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Pork, beef, new mexican red chili powder and fire roasted tomatoes all star in this black bean chili. This chili is for lovers of big flavours!
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5 from 4 votes

black bean chili

Black beans, pork, beef and good quality chili powder are the stars of this black bean chili.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black bean chili
Servings: 10
Calories: 405kcal


  • 1 lb dried black beans or 3 15 oz cans of black beans
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large jalapeños finely diced - about 1/4 cup (optional)
  • 1 28 oz plus 1 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes - I like Muir Glen
  • 1-2 Tbsp chipotle puree or minced chipotle in adobo
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt
  • chicken stock as needed to keep the chili from drying out

Dry spice mix

  • 4 Tbsp mild New Mexican Red or other mild good quality chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ancho chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano


  • Cook the black beans if using dried. Drain and rinse the black beans if using canned.
  • Heat the oil in a dutch oven and brown the beef and pork. When browned remove meat to a stainer or colander and drain and reserve the fat.
  • Add 3 Tbsp of the reserved fat into the dutch oven. Sweat the onions and jalapeños if using over low heat until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and cook another minute.
  • Add the dry spice mix and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Don't let it burn. If you cook Indian you'll recognize this as cooking the masala.
  • Return the meat mixture to the dutch oven. Add the tomatoes and stir. Simmer, loosely covered, over low heat for about 45 minutes.
  • Add the beans and cook, loosely covered, for another 60-90 minutes. Add a bit of stock from time to time to keep the chili from drying out.
  • Add salt. The amount will depend on whether you are cooking them from dry (more salt) or canned (less salt). With dry beans it takes a surprising amount of salt so add a tsp at a time until you get to where you like it.
  • Serve garnished with any of pico de gallo, sliced green onions, avacado slices, fried tortilla strips or sour cream. Whatever you feel like really.


Serving: 10servings | Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 1304mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1475IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 5.8mg