Its that time of year again! Its time for soups, stews and chilies to keep warm and cozy as the temperature starts to dip. I love making big batches of chili and freezing it in individual sized Tupperware containers so I can have a warm meal quickly when Im low on time. And this black bean chili is one of my favorites!
Using dry black beans makes all the difference in this spicy vegetarian chili, and the best part is that theres no long soaking time needed. Literally, just throw everything in the pot and let it cook the day away and youll have a comforting bowl of chili for dinner.
Personally, I love the spice so I load up on the chili powder and peppers in this recipe. If you prefer a milder chili, add a little less to suit your tastebuds. Remember, this recipe is coming from a girl thats been known to carry hot sauce around in her purse.
Spicy Black Bean Chili
- 8 oz dried black beans
- 2 14.5 oz cans diced fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large yellow onion, minced
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, roughly chopped
- Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot (dutch oven work great) over medium high heat. When hot, add the onion and sauté until lightly golden—about 6-8 minutes. Stir frequently!
- After the onion has started to caramelize, add the minced garlic and continue to cook for another 30 seconds. Then, add the chili powder, cumin and salt and mix well. Add the two cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes, the water, the dried beans and the chipotle peppers. Bring to a boil then slightly cover (leave about ½ inch open) and simmer for three hours. Season with additional salt to taste.
- Serve chili with grated cheese and sour cream.
Yield: 4 servings
Jenna Weber is half of the Fresh Tastes blog team. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2008 and, since then, has worked as a pastry chef, bread baker and freelance food editor. Currently, Jenna blogs full-time on EatLiveRun.com where her delicious daily recipes and quirky culinary musings appeal to thousands. She lives in Northern California and, when not in the kitchen, can usually be found on her yoga mat.