Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

The Superbowl is upon us and all this week, everyday we are celebrating by making sure you have great new recipes. Seriously, in our house the Superbowl is as epic as Santa arriving down the chimney. We plan the menu for weeks and eat leftovers as long as the Superbowl commercial reruns play.

vegetarian chili

This year, the first course for the Superbowl is chili. This vegetarian black bean chili comes from Melissa of Fried Ice and Donut Holes. As part of the Secret Recipe Club, I’m surprising Melissa this month by featuring one of her fabulous recipes.

If you love this recipe, you should try some of the other delicious recipes from her archive. Some that caught our eye:

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries with Sriracha Lime Mayo

Eggnog Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

vegetarian chili

Grab your spoon and dig in. This homemade chili recipe is a must have for the Superbowl!

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili


  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp chili powder (use two for a spicier chili)
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, tortilla strips for topping


  1. Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or pan over medium heat.
  2. To the pan, add the onions, peppers and garlic and cook until tender, approximately 8-10 minutes. Once tender, add the chili powder, oregano, cayenne and cumin, stirring to combine. Continue cooking for approximately two minutes more.
  3. Add the black beans, sauce and water, stirring to combine. Bring the entire mixture to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat to medium low and allow the mixture to continue cooking for approximately fifteen minutes.
  4. Turn heat off, remove chili from heat and ladle into bowls for serving. Top with shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream and tortilla strips if desired.

If you enjoy this recipe, try some of the other recipes from this month’s Secret Recipe Club:

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  1. I’ve been looking for a good vegetarian chili recipe!

  2. This chili looks SO good – we’re planning to make chili for Superbowl Sunday, too! =)

  3. I love how hearty chili is… you don’t even need meat to make it a great, satisfying meal! Sounds delicious! Great SRC pick!

  4. I’m always on the lookout for a great chili, and this version looks like a winner! Great SRC selection!

  5. I’ve never had a meat-less chili, but would not mind trying your version at all! Seems decadent and very flavorful… perfect to watch the big game, or a nice movie, why not? 😉

  6. Yum! I can’t wait to try this over the weekend!

  7. Never ate a vegetarian chili, but what a neat idea! Must try it in the winter, it’s so hot here right now!

  8. So glad you liked the chili! It is perfect for this upcoming weekend, both for the Super Bowl AND because it has been so cold!!

  9. This would be perfect for warming up on a cold winter’s night….love that it is full of veggies and beans! Great SRC pick!

  10. Great SRC pick~ Perfect time for a bowl of chili~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  11. Perfect chili recipe for the weather we have been having. Great pick!

  12. Perfect Super Bowl meal!!! I want to do a vegetarian chili too, and now I have a great recipe. Thanks so much – great SRC pick!!

  13. I’ve never eaten a meatless chili before, but your recipe sure looks good and flavorful. Great job this month! 🙂

  14. What is the Super Bowl without chili, right? This sounds really good!

  15. Yum! This looks amazing!! Great choice. We love chili.

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