Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

vegetarian black bean chili

This spicy Vegetarian Black Bean Chili will warm your heart and soul. It is highly adaptable to your personal taste buds.  If you love the fire, use the full amount of chilies. But if you would rather play it safe, use less than half the amount of recommended chilies.

Serve this fragrant chili with your favorite garnishes like sharp cheddar cheese and onion. Complete the meal with fresh corn bread or tortilla chips. 

Don’t forget to make extra, chili taste so much better the next day.


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Vegetarian Black Bean Chili
Serves 6
Hearty, Spicy & Fulfilling
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr 3 min
Total Time
8 hr 18 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr 3 min
Total Time
8 hr 18 min
  1. *2 cups black beans, dried
  2. *2 TBS olive oil
  3. *1-2 onions, chopped
  4. *4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  5. *3 Anaheim peppers, chopped
  6. *½ to 1 habanero peppers (or jalapeno), to taste
  7. *2-3 teaspoons cumin, ground
  8. *3 cups of filtered water
  9. *3 cups tomatoes, fresh or canned, chopped
  10. *½ cup fresh cilantro (optional)
  11. *1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  12. *Fresh ground pepper to taste
Optional Garnishes
  1. *Sour cream
  2. *Green onions, chopped
  3. *Fresh cilantro, chopped
  4. *Jalapenos, chopped
  5. *Sharp cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese, grated
  1. Soak the beans in water overnight. If in a hurry then you can boil the beans for 10 minutes, remove from heat and cover for 1-2 hours.
  2. Drain beans and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
  3. Sear the chili peppers on low heat for 15 minutes. Let the peppers cool, remove skin and save the seeds.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the oil and add garlic and onions. Sate on low heat for 5 minutes. Add coriander and cumin and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add water and beans then bring to a boil. Simmer beans on low-medium heat for 1 ½ -2 hours stirring occasionally and adding more water if needed.
  5. When the beans are close to done add tomatoes and peppers. You can also add the pepper seed at this time if you like your chili extra hot. Simmer for another 30 minutes.
  6. Add cilantro, salt and pepper. Let cook for 5 minutes
  7. Serve the chili in bowls with preferred garnishes.
  1. Diet Type: Vegetarian
  2. Diet Tags: High Protein, Gluten Free
  3. Culinary Tradition: USA (Southwestern)
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