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Black Bean Chili Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Black Bean Chili

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"A chili that is best when prepared with fresh vegetables, but still delicious with canned or frozen. Serve by itself or over rice."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion, red bell peppers, jalapeno, mushrooms, tomatoes and corn for 10 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Season with black pepper, cumin, and chili powder. Stir in the black beans, chicken or vegetable broth, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium low. Remove 1 1/2 cups of the soup to food processor or blender; puree and stir the bean mixture back into the soup. Serve hot by itself or over rice.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 21, 2003

This is delicious! Don't let all the fresh ingrediants discourage you from trying it. I have made this seveal times now, but I use canned corn and tomatoes and it tastes great! I use one can if diced tomatoes, and one can of Mexican tomatoes and chilis (instead of the jalapeno). I serve it with cheese quesadillas. Yum! It's kinda like the Tex-Mex version of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I garnish with sour cream and chopped red onion. The first time I made this I thought the step where you puree half of it was strange, but it really adds to the texture. Don't skip this step if you can! I have actually done that to some other dishes since then, it's a good trick. Really beefs it up. This is a wholesome, hearty meal, a good change from the tradional chili.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 25, 2010

Eh. It was ok. People ate it. It was a LOT of veggie chopping for a pretty mushroomy chili in my opinion. I did use veggie broth instead of chicken, so that might have taken a little away from the taste.

May 24, 2004

I sauteed a little garlic with the vegetables in the beginning. I also used 1 red bell pepper, eliminated the jalapeno pepper, chopped the mushrooms into small chunks because they were large, used frozen corn niblets, and only used 1/2 tsp. of cumin. I didn't bother pureeing some of the chili either. It was tasty as chili, especially with some shredded cheddar as a topping. Another time though when I reheated it, I added an extra cup of chicken broth to the leftovers as well as some cooked brown rice. I think I actually preferred it this way as a yummy black bean soup. Of course, when adding more liquid, you can adjust the seasoning to your taste.

Nov 04, 2003

As a US student studying in Norway for a year, I promised my scandinavian friends some good american chili. I chose to make it without meat because of its high cost here. Of course, because I had never made chili before, I turned to this site. We all agreed that it turned out quite well. I changed but a few things based on availability and cost differences here (no jalapeno or broth, used canned tomatoes and corn, substituted one can black beans with red salad beans, added zucchini, garlic and carrots), and it turned out great. It was perhaps a bit too spicy for the average person, but I liked it just fine, and my international friends were impressed. I think it is not quite 8 servings though. I fed 5 other people and had just a small bowl leftover.

Nov 04, 2003

I operate several Community Kitchens projects and have done this recipe with each of them. It has been a huge hit. No changes necessary!

Feb 09, 2011

Good, tasty recipe for no meat chili. Did not add the corn and added double mushrooms and tomatoes (personal preference). Will definitely make again and try different chili peppers to kick up the heat.

Nov 01, 2011

My husband -- NOT a lover of meatless dinners -- raved about this chili! I served it with pico de gallo and sour cream as a garnish. Yum! It's a great alternative to our typical beef chili.

Jan 18, 2007

If you love black beans and a thick chilli then you'll love this recipe. it was perfect and the leftovers were even better! i added more corn and a little bit more spice.


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  • Calories
  • 164 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 2.8 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 9.9 g
  • 40%
  • Protein
  • 9 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 897 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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