Black Bean Chilli

black bean chilli

We are real chilli fiends in this house, even 10-month old Rory loves a good bowlful of hot chilli and rice (I do make his a bit milder by adding creme fraiche!). Thing is, I always make chilli with beef mince and I always use the same old (but very good nevertheless) recipe. Fancying a bit of change, I devised this smokey vegetarian chilli using black beans and kidney beans as the base.

It freezes really well, so I tend to make up a big batch at the weekend and freeze in individual portions, ready to pull out of the freezer for a tasty mid-week meal. Rice is the obvious partner, but cornbread would also be good.


| Serves: 4  | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes |


  • 3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 2 Red Onions, chopped
  • 1 TBSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1 TBSP Mild Chilli Powder
  • 3 TBSP Ground Cumin
  • 3 TBSP Cider Vinegar
  • 2 x 400g tins of Chopped Tomatoes
  • Heaped tsp of light muscavado sugar
  • 1 x 400g tin of Black Beans
  • 1 x 400g tin of Kidney Beans
  • Grated Cheddar and Creme Fraiche to serve


  • Step 1: In a large pan heat some oil and fry garlic and onions for 5 minutes. Add the paprika, chilli powder and cumin and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the vinegar, tomatoes and sugar along with some salt and pepper, cook for 10 minutes.
  • Step 2: Pour in the beans and cook for a further 10 minutes, serve with grated cheese and creme fraiche.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 14th September 2010 |


  1. Like you, I always used to make chilli with beef mince and kidney beans, but recently found a brilliant recipe using cubed lamb, beer and black beans. I don't think my family would tolerate a vegetarian version, however good it looked!

  2. It is certainly getting into "chili" weather...pun intended:D

  3. We adore chili in our house too & I'm so happy it's almost chili season.

  4. sounds delish. I always use the chilli recipe from BBCGoodFood, but this sounds worth a try. Love the new bits on your site by the way. Lucie x

  5. Chilli is one of my favourite dishes, especially in the winter. This recipe loks really good, I particularly like the idea of adding smoked paprika, I'm sure that gives it a wonderful flavour.

  6. I love chilli too and always use the same recipe. This veggie version looks delish!



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