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Black Bean Chili Recipe
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Zesty Black Bean Chili Recipe

A comforting, easy black bean chili recipe with plenty of piquant spices. Just the right amount of heat. Chop, pour, simmer, done. One of my favorites.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black beans, chili, recipe, spicy
Servings: 6
Calories: 253kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 jalapeno peppers diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey or use ground beef, ground chicken, or ground pork
  • 2 cans black beans drained - 16 ounce cans
  • 2 cups chicken stock or use a good flavored amber colored beer – I used a white ale
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ancho powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot Sauce to taste
  • FOR SERVING: Crumbly white cheese, spicy chili flakes, chopped red onion, fresh chopped parsley


  • Heat the oil in a large pot and add the jalapeno peppers and onions. Cook them down about 5 minutes, or until they become tender.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute, until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Add the ground turkey and break apart with a wooden spoon. Cook until the turkey is mostly cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook another minute.
  • Add in the beans, chicken stock (or beer), and seasonings, plus hot sauce to taste. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes. You can easily let it simmer for an hour to let the flavors develop even further.
  • Serve!


Heat Level: Mild-Medium. You can easily spice this up with hotter chili peppers, though there is some heat here. Hot sauce is a nice addition.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1280IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.8mg