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Beef chili with black beans

Last week has been really busy for me, where my job combined with the fact that we had friends visiting and staying with us for several days created such a shortage of time, that I am extremely grateful that there exist easy one-pot dishes, such as this ground beef chili with black beans.

While I was cooking all the time for our guests, starting at breakfast and ending with dinner, I unsurprisingly was able to capture none of the delicious recipes I made over the course of last week. Instead, I am presenting you with this simple bowl of beef chili and black beans, which is a perfect dish if you’re tired and out of energy (which is how I feel this week) and want something simple, comforting and delicious. This recipe has a minimum of steps and zero complexity. Just throw ingredients in one pot, let it simmer, occasionally stirring, and you end up with a pure deliciousness.

Beef chili with black beans

Beef chili with black beans


Prep time: 2 hours

Makes 7 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2-3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 28 oz can canned whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can black beans
  • salt to taste


  • grated cheddar cheese
  • green onions
  • sour cream

1) Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet, add ground beef and cook until browned and all juices came out on medium heat covered – about 10-15 minutes. Drain from grease and juices.

2) In a large pan, heat olive oil on medium heat, add onions and garlic, cook for about 3 minutes, add carrot and continue cooking for 2 more minutes, stirring.

3) Add cumin, paprika, chili powder, Italian seasoning to the onion mixture and continue cooking, stirring, to mix everything well. Add cooked and drained ground beef from step 1.

4) Add canned tomatoes with juices, slicing tomatoes into small chunks before adding. Add beef broth. Bring mixture to boil and cook covered on low heat, simmering, for 1 hour.

5) After 1 hour, add black beans, salt and continue cooking for 20 more minutes, covered.

6) To serve, top with grated cheddar cheese, chopped green onions and sour cream.

Beef chili with black beans



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  • Denise [email protected] Brazil To You February 6, 2013, 6:35 am

    Looooooove it!!!! Julia, did you know that Brazilians are bean eaters? I like your idea to use black beans instead of the traditional pinto beans in your chili recipe. Like the pics as well. You always do a great job!!!!!!!!!! xx

  • Monique February 6, 2013, 6:46 am

    I’ve never tried w/ black beans..Good idea..we had some this week also..

  • Ashley February 6, 2013, 11:38 am

    Love how simple this is – it’s so nice to have meals like this when life is crazy! I just had some leftover chili that I froze for lunch this week too : )

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 7, 2013, 10:50 am

    You have no idea how I want a bowl of this with a side of cornbread!

  • Marina of Let the Baking Begin! February 26, 2013, 1:21 am

    This is right up my alley! I love beans! Thanks for the recipe!

  • JoAnn December 22, 2013, 6:52 pm

    Substituted: Costco smoked pulled pork, used black, pinto, butter beans & black eyed peas. 1 c carrots, fresh tomatoes. Smoked paprika. Wonderful… Loved it

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:58 pm

      Wow, JoAnn, your combination of ingredients sounds better than mine! 🙂 I need to try your version!

  • Candace Tufo December 25, 2013, 2:04 pm

    This was wonderful, made it yesterday. Everyone loved it! Thanks so much. I replaced the beef with buffalo! The black beans were great.

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 2:42 pm

      Candace, so glad you liked it! Buffalo sounds so exotic – never had it! I bet it was so good in a chili! 🙂

  • Roxanne October 28, 2015, 8:06 pm

    My Family really enjoyed this simple, but great tasting Chili. I have made other recipes that are also excellent, but definitely more complicated. This is the kind of Chili recipe that everyone loves and has just the right amount of heat, even for the kids. This recipe will be on my menu monthly schedule. Thanks Julia!

  • Anna December 9, 2015, 2:58 pm

    This chili is so yummy!!!!

  • Anthony Bullock January 30, 2017, 6:56 pm

    I love this chili. I searched the Internet for healthier options and found yours. According to myfitnesspal yours totals 208 calories per serving! Without the sour cream and cheese of course. Still with out this recipe tastes amazing. Even my liked it and she is not a chili fan.

    • Julia January 30, 2017, 11:13 pm

      Hi Anthony – so glad you liked the recipe and impressed you have the willpower to eat it without the cheese. 🙂

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