First Published: September 9, 2014… Last Updated: October 22, 2019
Black Bean Chili made with Ground Beef and Chipotle is a spicy-sweet and smoky chili recipe that will warm you up on those chilly days! This easy to make recipe is ready in just 35 minutes, full of comfort, and easy to adapt to your own taste.
This chili recipe is perfect for those nights when you want dinner fast and don’t want to have to do too much work to get it there. Black Bean Chili is perfect in a bowl with a sweet corn muffin on the side. It is also a great recipe to make and keep warm in a crock for game day parties, or serve it over top of hotdogs for a Chili Dog!
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A warming comfort food chili recipe
I was never a huge fan of chili until my later years and now I love it so much I will order it when eating out! My favorite kind of chili will have the best of ingredients. Beef, black beans, peppers, onions, and garlic to name a few. The spicy chipotle and brown sugar combo is a perfect blend of sweet heat.
I love to make this recipe when its cold outside and want to stay warm! It is a great meal to warm up to after spending time outside in the chilly air. It brings me back to when I was a child and makes me wonder why on earth I didn’t seem to love chili back then.
Ingredients for Black Bean Chili
The ingredients needed for this recipe are simple and fresh. A couple of shelf-stable pantry items, and plenty of fresh ingredients.
Ground Beef: I like to buy Certified Angus Beef for the best flavor possible.
Onions, Jalapeno and Red Pepper: buy the freshest and best-looking vegetables you can find.
Fresh Garlic Cloves: substitute with jarred minced garlic if you don’t have fresh.
Diced Tomatoes: Substitute a quart jar of home-canned tomatoes if you have those on hand. 1-quart jar is equal to 2 (14.5 ounce) cans of diced tomatoes.
Black Beans: Be sure to rinse the black beans before adding to the chili.
Make this Black Bean Chili your way!
Slow Cooker: if you want to make this in a slow cooker, you probably could. But, you don’t need to. It is literally ready in under 30 minutes and super delicious! You can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge up to a week, or freeze it up to 3 months.
Change the protein: This recipe works great with ground turkey, chicken, or venison.
Ante up the tomatoes: Use crushed tomatoes, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, or tomatoes with green chilies
Top it the way you want it: shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, chopped onion, jalapeno slices, and/or chopped cilantro make great toppings!
Make it keto-friendly: 4 Net Carbs and 417 calories per serving when you remove the beans and increase the ground beef to 2 lbs. Either remove the brown sugar or substitute a keto-friendly brown sugar sweetener.
Chili Toppings: optional but delicious ideas!
The possibilities are endless. You can top this Black Bean Chili with just about anything you wish! Our favorites are cilantro, cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos. I love the homemade salsa topping where Grumpy loves both the salsa and hot sauce!
Setting up a chili bar for game day or any kind of party gathering is great fun also! Set these suggestions below out and let your friends and family have at them! If you have some other suggestions, please leave a comment for me so I can add it to my list of toppings to try.
chopped fresh cilantro
sour cream or greek yogurt
fresh lime juice
crushed nacho tortilla chips or cool ranch tortilla chips
Whenever my mom made chili, she always made cornbread to go with it. I remember putting a piece of cornbread in the bowl and scooping chili out over the top of it. However, Grumpy always ate his chili on top of rice! We also love to serve the scoopable corn chips with this when I don’t have time to make rice or cornbread.
Cauliflower Rice or Regular rice: Fancy either one of these up by tossing it with a little cilantro while it is hot to add another layer of flavor.
Homemade Bread: Sometimes I just like a slice of bread with butter to go with my chili. This Homemade Soft White Bread recipe is the best!
Corn Chips: Buy some scoopable chips. Or, make your own by frying some tortillas in the pan then dust with a little salt and chile powder. Or, spray with cooking spray and bake them in a 350 degree oven until they are lightly browned and crispy.
This is one of the best chili recipes I have ever made. It was so good I literally ate it for breakfast! There is just enough heat to make your mouth happy and a perfect blend of spices.
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Black Bean Chili
Easy to make, this Black Bean Chili recipe is full of beefy goodness and smoky sweet heat! A great comfort food meal to warm you up.
Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.
Welcome! I'm Shelby, author of Grumpy's Honeybunch. I have been sharing family favorite recipes since 2007. I started the Keto Diet in October 2017 and since then I have been creating Keto ... read more
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