This Black Bean Chili Recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight supper. This best chili recipe is full of delicious ingredients and on table in 30 minutes!

This Black Bean Chili is perfect for a weeknight supper. This is one of the best chili recipes and such a favorite because it’s so hearty – and so easy! And it doesn’t have to simmer all day long for it to be delicious! Serve with cornbread and your favorite toppings!

Black Bean Chili Recipe - Black Bean Chili is perfect for a quick-fix weeknight supper. Ready in 30 minutes, this chili is full of ground beef, black beans, and tons of flavor! // addapinch.com

I don’t know about you, but that’s my kind of meal – especially when I’m in a rush during the week!

Don’t get me wrong, I love a slow cook chili that simmers and bubbles on the stove for the afternoon and slow cooker chili is absolutely a favorite.

But, let’s be real.

There are many days that our clock strikes 4 o’clock and I haven’t started anything for supper. These are the days that I love to pull out a recipe like this without missing a beat in flavor and taste. These are just the days for this easy chili recipe!

How to Make Black Bean Chili Recipe

Black Bean Chili Recipe - Black Bean Chili is perfect for a quick-fix weeknight supper. Ready in 30 minutes, this chili is full of ground beef, black beans, and tons of flavor! // addapinch.com

It’s just a smart idea to have a good chili recipe like this one in your arsenal for such nights. Here’s how I make it.

Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Bacon – I love the additional flavor the bacon gives this chili recipe. If you prefer, you can use one tablespoon of olive oil instead of the bacon. The bacon drippings (or olive oil) is used to sauté the onion and garlic to flavor the chili.
  • Onion – You will want to dice your onion to add to the stock pot. As it sautes, it will release incredible flavor!
  • Garlic – I like to chop my garlic for this recipe, but you can use a garlic press as well.
  • Ground Beef – I prefer to use lean ground beef for this recipe so that I do not have to drain away drippings from the ground beef and lose all the flavor that has built up in my stock pot!
  • Worcestershire Sauce – You can also use Coconut Aminos in place of Worcestershire sauce if you prefer.
  • Seasonings – I use classic chili seasonings of ground Cumin, Chili Powder, and Oregano.
  • Crushed Tomatoes – They are the perfect consistency for this hearty chili recipe!
  • Black Beans – I love to drain and rinse my black beans before I add them to my chili. They add so much additional protein and fiber to this chili recipe!
  • Your Favorite Toppings – This is where you totally make it your own! Add sour cream, grated cheese, jalapeños; you name it!

How to Make Weeknight Black Bean Chili

Saute. Add diced bacon (or olive oil, if you prefer) to a heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium heat. Cook until crispy, then add onions and garlic and cook until tender. Add ground beef to brown and cook until done.

Season. Add seasonings, tomatoes, and black beans. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Serve. Serve the cooked chili topped with sour cream and shredded cheese if you desire. I love this chili with some tortilla chips or my Southern Buttermilk Cornbread on the side. Delicious!

How to Store Black Bean Chili

Allow chili to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Rewarm in a saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave.

Can You Freeze Chili?

I love that about this recipe. Allow the chili to cool completely, then store in airtight, freezer-safe container(s). Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To rewarm, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then rewarm in a saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave.

Leftover Makeover Ideas

Frito Chili Pie – Use leftover chili to make this favorite chili pie!

Walking Tacos – Open individual bags of Fritos, add warmed chili and add sour cream and cheese. Perfect for tailgating, Halloween, and get-togethers (or just a fun family meal!)

Stuffed Potatoes – Baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, split open and then top them with this delicious chili. Allow everyone to add their favorite toppings!

Here’s my recipe for Weeknight Black Bean Chili. It’s a keeper!

Easy Black Bean Chili Recipe

4.91 from 30 votes
Black Bean Chili Recipe – Black Bean Chili is perfect for a quick-fix weeknight supper. Ready in 30 minutes, this chili is full of ground beef, black beans, and tons of flavor!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce, or Coconut Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (16-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (16-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • sour cream
  • grated cheddar cheese

Instructions 

  • Saute. Add diced bacon (or olive oil) to a heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium heat. Cook until crispy, then add in onions and garlic and cook until tender. Add ground beef and cook until done.
  • Season. Add seasonings, tomatoes and black beans. Reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve. Serve with sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, or your favorite toppings, if desired.

Notes

Substitute 1 tablespoon olive for the bacon called for in this recipe, if you prefer. 
 
 

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Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 271mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

This Black Bean Chili recipe is perfect for a quick-fix weeknight supper. Ready in 30 minutes, this chili is full of ground beef, black beans, and tons of flavor! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2012.

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88 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have been coming back to this recipe for years it comes together so fast but doesn’t slack on flavor I usually go a little bit heavier on the spices and definitely add some salt to taste. Thank you for the great recipe.

    1. It sounds like you enjoy this chili about as much as my family does. It is always a favorite around my house, too. So glad you love this recipe. Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    This is a VERY good recipe!! It’s very simple, with great flavor! Hubby wanted loaded chili baked potatoes for dinner and this was a hit! Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks, Layton. So glad your hubby loved the chili. I use this chili recipe a lot for loaded baked potatoes, too. xo

  3. This turned out great. I added 1/8 tsp. of cayenne pepper to give it a boost of heat. Also needed to add a little salt to the ground beef as it was browning.

    Thanks for the recipe. 

  4. I loved how quickly this came together, but it didn’t have a lot of flavor. I added a tablespoon each of the spices instead of a teaspoon. I also added in salt, pepper, garlic salt, and taco seasoning. Those additions really helped.

    1. Hi Jessica,
      You can definitely add more spices to suit your individual taste. Thanks!