This beef and black bean chili recipe is quick, easy, and the whole family will love it. 

Easy Black Bean Chili

This easy black bean chili recipe is fast and delicious! Load it up with your favorite toppings for a delicious family meal that makes great leftovers.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Natasha Bull


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 (15 fluid ounce) cans black beans drained
  • 1 (28 fluid ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 (4 fluid ounce) can mild green chilis with juices
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Toppings (optional, to taste):

  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Avocado chopped
  • Tortilla strips
  • Scallions chopped
  • Tex-Mex cheese blend


  1. In a large pot, add the oil and onion and sauté for 5 minutes.

  2. Add the ground beef and cook it until it's browned, breaking it up with your spoon as you go along. 

  3. Spoon out and discard the excess beef fat.

  4. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika. 

  5. Add the beans, diced tomatoes, chilis, red pepper, and beef broth. Give it a good stir. 

  6. Increase the heat and bring the chili to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat so it's nicely simmering for 15 minutes or so, giving it the occasional stir. You can definitely simmer it longer, but I recommend at least 15 minutes.

  7. Season with salt & pepper as needed. Serve and top bowls as desired. 

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