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.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
35 mins
50 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Drain black beans, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Set aside.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

342 calories; protein 15.5g; carbohydrates 49.7g; fat 10.6g; sodium 1244.6mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
Great flavor and very quick to make! Next time I'm going to use a mixture of beans since it ended up being black-bean heavy. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Giving this 3 stars because it is tasty for what it is. Vegetable soup. This IS NOT Chili. chili - (noun) A stew made of meat and usually tomatoes, spiced with chili peppers or chili powder. Chili made of meat. Technically it does not even have beans in it. There is no such thing as vegetarian chili. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very tasty and quick. I used it to stuff green peppers and topped them with shredded pepper jack cheese. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My sister and I made this chili recipe twice so far, including today. We loved it and so did our family. It’s definitely a great comfort food. It taste like a salsa. We served it with sour cream, cilantro, cheddar cheese, and Doritos. It tasted so good! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The recipe is fabulous as it is! It freezes well, so make a double batch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Quick and super tasty chili! Served it with cornbread and it was perfect for dinner! No meat needed and no meat missed! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Looks delicious! Trying to switch to a more vegan lifestyle and comfort food like this will make the transition go a lot smoother. Read More