Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

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recipe by Kamran Siddiqi

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based on 8 ratings

Despite being a vegetarian chili, you won’t miss the meat here. The accompaniments are what make this chili that much better, so definitely go with the sprinkling of scallions, cilantro, and a few avocado slices. The juxtaposition of the warm chili and the cold sour cream is also lovely, so don’t skip out on that. If you’re a bit apprehensive about heat, leave out the cayenne pepper and halve the amount of chili powder called for in the recipe. Another route is to use 2 tablespoons of chipotle chili powder instead of the regular chili powder. About 3 tablespoons of your favorite smoky Mexican chipotle seasoning would also work as a great alternative to the cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder called for in the recipe.

recipe updated Apr 30, 2020


  • Onion icon
    2 cups (about 326.4 g)
  • Red bell pepper icon
    Red bell pepper
    2 (about 300 g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    6 (about 36 g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    ¼ cup (about 54.6 g)
  • Chili powder icon
    Chili powder
    2 tbsp (about 15.9 g)
  • Dried oregano icon
    Dried oregano
    2 tsp (about 1.4 g)
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    1 ½ tsp (about 3.15 g)
  • Cayenne pepper icon
    Cayenne pepper
    ½ tsp (about 1.07 g)
  • Canned black beans icon
    Canned black beans
    3 (about 1.2 kg)
  • Tomato sauce icon
    Tomato sauce
    16 fl oz (about 460.8 g)
  • Cilantro icon
    as needed
  • Sour cream icon
    Sour cream
    as needed


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  1. Add olive oil to a clean large saucepan
  2. Heat - medium heat
  3. Add onion, red bell pepper and garlic clove to the large saucepan
  4. Sauté until softened - approx 10 min
  5. Add chili powder, dried oregano, ground cumin and cayenne pepper to the large saucepan
  6. Stir - approx 2 min
  7. Add canned black beans and tomato sauce to the large saucepan
  8. Cook until just boiling then reduce heat
  9. Simmer until thickened - 15 min, low heat
  10. Serve
  11. Garnish with cilantro and sour cream
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