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Easy Black Bean Chili | Perfect dinner on a cold night or for game day!

Easy Black Bean Chili

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

I’m not super picky, but I’m also not very fond of kidney beans. When I swapped them out for black beans in my chili, I knew I was onto something! Perfect on a chilly autumn or winter’s night or for game day!

Easy Black Bean Chili in a white soup bowl

Easy Black Bean Chili

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 game day chili for the Super Bowl. I usually just saute up some onions, garlic and ground beef, season liberally with cumin, chili powder and whatever catches 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. I have never been a fan of kidney beans, so I knew I’d feature black beans in this version. They’re so much better!

2 bowls of Easy Black Bean Chili garnished with cheese and avocados

How to Make the Best Chili

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 less appealing beer in the fridge for cooking.

Katie felt it was a bit too spicy for her tender palate. Adjust the spices to your liking, especially the crushed red pepper flakes.  A dollop of sour cream will go a long way in mellowing the heat, too. I chose shredded cheddar cheese, avocados, diced bell pepper and jalapenos for my garnishes. My dad would have loved some diced onions.  I also love to make a batch of my buttermilk corn muffins to round out the meal.

PRO- Tip: Did you know alcohol is a flavor enhancer just like salt? The beer is totally optional, but it does add a certain depth of flavor. This was one excellent game day chili recipe!

Easy Black Bean Chili | Perfect dinner on a cold night or for game day!

Note: This old Sunday Supper post was updated with new photos.

More Soup Recipes:

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)

  • Chilled Strawberry Soup at Juanita’s Cocina
  • Bread and Tomato Soup – Gazpacho Style at Vintage Kitchen Notes


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Easy Black Bean Chili | Perfect dinner on a cold night or for game day!

Chili with Black Beans

The perfect dinner on a cold winter’s night or for game day!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Entree


  • 23 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, I recommend Certified Angus Beef Brand
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 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
  • 12 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 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, diced red bell pepper, chopped avocado, and/or jalapeno slices.




  • Calories: 419kcal
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Sodium: 1217mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Protein: 36g
  • Cholesterol: 71mg
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13 comments on “Easy Black Bean Chili”

  1. this looks delicious Lizzy !

  2. Definitely my kind of meal…I love all sorts of beans and lentils, but black bean is for sure the top favourite.

  3. This is looking really really mindblowing & the way you presented it is really good. I can feel that aroma also. I can’t wait to try my hand on it. I will try this at my home asap. Thanks for sharing this yummylicious recipe with us. Best wishes and Regards.

  4. We always have chili for the first game and the last game:@) I thought that was the law??? Have a great weekend Liz!

  5. It is ages sińce I last time made it, good recipe for winter as we do not practice any game days home 😀

  6. Pouring some of that over spaghetti squash sounds like a phenomenal idea to me!

  7. Yes~! This looks so good and with healthy black beans too~!! Thanks for the recipe Liz~!!

  8. It is definitely nearing chili weather. In fact, I made some last week (before it got back into the high 80s here).

  9. It has been rainy and cold and damp here for days and I we want to eat is soup. Your round could have not come at a better time. I think we should start with your super easy black bean chili… Looks super delicious

  10. Have been craving a good chili lately and this is a good one! Love those black beans.

  11. It’s years since I made a pot of chili. Looks so comforting and perfect for our weather, Liz. Since yesterday, Parisian temperatures have dipped.

  12. I’m currently freezing while I’m writing this comment… Your beautiful chili is literally warming my soul haha!

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