Hearty Black Bean Chili


Your traditionally meaty dish made for a Meatless Monday Night, this hearty chili is packed with protein from both beans and quinoa. Chili powder and cumin add familiar fall flavors while a touch of cashew milk rounds out the taste with a hint of creaminess. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Silk® and was created by celebrity chef Candice Kumai.

Serves 6

For more chili recipes, check out our Meatless Monday Chili Cookbook.

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium green, yellow, orange or red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1/4 cup cashew milk (such as Silk® Original Cashewmilk)
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 3/4 cups vegetable stock

To top the Chili (all optional):

  • Whole cilantro leaves or parsley, rinsed and patted dry
  • 6 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced on a diagonal, for garnish

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and pepper, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, bay leaf, and salt. Cook, stirring often, until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice, stir, and reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes until thick.

Add cashew milk, beans, quinoa, and stock, and cook for 20 minutes. Taste and add more salt or pepper as needed. Serve topped with cilantro and scallions, if desired.

Image courtesy of Candice Kumai, television personality and author of the book “Clean Green Eats.”

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Nutrition Information

Hearty Black Bean Chili

Servings per Recipe: 6

Amount per Serving

Calories:  378

Calories from Fat:  

Total Fat:  6g

Saturated Fat:  1g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  300mg

Potassium:  1164mg

Carbohydrates:  62.9g

Dietary Fiber:  18.2g

Protein:  19.1g

Sugars:  5.5g

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