Vegetarian Chili with Black Beans


Quick, easy, and delicious vegetarian bean chili. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, and chopped green onions. Serve with corn bread or rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 3 (15 ounce) cans black beans

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 cups chopped onions

  • 2 medium red bell peppers, coarsely chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Drain black beans, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic; saute until onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add reserved black beans, 1/2 cup bean liquid, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend and chili thickens, about 15 minutes.

  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle chili into bowls to serve.

Cook's Note:

For a chunkier dish, use crushed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

342 Calories
11g Fat
50g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 1245mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 19g 67%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 69mg 344%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 1150mg 24%

* 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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