Everyday Meals

Vegetarian Chili with Black Beans


  • 3 (15 ounce) cans black beans
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Drain black beans, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Set aside.


  • Step 2

    Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic; saute until onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Add reserved black beans, 1/2 cup bean liquid, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend and chili thickens, about 15 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle chili into bowls to serve.

  • Cook's Note:

    For a chunkier dish, use crushed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce.

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