Soup Recipes: Warm up with these soups, stews, chowders, and chilis

Winter has arrived in earnest; it's the long, bitter, double-up-on-socks cold of January and February. These are the months for soup, and Stir It Up! has the perfect collection of soup, stew, chowder, and chili recipes.

Sweet potato chili

Kitchen Report
Sweet potato chili seasoned with jalapeno and cayenne pepper.

By Kendra NordinKitchen Report
Adapted from Family Circle
Serves 6 to 8

3 large sweet potatoes, about 2 lbs., peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 green pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2-1 whole jalapeno, cored, seeded, and diced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups of water
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

1. Coat slow-cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Layer sweet potatoes, onion, green pepper, garlic, and pinto beans in slow cooker. Combine the rest of the ingredients, except for the cilantro, in a medium-size bowl. Pour over vegetables.

3. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours, or low for 8 hours.

4. Stir in cilantro and serve chili over brown rice.

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