you can add a whole host of other veggies to it if you have them in the fridge or freezer, such as mushrooms, peppers or mixed veg (which is what I did last time). Let nothing go to waste!

If you’d like to see more of this series let me know in the comments!

Love, Sophia x


  1. Kim T says:

    Loved amazing! I will try this with my family!

  2. Maddie says:

    This looks so delicious! Definitely one to try – I’m actually heading to Uni in September so I also need some budget meal ideas! x

    Maddie |

  3. Helene says:

    Well, first thing first, congratulations on the new apartment and the internship! I love sweet potatoes and this recipe looks so easy to make. I might try it next week! 🙂

  4. The dish is versatile and looks like it’s also easy to make. It looks yummy!I’m hungry now 🙂

  5. Renita says:

    Never thought to use sweet potatoes for chili, although, I made a butternut squash chili that was very tasty. I will have to try out this recipe.

  6. Claire says:

    I don’t really like chili that much because there’s always beans in it… but I LOVE sweet potato! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of sweet potato chili before, sounds delicious! hahaha 🙂

  7. Abhilash PS says:

    Looks amazing! like to try on this recipe.
    Thank You for sharing!!

  8. Tereza says:

    YES!!! I’m obsessed with chilli and I couldn’t figure out any good recipes for sweet potatoes. I’m so making this this week! Is it bad that I’ve just had my dinner but I’m already excited for this? Haha! x

  9. Lea says:

    I love a good chilly and this one sounds like a great one. I usually don’t like to cook with potatoes but this looks like something I would enjoy!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lea, xx

  10. Tanya says:

    I’ve never tried a chili like this, but it sounds good. I think I could even find all of these ingredients in Croatia, which is sometimes tricky!

  11. Jenny says:

    Sounds good! Coincidentally I bought sweet potatoes from Tesco today !


  12. Caryn says:

    Yes, I would definitely love to see more in this series! Looks delicious, and way to be so grown-up! You are truly an adult now!

  13. Shola says:

    I will be adding THIS into the rotation this weekend. Love that it is vegetarian. I wonder how the little will react to it? I’ll let you know 😛


  14. Team up Girl says:

    This looks so tasty! 🙂 I’ll try that for some upcoming dinner!!!

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