Homemade Vegetarian Black Bean Chili Recipe

Vegetarian black bean chili topped with fresh cilantro
Vegetarian black bean chili topped with fresh cilantro; Photo by Phoebe Lapine / Getty Images
Ratings (22)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
541 Calories
12g Fat
85g Carbs
27g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A homemade vegetarian and vegan black bean chili recipe. Using pre-cooked black beans and tomato sauce from a can makes this vegetarian chili recipe super-easy and relatively quick to make. Add some leftover rice, leftover quinoa, or whip up some instant rice and a green salad, and you've got yourself a complete meal.

The recipe calls for everything to be simmered together for twenty minutes. If you're short on time, you can even skimp a bit, and if you have more time, give it a few more minutes to allow all the flavors to more fully develop. 


  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans (undrained)
  • 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Sautee onions and garlic in oil until onions turn clear, about 5 minutes.

  2. Carefully add in the tomato sauce and black beans and reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder and stir to combine well.

  3. Cover and allow to simmer at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season well with salt and pepper.

  4. Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste. 

  5. Enjoy your homemade vegetarian black bean chili!