Quick Stovetop Vegan Black Bean Chilli Recipe

by on October 20, 2013

Low Fat Vegan Chef's Quick Vegan Black Bean Chilli Recipe

This is a really tasty and easy chili that tastes like it’s been simmered for hours, but it’s ready in about 25 minutes! The secret is in using roasted or smoked spices and fire roasted tomatoes that make this vegan black bean chilli so good. My favorite fire roasted tomatoes are made by Muir Glen Organics. You can make this recipe in a slow cooker, but since the majority of the ingredients are already pre cooked there’s no reason to take all day creating this.

When you want a hot meal that’s comfort in a bowl, one pot meals are the way to go. I don’t like to make a big mess in the kitchen every night, so this is one of those recipes that gives me a break from dishes and is very easy to throw together when I’m short on time.

As always you can ensure your canned goods are BPA free by reading the label and choosing brands such as Muir Glen Organics or Eden Organics or making sure your cans do not have a white plastic lining in them as well. Another cost effective option is to simply stew your own tomatoes (and you can roast them in the over after) or cook your own dried beans from scratch. To make my own beans in a snap I use the Easy Bean Cooker and it does all the timing and cooking for me.

Quick Stovetop (Low Fat) Vegan Black Bean Chilli Recipe

Serves 4


1 large onion, diced
6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 15 oz. cans of black beans, drained (or 4 cups fresh cooked beans)
28 oz. can regular or fire roasted crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp roasted cumin
3/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1 tsp sugar or sweetener
3/4 tsp herbamare or salt
fresh ground pepper to taste


1. In a large non stick wok saute the onions for 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper and sauté for 5 more minutes stirring occasionally. Add water if necessary to keep from burning.

2. Add the tomatoes and drained beans and seasonings and heat through for about 15 minutes, until peppers are soft and flavores have melded.

3. Serve with brown rice, baked potatoes, bread or vegetables for a filling meal.


If you want to add more veggies such as carrots or mushrooms you can add them with the onions and sauté them first, if you want to add some corn you can add them with the beans.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jes January 31, 2016 at 5:12 PM

I love love love this recipe! I modified it slightly by exchanging the peppers for corn and I do not use sugar and only a sprinkle of salt. It is so delicious and easy to make! I make it weekly!


2 Fran January 7, 2016 at 10:02 PM

I added Yves veggie ground round to the recipe and it was amazing!!


3 steph January 8, 2015 at 11:03 AM

very nice


4 Matthew Ciuccio January 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Ok, I am going to make this tonight. All of your recipes are great, But, I am going to go wild and crazy and use kidney beans. 🙂 Don’t call the chili police 🙂 Thanks for the continuous great food ideas!


5 Amy January 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I’ve made several variations if this and it always turns out great. I was trying to calculate nutritional value, which seems way too good to be true! “Serves 4” what size are the servings (1.5 cup)? Thanks. Ps I have most. If not all, of the recipe books. They’re a life saver!


6 Ayal October 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Wow that looks tasty. I love the Muir Glen tomatoes too, they are awesome. Thanks for the awesome recipe, can’t wait to try it!


7 Veronica Grace October 31, 2013 at 1:58 PM

You’re welcome!


8 Paula October 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Oh I see you have a print function now, great!


9 Veronica Grace October 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

I have always had a print button, this button has been on for while now. 🙂


10 Jane Smith October 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Made this for supper tonight and it was very good! I added corn. Thank you for you great recipes!


11 Paula October 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

hi — this looks easy and good. Question though –is (Szeged brand) Hungarian Paprika equivalent to smoked paprika? I also have McCormick Fancy Paprika. Not sure about “chipotle” chile powder either … not sure if my rinky dink supermarket carries that. Will have to check health food store or better supermarket. Any info would be helpful.


12 Veronica Grace October 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Smoked paprika will say smoked on it. Either Smoked Sweet Paprika or Smoked Spanish Paprika. McCormick seasonings are sold all over Canada and the USA, you will find them at Walmart and at name brand grocery stores I’ve checked. McCormick makes a Roasted Cumin, Roasted Coriander, Smoked Paprika and a Chipotle Chilli Powder. I have regular versions of those as well but I notice a big flavor difference with the smoked seasonings they enhance the flavour and give it something extra. See if you can find them at Walmart.


13 Melba Preece October 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

The ingredients look good. I am going to try it this winter. Thanks.


14 Margaret October 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Hey Veronica
How do you go about roasting the cumin, and as well, roasting your own tomatoes?
Thank you…and love your recipes.


15 Veronica Grace October 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I just buy roasted cumin and roasted tomatoes for now, but you can roast your own whole spices and grind them, or like i said take canned tomatoes and roast them in the oven to char them a bit. McCormick sells Roasted Cumin in a jar now and I see it everywhere in Canada and the USA at grocery stores. It’s also on Amazon http://amzn.to/SWXSpJ


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