Black bean chilli

Black bean chilli

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(75 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4 - 6
This chilli is great for casual entertaining - just lay everything out and let people add their own toppings

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal339
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre8g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.45g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 tbsp sweet pimenton (Spanish paprika ) or mild chilli powder



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 3 tbsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 x 400g (2 x 14oz) cans chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 x 400g (2 x 14oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • a few, or one, of the following to serve: crumbled feta cheese, chopped spring onions, sliced radishes, avocado chunks, soured cream


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and fry the garlic and onions for 5 mins until almost softened. Add the pimenton and cumin, cook for a few mins, then add the vinegar, sugar, tomatoes and some seasoning. Cook for 10 mins.

  2. Pour in the beans and cook for another 10 mins. Serve with rice and the accompaniments of your choice in small bowls.

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Comments (76)

gman17's picture

I used one can of black beans and one can of flageolet beans, along with a deseeded freash chilli. The green beans added a lovely splash of colour to make the meal visually more pleasing and the chilli added a little extra bite!

ktkinsq's picture

Is 3tbsp ground cumin really the right amount? Seems way too much to me. 3 tsp I can understand as with just the beans you need a bit more, surely 3tbsp is an error?

jweg1210's picture

Was very , very surprised at how tasty this turned out to be. We just had it as a weekday supper, but will use when next have veggie friends over, with the fancy sides in little bowls. Yum.

franceswood's picture

Good tip to add more chilli. I also added chopped coriander and lemon juice at the end. Also cooked the chopped toms for 20 mins to get a thicker result and added a chopped red pepper. Mmm

ang_hee's picture

Tasty and simple recipe. I like the suggestion of the cayenne pepper. This chilli does need a little bit more of a kick.

fyrefly58's picture

My husband cooked this for was delicious. It had just the right amount of sweetness and I enjoyed the black beans, not just for vegetarians.

gowri_j's picture

This never fails to disappoint, always a crowd pleaser! We usually use cayenne chilli pepper for a bit of a kick.

steviemeade's picture

I found this a little too sweet for Chilli so added a veggie Bouillon cube which worked also stirred through Corriander at the end very nice

bars's picture

This is now a staple for our 'make Mondays meet free' efforts. Avocado with 1/2 fat cream fresh gives interesting additional textures and balances the spice. Haven't used mince for my chilli since trying this.

dlockhart's picture

Awesome veggie chilli!

janerollinson's picture

This is now one of our family favourites, and my 6 year old son requested it as his "special birthday meal". We have served it with rice, or with tortilla wraps, home-made guacamole, grated cheese & creme fraiche. One of the nicest chillies I've had and you certainly don't miss the meat. The flavour of the cumin and the tang of the vinegar make it something special.

kt_gallacher's picture

This is a really tasty and quick dish that even my meat loving husband really enjoyed! The radishes and sour cream are an excellent addition - and a sprinkling of chopped corriander works well too.

caroway890's picture

rally easy and great to do quickly, have made it 5 times now for different people and everyone has enjoyed it. great with naan bread as well

clionaf's picture

This was a very easy and fast dish to prepare. There was almost nothing in the fridge and I wanted to prepare something healthy. All the ingredients for this recipe were in my cupboard and that's how I ended up trying it! It went down well with my husband and 8 year-old, no mean feat especially since it was meatless. I'll definitely try it again.

elaines's picture

Great vegetarian main course that everyone will love. Cider vinegar adds depth and we all loved adding out own favourite bits and pieces, radishes, avocado etc

ruthhind's picture

Really tasty and very simple to do, using black beans is a great idea for variation on usual veg chilli!


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