Black bean chilli

Black bean chilli

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(85 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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15th Jan, 2018
Great recipe, but I agree with others that 2 tbsp sugar is too much. I would also use 3 tsp ground cumin. I didn't have the pimenton, so as others suggested I swapped it for: 2 tsp smoked paprika 1.5 tsp ordinary paprika 2 tsp chili powder
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2nd Oct, 2017
This recipe is very nice however I think it's quite obvious that the tbsp should be tsp for the spices. 3 tablespoons of cumin and 3 tablespoons of chilli powder is just ridiculous and anyone who has put that amount in and been disappointed with the recipe needs to study cooking a bit. Other than that though with the right amount of spices this is a lovely dish. Bravo to the creator.
31st Aug, 2017
I made this and it was delicious. I substituted the black beans for kidney beans and substituted the spices for a packet of chili con carne mix. I also added some beef mince for extra flavour. Great results. It's already become a family favourite.
16th Jan, 2018
Hahaha !!!!
18th May, 2017
Top dish. Made many times. As others have side the side extras add to this dish. Great for a group, everyone can help themselves. Never fails
17th May, 2017
Delicious, quick and easy. One tbsp of hot chilli powder in place of the mild chilli/sweet pimenton works really well. The accompaniements really lift the dish.
16th Mar, 2017
Easy to cook and very tasty, produced 6 good portions that can be served with rice. Will definitely cook this again. couldn't find black beans so used used black eyed beans instead. Also, I used tablespoons rather than teaspoons of the spices so that it wasn't too spicy.
10th Dec, 2016
Where can you buy pimenton? I can't find it anywhere. Following one of the comments above I substituted smoked paprika. The result was quite tasty but definitely not chilli. I also found that with the canned tomatoes and cider vinegar it was a bit too liquidy for my taste.
24th Jul, 2016
This recipe was too overpowering heat wise, we don't eat dairy so couldn't cool with yogurt, but the addition of the radish and Avocado was a nice touch. Not in a hurry to make again though if I do will change the amount of spice.
8th Feb, 2016
This dish is a favourite in our house. Easy to make and always well received. Store cupboard ingredients and freezes well. I replace one of the cans of black beans with a can of red kidney beans in chilli sauce. With regard to comments below about the amount of spice I do use the full tablespoons as indicated in the recipe but found 3 tablespoons of cumin overpowering. I just use one and a half tablespoons of cumin and three tablespoons of smoked paprika.


6th Sep, 2015
This looks lovely, can someone tell me whether the calories quoted above include rice? Thanks
Angus Walker
24th Jan, 2015
Hi I am buying the ingredients for this recipe, but can the amounts really be tablespoons? 3 tablespoons of cumin and curry powder seems a very large amount. Thanks Angus
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26th Jan, 2015
Hi Angus, thanks for your question. It does sound like a lot but the quantities are correct. Please do use measuring spoons and for all our recipes the spoon measurements are level unless otherwise stated. You can use less if you prefer but the flavours will be less prominent. Let us know how you get on. 
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