Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Susan Henderson to provide us with her favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Susan

Susan is the current Vice President of Operations and Human Resources at Hierl Insurance, Inc.

Susan has significant years of experience as a human resource generalist. She can provide your organization with a variety of services for both your employee benefits coverage as well as human resource consulting solutions.

Her knowledge, motivation to assist local businesses, and professional personality provide you with an excellent resource, only a phone call away.

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili

Susan’s favorite recipe to enjoy with her family is Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili. This recipe makes a great fall dish!


  • 2 T Canola Oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 6-8 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 chipotle in adobe, stem and seeds discarded, chopped (about 2 tsp)
  • 1 28 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 c water or low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ lbs sweet potatoes, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 2 – 15 ounce cans black beans
  • For garnish:  chopped green onion, crumbled feta cheese, lime, tortilla chips


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed Dutch oven or pot over medium high heat.  When it shimmers, add the onion, season with salt and cook until softened and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin and chipotle and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.   Add the tomatoes, water/broth, and sweet potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat, about 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the beans.  Simmer, partially covered, until the liquid is slightly thickened and the potatoes are cooked through (about 30 minutes).
  3. Garnish with scallions, cheese, lime as desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

When It’s a Great Time to Go Out

Susan loves eating out at The Ruby Owl Tap Room.

Learn more about The Ruby Owl Tap Room on the restaurant’s website.

The Ruby Owl Tap Room is rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.