Chili with Black Beans #SundaySupper #SouperSundaySupper

This Chili with Black Beans has been my go-to chili for years! Perfect on a chilly winter’s night or on game day!

Chili with Black Beans | Perfect dinner on a cold night or for game day!

Chili with Black Beans

When I asked Bill if he wanted Chili or Baked Potato Soup on Super Bowl Sunday, there was no hesitation when he answered. It’s always chili for the Super Bowl. I usually just saute up some onions, garlic and ground beef, season liberally with cumin, chili powder and whatever gets my fancy, and dump in cans of tomatoes, tomato sauce or paste and beans. It never tastes the same. It’s always good, and sometimes amazing. I decided it was time to brand my own recipe.

Chili with Black Beans | Perfect dinner on a cold night or for game day!

Make It Your Own

I lined up the cans and spices, and jotted notes as I sprinkled and poured. Bill and I thought this was a splendid batch of chili, though he wasn’t thrilled I was using his “good beer” to pour into soup. I now have crappy beer in the fridge for cooking. Katie felt it was a bit too spicy for her palate. Adjust the spices to your liking, especially the crushed red pepper flakes. I’ve never been a fan of kidney beans so I stared using black beans instead. I’ll never go back! And the beer is totally optional, but it does add a certain depth of flavor.

Thanks to sweet Pam for hosting our event this week. The #SundaySupper family will be digging out their stock pots and slow cookers to serve up these amazing soups:

Do The Chicken Dance (chicken {or other poultry} soups)

Where’s The Beef (Beef Soups)

Pass The Pork. Please (Pork or Sausage Soups)

Under The Sea (Seafood Soups)

Eat Your Veggies (Chock Full o’ Vegetables Soups)

Some Don’t Like It Hot (Chilled Soups)

Chili with Black Beans! Perfect on a cold night or for game day

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Chili with Black Beans
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The perfect dinner on a cold winter's night or for game day!
Recipe type: entree, chili
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 26-ounce boxes Pomi chopped tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
  • ½ cup beer
  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil, then add onions and saute till soft and slightly browned. Add garlic, red bell pepper and celery and continue to cook. When those veggies have cooked a few minutes, add ground beef and cook and break up with spatula until all cooked and browned. Add spices and cook till fragrant. Dump in rest of ingredients and simmer for about an hour (I love to cook all afternoon and add water if soup gets too thick).
  2. Serve with shredded sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives or diced onions or chives.




  1. That chili with black beans looks hearty and utterly scrumptious ! With such a delightful array of ingredients no wonder your version tastes amazing 😀 Buuurp lol

  2. Nothing beats a big bowl of chili with all the toppings! Yours looks so rich and delicious. Wish I could sink my spoon in right now.

  3. Chocolate Shavings says:

    Seems perfectly soothing for this time of year – yum!

  4. LOL regarding the “good beer.” So very clever and inventive to use the beverage in chili, Liz. But then again, your site is full of clever inventions =)

    Think your chili will be a perfect supper to fix for my niece and her husband (a beer fan) the next time I visit them in San Francisco. (Always a few degrees colder than LA.)

    Thank you, Liz, as always for your stellar recipes!

  5. A good chili recipe, I like that Liz. It´s one of the first american recipes I made when I was a teenager and it´s still one of my favorites. This will make an appearance this winter for sure! Have a great day!

  6. We keep crappy beer in the fridge for cooking also haha. I’ve been looking for a chili recipe that is a little bit different. I will have to give this a try soon.

  7. Love all of the flavors in your chili! Gorgeous photos too!

  8. I’ve rediscovered chill recently and this is inspiring with the black beans, Liz. Ideal for this chilly weather – we’ve snow flurries in Paris today!

  9. I am loving this chili! I just love black beans and it makes for a wonderful and hearty meal!!

  10. Yum! This looks perfect for a cold day. I love the black beans.

  11. I love chili made with black beans (my favorite)!

  12. I love chili with black beans! This one sounds great! I also like the addition of the beer to add another layer of flavor!

  13. I love chili, this looks so comforting, and perfect for a cold day!

  14. This chili looks hearty and delicious. The list of links for other recipes looks pretty fantastic too!

  15. I love black beans in soup. I’ve made a South Western Chicken Soup with black beans. I will have to try adding them to my next pot of chili!

  16. Amanda @ MarocMama says:

    My mom always made chili and served it with a big bowl of shredded cheddar cheese on the side. Love this!

  17. Nothing better than a big bowl of chili!! Love your recipe!!

  18. Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of chili? I can’t wait to make a fresh batch of cornbread and soak it in this amazingness here!

