Beef and Black Bean Chili

Beef and Black Bean Chili

With the colder weather here I am finding myself going for more hearty soups and stews more often and one of my go to dishes are chilies. Chilies come in all different shapes and forms and I never tire of playing around with different ingredients but I always come back to the basics with a recipe like this one. When I have the time I like the grab some cubed stewing beef and do a slow braised chili con carne but if I do not have the time then ground beef makes a for a nice quick substitute the gives up little in flavour. This beef and black bean chili is easy to pull off on a week night and if you make a double batch you will have leftovers for more meals and the leftovers taste even the next day!

Beef and Black Bean Chili

This chili is literally as easy to make as cooking the beef, sauteing the onions and then throwing everything into the pot to simmer. If you are in a rush you can simmer it for as little as say 20 minutes but if you have a bit more time simmering it longer will help bring out more flavour. Speaking of flavour there are a few things that you can tweak in this recipe to make it even tastier. Right now this recipe is on the healthier side but if you don't mind you could cook a few slices of bacon after browning the beef and then sauteing the onions in the bacon grease and that will add a ton of flavour to the chili! Next up is the liquid and you could just use water but why not take the opportunity to build up more flavour by using something like beef broth, a cup of coffee or even a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. For this particular batch I used a chocolate stout for the liquid and the hint of chocolate was pretty amazing! I have also used straight up cocoa powder or even a small piece of dark chocolate in chilies before and it works quite well as does a touch cinnamon.

I see the top of a bowl of chili as an empty canvas just waiting to be filled as you can top your chili with pretty much anything. Some things that I often like to top a chili with include: cheeses, sour cream, cilantro, diced onions, radishes, avocado or even corn chips. This time I also made a jalapeno cornbread to go with the chili to help ensure that no bowl came back to the kitchen dirty. Of course you could serve the chili over rice, noodles or even corn chips.

Beef and Black Bean Chili

Beef and Black Bean Chili

Beef and Black Bean Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Servings: 4

A quick and easy beef and bean chili that makes for a tasty, healthy and hearty weeknight meal.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin, toasted and ground
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans, from 1/2 cup dry)
  • 1 cup beef broth, beer or coffee
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  1. Cook the ground beef in a large pan over medium heat, breaking it apart as is cooks, drain any grease and set the beef aside.
  2. Add the oil in the pan, add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, cumin and chili powders and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, beef, beans, broth, chipotle and oregano, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20-50 minutes.

Slow Cooker: Implement step 1, optionally implement steps 2 & 3, place everything except the cilantro in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or high for 2-4 hours before adding the cilantro.


Meggie said...

Looks so delicious!! Mmm, love black beans more than any other bean <3

Can't wait to see the jalapeno corn bread. That sounds about perfect right now!

Anonymous said...

Looks so, so good and perfect for the cooler weather.


Girlie Blogger said...

Yum! Chilli! So good right now.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks so good! I could eat some even for breakfast.



Joanne said...

I'm posting about chili today also! But there's always room for a new recipe. I love the idea of coffee and chocolate in this!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm! This weeks menu plan includes Chili... might give this recipe a try.

bellini said...

Even just the corn chips have me craving some comforting chili!

Delishhh said...

Perfect for the cold days now. .

Kristi said...


Dining Alone said...

This looks rich and delicious, never thought to add coffee.

Cajunlicious said...

Kevin that is one good looking bowl of chili!

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious! I was daydreaming about chili earlier & I think I will have to make some this weekend. I am excited about this cornbread recipe! That has to be the most perfect-looking loaf of bread I have ever seen. Your photos always look amazing!

Chris said...

Kevin, this rocks, especially the addition of the fritos. There's a place here called Petro's which is chili on top of fritos with other toppings and I love them.

Anonymous said...

It smells so good! Just a few more minutes .....
Perfect after long working day and cold winter weather (even here in Germany).
Thank you, Pat

Anonymous said...

In your recipe you don't include when to put the beef back in. Could you let me (us, other readers) when?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: The beef is added back in to the mix in step 5 along with everything else.

Anonymous said...

Do you think I could use ground turkey? be less fatning?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Ground turkey would definitely work.

Peter @Feed Your Soul said...

Absolutely beautiful pic and great recipe.

Anonymous said...

This is GOOD. I didn't have special chili powders on hand, so I used 2 TBSP of regular old chili powder, and had chicken broth on hand and not beef so used that, and it was GREAT. Also, garnished with the cilantro but also sour cream and cheddar cheese, with blue corn chips. Delicious!!

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