Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup

This tasty Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup is loaded with beans, veggies, and a mountain of tasty toppings and can be made on the stove top or in the slow cooker!

Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup bowls with assorted toppings: crispy tortilla strips, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, salsa, green onion, and grated cheese

This recipe healthy and delicious! It’s the type of one pot wonder that is great the first day and somehow even better the next day!

This of course makes it fabulous for meal prep so if you like to squirrel away a leftover bowl or three for easy heat and eat meals, this soup is for you!

I usually make mine on the stove, but when I need to prep dinner in advance, making it in the slow cooker is a total life saver! I’ll include instructions for both in this post (and the recipe card) so you can choose which cooking method works best for you!

As written this rockin’ recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, grain-free, and since the base is grain-free, dairy-free and vegan, simply choose which of the optional toppings fit your dietary needs and you’re good to go.

diced sweet potatoes

Ingredients Needed

  • sweet potatoes
  • yellow onion
  • garlic
  • jalapeño
  • crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • vegetable broth
  • jarred salsa (use your favorite)
  • black beans
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • salt and pepper

For a spicier soup, dice up the the whole jalapeño (minus the stem) – using the seeds to kick up the heat. You can also add ground cayenne pepper to spice things up even further. ur taste buds be your guide.

I like to use fire roasted tomatoes for their delicious slightly smoky flavor. Need to use plain crushed tomatoes? You absolutely can! Smokiness can be add via the addition of smoked paprika or you can skip any sort of smoky element here and increase the chili powder or cumin to taste.

Tasty Topping Options (choose your favorites!)

  • sliced jalapeño peppers
  • sour cream (regular or vegan)
  • sliced avocado
  • grated cheddar cheese (skip for vegan)
  • chopped fresh tomatoes or pico de gallo
  • fresh cilantro and/or chopped scallions
  • fresh or pickled red onions
  • tortilla chips or crispy tortilla strips
  • lime wedges to garnish and add a burst of fresh squeezed lime juice flavor

Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup

I’m so excited for you to try this recipe! Below you’ll find the printable recipe card with both stove top and slow cooker instructions.

I’ve also included some side dish and serving suggestions as well as some easy instant pot instructions in the post below.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup

Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup

This tasty Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup is loaded with beans, veggies, and a mountain of tasty toppings and can be made on the stove top or in the slow cooker!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keyword: Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 28 ounce can of crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup jarred salsa (use your favorite kind)
  • 15.5 ounce can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • sliced jalapeño peppers
  • grated cheddar cheese (skip for vegan)
  • sour cream or greek yogurt (skip for vegan)
  • chopped cilantro and/or green onions
  • chopped fresh tomatoes or pico de gallo
  • crispy tortilla strips or chips
  • sliced avocado
  • lime wedges


  • First prep the veggies. Peel and dice onion, peel and mince garlic, dice jalapeno (using a spoon to removing seeds if less spice is preferred) and peel and dice sweet potatoes into half-inch cubes.


  • Heat a large pot or dutch oven to medium-high heat with a little oil. Sauté onion and jalapeño until tender.
  • Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin then cook for an additional 30-60 seconds until garlic is tender and fragrant.
  • Add diced sweet potato, crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, water, and salsa then bring soup to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add black beans. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.


  • Add all ingredients (minus toppings) to your slow cooker. A little extra broth or an additional cup of water may be added if needed, simply adjust spices to compensate.
  • Seal the lid and cook on HIGH for approx. 4 hours or on LOW for 6 hours until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.


  • Taste soup and add desired amount of salt and pepper. Additional chili powder and cumin can be added as well. Let your taste buds be your guide!
  • Ladle soup into bowls and top with all your favorite toppings from the list above. Enjoy!
  • Leftover soup is even better the next day and this recipe is fantastic for meal prep! Store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheat via stovetop or microwave.


Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Sodium: 414mg, Potassium: 648mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 11755IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 108mg, Iron: 4mg

Can I make this in the Instant Pot?

You sure can! Place all the soup ingredients (minus the toppings) in the Instant Pot and cook on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes. It will take about 10-15 minutes to come to pressure then actively cook for 3 minutes. Once the IP beeps, carefully release pressure via quick release.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup

Serving Suggestions + Sides

Looking for a tasty side dish to serve with this black bean sweet potato soup? Here are some of my favorite options!

Soup and Salad

For a soup and salad pairing, simply serve this soup with your favorite salad. It’s a lighter option for sure and great for a family with different tastes since everyone can customize their own by adding their own favorite salad mix-ins. Some of my most popular recipes are my black bean taco salad and veggie loaded mexican quinoa salad.

Chips and Dip

Grab some crispy tortilla chips and serve soup alongside a bowl of fresh salsa or pico de gallo. Homemade guacamole, black bean salsa, or corn salsa are also delicious dip options! I have recipes for tons of homemade dips but feel free to use your favorite store bought salsa or other dips if desired. Anything you love the taste of is always a good idea!

Flautas or Taquitos

Taquitos, flautas, and rolled tacos make a fantastic dish to serve with a cup of this soup and you can even dunk them in the soup for a fun twist on the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup pairing. Here are a few of my go-to recipes for you to try!

  1. Crispy Chipotle Black Bean Taquitos
  2. Cheesy Jalapeño Flautas
  3. Vegetarian Baked Flautas
  4. Homemade Vegetarian Taquitos
  5. Steak Taquitos (for my T-rex peeps)
  6. Cheesy Baked Black Bean Flautas

If you get a chance to try this easy vegetarian black bean sweet potato soup recipe, let me know!

Leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your tasty creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Jenn Laughlin Peas and Crayons Author
About The Author:

Jenn Laughlin

Hi! I’m Jenn and I’m here to help you eat your veggies! It’ll be fun, painless, and pretty darn delicious as I teach you to plan your meals around fresh, seasonal produce with a little help from healthy freezer and pantry staples.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yum! My whole family loves this recipe. We add our own toppings and everyone enjoys. Thanks for the great recipe!