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Best Black Bean Chilli (Delicious & Easy!)

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Get ready to cozy up with a warm and hearty bowl of our homemade black bean chilli – packed with wholesome ingredients, bursting with flavor, and simple enough for anyone to whip up at home!

Black Bean Chilli is fast becoming one of my go-to family meals and here’s why! Weekends and school holidays I feel like it’s easy to get stuck in a sandwich and crisps rut for lunches and I’m trying to swerve the kids into making healthier choices (at least at home!) 

My veggie black bean chili recipe is super easy to make, and the kids love to add on all the toppings. Plus I’m happy that they’re eating better! 

Making Homemade Black Bean Chilli Is A Good Thing, Here’s Why! 

Quick and easy! – You can have this prepped, cooked and served up in less than 30 minutes. Plus it’s worth making double quantities so you can have leftovers next day (or pop in the freezer for another day) 

Tastes great – our veggie chilli is bursting with flavour and naturally sweet, so the kids really do enjoy eating it. 

Counts towards your 5-a-day! – This easy lunch is packed with vegetables – beans, tomatoes, red onion, carrots and bell peppers.

black bean chilli in a pan on a serving board surrounded by toppings - reddish, nachos, chillies, sour cream, and avocados

Homemade Black Bean Chilli Recipe 

Serves – 4 people 

Prep Time – 10 minutes 

Cook Time – 20 minutes 

Total Time – around 30 minutes 

Our Most Popular Alternative – Vegan chilli 

Equipment Needed

  • Chopping board 
  • Grater 
  • Vegetable knife 
  • Saucepan with lid (medium sized)
  • Cooking spoon 
  • Teaspoon 

Black Bean Chilli Ingredients 

To make our easy bean chilli you’ll just need a handful of simple, tasty vegetables and a few spices. 

ingredients for black bean chilli on a white table - include tin black beans, tin tomatoes, grated carrots, chopped bell peppers, chopped red onion, chopped celery, chopped chilli and garlic, pot of olive oil and saucer with mixed of spices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 red onion – diced 
  • 1 clove garlic – finely chopped 
  • 1 small red chilli – finely chopped 
  • 1 red bell pepper – diced 
  • 1 carrot – scrubbed and grated 
  • 1 stick celery – chopped 
  • 400g tin tomatoes 
  • 400g tin black beans – you can swap this for pinto beans or red kidney beans 

For the black bean chilli spices

  • 1 tsp ground cumin 
  • 1 tsp ground coriander 
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (add more if you like things extra fiery hot)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika 
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional) 
  • Tablespoon chili powder (optional – if you like your chilli extra spicy, throw some in) 

For calories and nutrition facts see recipe card below – I make this using gluten-free ingredients. It’s also naturally vegan – to keep it vegan when serving just swap the cheese and sour cream for plant based alternatives. 

black bean chilli in a pan on a serving board surrounded by toppings - reddish, nachos, chillies, sour cream, and avocados

How To Make Black Bean Chili 

You’ll love how easy our delicious bean chilli con carne is to make, it’s total feel good food! 

Step One – lets make a start on the bean chilli 

  • Add the olive oil to a saucepan over a medium heat and tip in the red onions. Fry them gently for 5 minutes, stirring with the wooden spoon to stop them burning.
  • Then tip in the celery, peppers, garlic and chilli plus the spices. And fry for another five minutes. 
saucer of spices being tipped into a saucepan

Step Two – add the rest of the ingredients

  • Add the grated carrot, the tinned tomatoes and the black beans to the pan, season with salt and black pepper and give everything a good stir together. 
grated carrots, black beans and tomatoes being put into a saucepan and stirred with a wooden spoon

Step Three – simmer the black bean chilli 

  • Pop the lid on the saucepan and bring the pan to the boil. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer for around 20 minutes or until the vegetables are softened and the chili sauce thickened in consistency.
saucepan full of veggie chilli being stirred with a wooden spoon

Cooks Note – I usually cook with the lid off for the last five minutes which helps to thicken the sauce. 

Step Four – serve the black bean chilli 

  • Once the black bean chili is cooked through serve garnished with fresh cilantro and with all your favourite sides and toppings – I’ve put some ideas below to get your tastebuds tingling! 

