Matt's Bean Chili with Okra

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While away from home, my husband learned how to cook. The one thing that he prides himself the most on is his chili with okra. I do have to say that even the mention of it makes my mouth water. There isn't a special ingredient or really anything unusual about the dish. It's just good.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
10 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound okra, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt, or more to taste

  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying


  1. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot pot until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. While the beef is browning, coat okra in beaten eggs and toss in flour. Set aside.

  3. Drain and discard grease from the beef. Stir black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, corn, cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, brown sugar, and salt into the pot. Bring to a boil; continue to boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 2 hours.

  4. While chili simmers, heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry okra in the hot oil until browned, about 5 minutes, working in batches as needed. Set fried pieces on paper towels to drain and let rest.

  5. Serve chili in bowls with fried okra on top for a nice added crunch.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

359 Calories
12g Fat
45g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 359
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 938mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 16mg 81%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 546mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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