Smoky Black Bean Chili Recipe
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5 from 6 votes

Smoky Black Bean Chili Recipe

Smoky and sweet, satisfying and delicious, this Smoky Black Bean Chili makes a great weeknight dinner. It can also be made in the slow cooker. It freezes well.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course, Soups
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin


  • 1 cup dried black beans*
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 pound ground beef, turkey, or chicken (optional)**
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large bell pepper, red or green, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 cup frozen corn (optional)
  • cilantro, as topping
  • scallions, as topping
  • shredded cheese, as topping
  • sour cream, as topping


  • Soak black beans overnight, covered with water. Drain.
  • If using ground beef, heat a soup pot over medium-high heat, and add olive oil when hot. Add ground beef, and cook, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Once beef is no longer pink, turn down heat to medium and add onion, bell pepper, garlic, spices, and another 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add soaked and drained black beans, water, and another 1/2 teaspoons salt. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, turn heat to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 50-60 minutes, until black beans are soft. If chili starts to stick, add a little bit more water.
  • When beans are soft, add tomatoes and corn, if using, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Taste and adjust salt. Serve and garnish with your favorite toppings. 


*Canned black beans may be used in place of dry, use 2 15-oz. cans.
**If not using meat, substitute 1-2 cups frozen or fresh corn, or more beans.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 818mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 32.6% | Vitamin C: 45.1% | Calcium: 7.1% | Iron: 20.5%