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What To Serve With Black Bean Chilli 

Our tasty bean veggie chilli is totally delicious served with rice, in a baked potato or sweet potato or use to top nachos.

When I make this for a quick lunch I usually serve with plain boiled rice and a side of nachos, it’s just quick and easy. 

black bean chilli served in bowl with rice and nachos surrounded by toppings like diced avocados, radish slices, red chillies, grated cheese, green salsa

Now let’s talk about the toppings and garnishes. For me chilli is all about the little extras I add lots of toppings on the table in pots and bowls so everyone can top their black bean chilli with way they want. 

Toppings That Add Extra Flavour To Black Bean Chilli! 

  • Sour Cream – which I usually sprinkle with a little smoked paprika or chilli powder for extra kick.
  • Lime Wedges – so that you can squeeze some lime juice over the chilli for added testiness.
  • Cheddar Cheese – grated
  • Diced Avocado – sometimes I do chunky guacamole 
  • Tortilla Chips 
  • Sliced Radish 
  • Fresh chillies or jalapeños 
  • Corn – our air fryer corn on the cobs recipe is SO GOOD!
air fried corn on the cob brushed with garlic and herb butter and scattered with coriander leaves

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Tasty Tips From Our Kitchen To Make Your Black Bean Chilli Great Every Time !

We love the black bean chilli recipe just the way it is, great for a quick and easy, healthy lunch with the kids. And super tasty with a great depth of flavor next day, when we use any leftovers in quesadilla or stuffed into baked potatoes. 

I’ve popped some great cooking tips below – for adding in extra ingredients, cooking in the slow cooker, serving ideas or for storing and using up leftovers 

How To Store Leftover Veggie Chilli 

This veggie chilli can be cooled and stored in an air tight container in the fridge to use the next day. Alternatively you can freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before reheating. 

How To Use Up Leftover Black Bean Chilli 

Use any leftover chilli the next day to top baked potatoes, stuff quesadillas, use in toasted grilled cheese sandwiches, or make a veggie dirty rice, by reheating and stirring through cooked Mexican style rice (I cheat with this and use a microwave sachet) 

It’s also delicious served on cheesy nachos with Mexican roast tomato salsa dip

Make Black Bean Chili Your Way 

You can add in any extras you like – try adding sweet potatoes or squash. Make things hotter and spicier with a spoonful of chipotle chili paste.

Or top the chilli with shredded chicken or pulled ham, you could even make it even more beany and throw in some added tinned beans.

Make The Chilli In The Slow Cooker

When I make this in the slow cooker, I just dump all the ingredients in, stir and go. Cook it on high for around 3 hours (all slow cookers are a little different so it may take a little less or longer)

If it’s a little watery, which can often be the case with slow cooker recipes – just thicken it using a cornflour slurry.

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black bean chilli served in bowl with rice and nachos surrounded by toppings like diced avocados, radish slices, red chillies, grated cheese, green salsa

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black bean chilli in a pan on a serving board surrounded by toppings - reddish, nachos, chillies, sour cream, and avocados

Black Bean Chilli

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A delicious, easy and healthy bean chilli - great for a quick weekend lunch or dinner with the kids. And save theose leftovers, they taste great next day too!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion - diced
  • 1 red chilli - chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - chopped
  • 1 red pepper - diced
  • 1 large carrot - scrubbed and grated
  • 1 stick celery - chopped
  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 400g tin black beans

For the spices

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a saucepan over a medium heat and tip in the red onions. Fry them gently for 5 minutes, stirring with the wooden spoon to stop them burning.
  2. Then tip in the celery, peppers, garlic and chilli plus the spices. And fry for another five minutes.
  3. Add the grated carrot, the tinned tomatoes and the black beans to the pan, season with salt and black pepper and give everything a good stir together.
  4. Pop the lid on the saucepan and bring the pan to the boil. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer for around 20 minutes or until the vegetables are softened and the chili sauce thickened in consistency.
  5. Once the black bean chili is cooked through, serve garnished with fresh cilantro and with all your favourite sides and toppings

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 526mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 12gSugar: 7gProtein: 20g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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