Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

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This delicious Vegetarian Black Bean Chili is full of flavor and is just the thing when you’re looking for an easy meatless meal.

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

I love chili of all kinds, and enjoy making and eating chilies year round. I’ve shared some of my family’s favorite chilies, including Slow Cooker Guinness Steak and Black Bean Chili, Turkey Chili with White Beans, Crock Pot Chicken & Corn Chili and Slow Cooker Pork Chili Verde.

Today, I’m sharing another favorite, this delicious Vegetarian Black Bean Chili. I love that it is a vegetarian option, it is even suitable for vegans — just substitute or omit the optional shredded cheese and sour cream toppings. And, this Vegetarian Black Bean Chili is so flavorful and satisfying, even meat lovers won’t miss the meat, I promise!

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

The first time I was making this Vegetarian Black Bean Chili, years ago, my husband asked what was in it. I told him, and he gave me a skeptical look, meaning “Where’s the meat?” But after just one bite, he was sold, this chili is so flavorful and delicious, you don’t miss the meat. I now make this on a regular basis and my husband will now ask “Is that my favorite black bean chili?” Yes, it is!

Now for a brief aside about the weather — Last week we actually had some spring like weather here in Massachusetts, meaning temperatures in the low 50s°F, and I got all excited and shared a spring time recipe for Crock Pot Curried Carrot Soup.

This week, the cold temperatures are back, and right now as I’m typing this, it is hailing! Yes, little pellets of ice are pouring from the sky and I can watch them bounce off my front steps. That’s spring time in New England for you – anything can happen! So, this is perfect weather for a nice warm bowl of chili. However, this flavorful Vegetarian Black Bean Chili is wonderful anytime of year, I make it in the summer, I make it in the winter, anytime I want a delicious meatless meal.

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

This delicious Vegetarian Black Bean Chili is wonderful on it’s own, I also like it topped with some shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of green onions. Baked sweet potatoes and a green salad are also wonderful accompaniments.

Do you have a favorite chili? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Vegetarian Black Bean Chili


  1. Just wondering how “hot” this is with 2 tbsp of chilli powder? It seems a lot – should it read 2 tsp ?

    • Hi Margaret, 2 tablespoons of chili powder is correct. This chili does have a nice kick to it, I like to top if with shredded cheese and sour cream to balance out the heat. If you prefer a milder chili, then you could start with adding just 2 teaspoons of chili powder, allow the flavors to develop and then add more if you like. I hope you give the recipe a try and enjoy!

  2. That looks super Delish Joy!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love having you!! Pinned!!

  3. We will just love your Vegetarian Black Bean Chili, looks like it has great flavor. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I love chili any time of the year and I especially like that it’s vegetarian just so we can get a break from meat every once in awhile. Great recipe

  5. I’ve never had black bean chili and my family is not too crazy about beans, but this looks delish.

    A trick I discovered to help chili look meaty (and less “beany”) is to blend up about one third of the beans and return them to the chili pot. Yup, I’m a sneaky Mom!

  6. This sounds delicious Joy! We love chili in our home too. I’ll have to give this meatless version a try and see what the family thinks. We are all trying to eat a bit healthier so this would be a great recipe to start with. I also live in Massachusetts so I hear you on the crazy New England weather! Now they say will be in the 60’s nearing 70 next week! Bring it on!

  7. This looks great Joy – it’s getting cold here and I’ve been making loads of soups to warm us up. This chili looks perfect – black beans are a great substitute for meat 🙂

  8. Oh yum! All the delicious spices I love are here and it sure looks delicious and great for a gloomy weather – will surely bring a smile to my face. 🙂

  9. I love black beans! For me the easiest way to get beans into dishes. This is great. Plus this reminded me that I totally want to try the pork verde chili too

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