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Spicy Black Bean Chili

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients, this is truly the best black bean chili you will ever taste— a five star recipe!


  • 2 1/4 cups black beans, dried, uncooked
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 6 Tbs tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 2 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper, (red or green), chopped
  • 1 whole jalapeno chile pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 Tbs garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt (sea salt if on a corn-free diet*)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 Tbs cilantro leaves, chopped


  • Wash beans and place in a large pot, cover with water and soak overnight.
  • Drain beans and place in a large soup pot. Add 8 cups (1.9L) water to beans and heat to a boil. Simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until beans are almost cooked.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except cilantro. Continue cooking for 30 minutes than add cilantro.
  • Simmer for another 30–45 minutes until beans are soft.
  • Top with light sour cream or yogurt, if desired. Leftovers freeze well.

* Allergy notes: People following a corn-free diet should avoid iodized salt since it contains dextrose, which should be avoided by those allergic to corn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 118
  Calories from Fat 6 (5%)
(1%)Total Fat 1g
(1%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(35%)Sodium 850mg
(19%)Potassium 651mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
(28%)Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 6g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(13%)Protein 6g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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