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Healthy Recipe: Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

This is one dish that has been made so many times in my kitchen, I've memorized the recipe that was passed down from my mom. It's a family favorite because it's delicious and nutritious, packing in protein, fiber, and flavor, and even meat eaters crave seconds. I like to serve it with quinoa, but I've also served it on top of a baked potato or brown rice. A big bonus to this recipe is that one large pot is good for about six meals, and leftovers taste even better as the seasonings have more time to meld together.

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Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili


  1. 3 cans black beans
  2. 2 yellow or green bell peppers
  3. 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 5 to 6 medium-sized garlic cloves, minced
  5. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  6. 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  7. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  8. 2 4 oz. canned diced green chiles (or 1-2 medium-sized minced anaheim or poblano chiles)
  9. 2 teaspoons dried basil (or 1 tablespoon fresh basil)
  10. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  11. black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
  12. 1/2 cup tomato puree
  13. 1 cup quinoa


1. Heat oil in skillet. Add garlic and all other seasonings, lime juice, bell peppers, and chiles. Saute over medium heat until peppers and chiles are tender (about 15 minutes).

2. Add saute to beans and tomato puree. Simmer covered over low heat for about 20 min., stirring occasionally.

3. While the chili is simmering, make your quinoa.
4. Serve with dollop of lite sour cream, sprinkle of cheese, or without any toppings.

Join The Conversation
wren1 wren1 8 years
I made this last night and it was fantastic. My bf and I both loved it!
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I've cooked many black bean dishes and they look nothing like that. Maybe it's just a bad picture. sorry...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's so hard for me to get into the rhythm of eating beans. i'm a veggie so i know the value in what i could get in protein from them, but i'm just not a fan of beans like that. this recipe really does look great though.
goatimpact goatimpact 8 years
I've never even considered adding quinoa to chili but that's such a great idea. I'm going to try this over the weekend since I think chili is the best football food.
myystque myystque 8 years
That looks delicious--I will definitely have to try it. Thank you!
ditorres ditorres 8 years
yummy looking
Spectra Spectra 8 years
This looks super yummy and I love that it has quinoa in it. I'm definitely going to give it a try.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
any substitute to the peppers? would sweet bell peppers work? other than that, this looks awfully delicious. going to give it a try :)
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I'm a big fan of chili with meat, but this sounds and looks pretty good!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I make a similar veggie chili, it's an Emeril recipe off food network's site and it is amazing, has zuchini and portabellas, black beans, mmmmm
wren1 wren1 8 years
This is going on my list!
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 8 years
sounds simple enough, and i even thought to try it out and add onion, and maybe use lentils as well. :)
foxie foxie 8 years
My husband makes veggie chili that is crazy good. Unfortunately, it's also the ONLY thing he knows how to cook.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Oh, that looks so good!
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