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  • The Budget Series – Sweet Potato Chilli

    The Budget Series – Sweet Potato Chilli

    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. June 23, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Loved amazing! I will try this with my family!

      • Sophia
        June 24, 2017 / 8:20 am

        Glad you liked it Kim! x

    2. Maddie
      June 23, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      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 | thatplacecalledhere.blogspot.co.uk

      • Sophia
        June 24, 2017 / 8:21 am

        Good luck with uni! You’ll love it! More recipes to come 😀 x

    3. June 23, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      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! 🙂

      • Sophia
        June 24, 2017 / 8:21 am

        Thank you, Helene! It’s a whirlwind of a time right now! x

      • Sophia
        June 24, 2017 / 8:22 am

        It is super versatile, if you keep the seasoning the same you can add pretty much whatever you like to it xx

    4. June 23, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      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.

      • Sophia
        June 24, 2017 / 8:22 am

        Ooh a butternut squash chilli sounds so good! I’ll have to try that one x

    5. June 24, 2017 / 6:45 am

      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 🙂 http://www.clairebearblogs.com

      • Sophia
        June 24, 2017 / 8:23 am

        You can totally leave the beans out! Just bulk it up with something else that you do like 😀 x

    6. June 24, 2017 / 7:25 am

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

      • Sophia
        June 24, 2017 / 8:23 am

        Thank you Abhilash! x

    7. Tereza
      June 24, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      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

      • Sophia
        June 25, 2017 / 7:52 am

        Haha It’s a great recipe for using up all kinds of veggies! xx

    8. Lea
      June 24, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      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

      • Sophia
        June 25, 2017 / 8:01 am

        Thank you for reading! You can totally mix it up with other veggies or even add meat to it too xx

    9. June 26, 2017 / 8:14 am

      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!

      • Sophia
        June 26, 2017 / 7:31 pm

        It’s a lovely recipe if I do say so myself! x

      • Sophia
        June 26, 2017 / 7:32 pm

        It was written in the stars! x

    10. June 26, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      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!

      • Sophia
        June 26, 2017 / 7:33 pm

        Haha, I know! I’m adulting so much right now! x

    11. June 26, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      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 😛


      • Sophia
        June 27, 2017 / 4:37 pm

        Aww so glad you’re going to try it! x

    12. June 27, 2017 / 11:37 am

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

      • Sophia
        June 27, 2017 / 4:38 pm

        Yay so glad you want to try it! x

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