Fast and Easy Black Bean Chili Recipe

This fast and easy black bean chili is the perfect comfort food since it comes together in about 30 minutes and tastes like you spent all day cooking.

Using a couple of secret hacks and canned black beans makes this a healthy and tasty meal you can make any night of the week.





Fast and Easy Black Bean Chili

Course: BBQ, Chili, entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Alaskan, American, Chili, Fresh-Mex, Mexican, New Mexican, seafood, Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 687 kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio

Chili is one of my top comfort foods. Perfect for either summer or winter.  Spicy, creamy goodness. 

I love to spend hours making a complex flavored pot of chili, but sometimes I just want a quick and easy chili to toss over hot dogs or to make a super easy supper by adding leftover rotisserie chicken.

This 30-minute chili is super easy to make and perfect for getting a hearty meal on the table any night of the week.  



  • 15 oz can of black beans drained
  • 2 T diced sweet onion
  • 1 T fresh garlic chopped finely
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 15 oz diced Roma tomatoes
  • 15.25 oz sweet yellow corn canned
  • 1 t cayenne pepper use more or less based on the level of heat desired
  • 2 T ancho chili powder
  • 1 T chipotle
  • Sea salt and organic black pepper fresh ground to taste
  • 1/2 cup 2 oz. low-fat Mexican cheese blend, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2 T chopped cilantro optional
  • 1 ripe Haas Avocado diced
  • 1 small red onion diced


  1. Sauté onions over medium heat until softened and translucent.
  2. Sauté garlic over medium-low heat until just beginning to change color: do not allow it to burn.
  3. Add beans, corn, and tomato to saucepan; stir in salmon, cayenne, ancho chili powder, chipotle, onions, and garlic.

  4. Simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Divide chili among four bowls.
  7. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese, 1 tablespoon sour cream, diced avocado, diced red onion and 1/2 tablespoon cilantro.

Recipe Notes



Chili Additions:

It's easy to add leftover veggies, chicken, roast pork or even leftover steak to customize your chili.

Since this is a quick cooking chili it's best to use precooked meat and vegetables or quick cooking veggies.  Add meat about 5 minutes before the chili is done to just warm the meat, but not overcook it and make it tough.


Nutrition Facts
Fast and Easy Black Bean Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 687 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 221mg10%
Potassium 2465mg70%
Carbohydrates 106g35%
Fiber 26g108%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 2835IU57%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 297mg30%
Iron 7.3mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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