  19. O yes, exactly the right one for the cold winter days!

  20. I could eat soup or chili every day – this one sounds wonderful. You might need to tell Bill that it was “the good beer” that made this so yummy! 🙂

  21. I haven’t had chili in such a long time, I might have to try this.

  22. I’m with Bill – chili, chili, chili!! That bowl looks incredibly comforting… I wouldn’t mind digging in right about now… 🙂

  23. I make chili all the time during the cooler months, and I rarely make it exactly the same way twice! So much fun to play with this sort of dish. One thing I really have grown to love are chile powders (dried chiles that are ground up – not the mix of stuff at the supermarket called “chili” powder). I’m enchanted with the flavor of Hatch chile from New Mexico! But even plain old ancho chile works quite well. Anyway, great recipe! I rarely add beer to my chili, but I should definitely do that more often. Good stuff – thanks.

  24. I’m sorry what is this “crappy beer” you speak of? We don’t have that at home 🙂 Great chili recipe!

  25. I’m a big fan of black beans in my chili-they just work with the dish and add some texture to it!

  26. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    So glad you decided to brand it… looks amazing! This looks like all a chili should be. Can’t wait to try it!

  27. I made chili “bowl” for super “bowl” too. Love using black beans and substituting ground turkey for the beef. Your recipe looks uber delish! Good for you to brand your own recipe!

  28. Chili. The other day when I made mine I almost put in black beans. I got a face from the husband. Next time!

  29. Oh this is just perfect for cold weather. I think the recipes you reinvent every single time are the most difficult to write down, but happy you’ve shared this with us!

  30. I love that you add black beans to your chili, and those spices are wonderful!

  31. LOL You are right. Chili is just one of these recipes we women tend to throw together and not stick with a particular recipe. 🙂 Looks good and I was thinking about chili the other day as I cooked up some black beans in my crock pot. Have a great week, Lizzy!

  32. Hi Liz! I love chili but have never made it with black beans — I do like the sound of it. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it looks so good.

  33. Chili is such a wonderful dish that I wonder why I haven’t made it for at least two years. Your version looks fabulous and I love the idea to add beer. (I’m sure my husband would love it too!). Thank you for the inspiration.

  34. This sounds so tasty, Liz – love black beans in chili!

  35. Ah… So many delicious soup recipes to choose from. I’m an odd duck – I don’t like a lot of spice in chili, or beans – I’m not even sure I can call my version chili -lol…

  36. looks and sounds good – but you lost me with all the tomatoes. Not really crazy about tomatoes in chili.

  37. Hotly Spiced says:

    I make my chilli a bit like you do and mine seems to have very similar ingredients, apart from the beer. I wasn’t sure if this is something you drink while making it? Maybe some for the pot and some for the chef. xx

  38. Hi Lizzy, sorry for being absent on commenting for such a long time…I have missed so much on your blog. Love the new changes, including the large superb photos as well. Thank you for your kind words…you are such a genuine and wonderful friend!

    Your amazing chili with the black beans is making me so hungry. I have not made chili in ages, and I love, love, your recipe. So perfect and made just the way I like it. The focaccia looks so yummy as well! xoxo

  39. Nothing like a good chili recipe!

  40. These photos make me think of the hearty food of winter, which is coming our way. But not quite yet. We are still having warm sunny days. Lovely photos.

  41. Nothing like this to warm you up 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  42. Beans are a MUST in any chili I have!

  43. I love that you added beer to your chili. This recipe sounds delish!

  44. Sounds fantastic, Liz!!! I actually always – if I cook with beer – use the good beer, the flavor does matter 🙂 at least that is what I tell my DH 🙂

  45. Beer does add great flavor to chili. Funny you have to keep cooking beer now. Oh, and I love that you used black beans. I’m not a fan of the typical kidney beans and so the black beans are great for me.

  46. Being from Texas, I’m a lover of chili and make it often. I have not posted my own recipe because each time I start measuring it is never as good as when I just “wing it” so I appreciate your efforts and recipe.

  47. I LOVE chili, and I love making it different every time I make it! Thanks for another new one!

  48. yum! this looks so warm and delicious! and perfect for super bowls 🙂

  49. I LOVE beer in my chili. . Mexican beer to be exact. I recently discovered this and now I will never go back. . delicious! Love this recipe! I will definitely give this one a try!

  50. We love chili as well and I make it so much that I have to create new recipes often. Since my family doesn’t mind if its spicy and loves black beans I will have to give yours a whirl.

    By the way I don’t know how you keep up with all your posts. I can’t seem to! You must never sleep or do you have a method to your madness? I wish I could whip them out that – fast and that good! Way to go Liz!!!

  51. Love black beans in chili! Sounds so comforting! Perfect for cold days!

  52. Liz, Your recipes are just out of this world and this one is no different. Beautiful.

  53. Black beans are my favorite bean for chili. 🙂 Another fabulous dish. 🙂

  54. Black beans are my favourite bean, I bet I would love this chili

  55. yum! i’ve never thought to put black beans in my chili. Only kidney beans. Must try!

  56. I love the look of your chili Lizzy – it has the perfect color that I look for (not so spicy not too dark, I might sound strange). Glad you shared this recipe too. I need to save it and cook this very soon!


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