1-Pot Chipotle Black Bean Chili

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Adding cashew cream to a bowl of chipotle black bean chili

Chilly weather calls for chili. We don’t make the rules! This black bean chili has all the hearty satisfaction you know and love about chili, with a new smoky chipotle twist. YUM.

This fiber-packed dish is the perfect plant-based meal for cooler days, or any time you’re craving a warm bowl of nourishment! Just 1 pot and 30 minutes required! 

Fire roasted diced tomatoes, red onion, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, red bell pepper, black beans, spices, garlic, oil, and vegetable broth

This hearty, 1-pot black bean chili begins with a naturally sweet and savory base of sautéed onion, bell pepper, and garlic.

Sautéing onion, bell pepper, garlic, and spices in a Dutch oven

Then we add cumin, smoked paprika, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for serious smokiness and flavor. Salt enhances it all.

Pouring vegetable broth into a Dutch oven over other ingredients

Next come canned black beans to make this super easy and weeknight-friendly, but you could also make a batch of homemade beans in the Instant Pot and then use them in this recipe. After a quick simmer to infuse the beans with flavor, dinner is served!

Bowls and Dutch oven of chipotle black bean chili next to toppings

We hope you LOVE this chipotle black bean chili! It’s:

Hearty
Nourishing
Smoky
Satisfying
Subtly spicy
& Perfect for chilly (chili 😉) weather!

We love it as an easy weeknight meal, freezer staple, and delicious way to meet fiber goals (20+ grams fiber per serving!).

This chili is delicious on its own, in our Smoky Black Bean & Quinoa Chili Bowl, or topped with cashew cream (or jalapeño cashew sauce) for cheesiness, tortilla chips or strips for crunch, diced avocado for richness, and cilantro for freshness.

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Tortilla strips and lime wedges next to bowls of chipotle black bean soup with toppings

1-Pot Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Smoky chipotle black bean chili made in 1 pot! The ultimate cold weather plant-based meal that’s warming, satisfying, and ready in just 30 minutes!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Overhead shot of a bowl of black bean chili with toppings
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 (~1 ¼ cup servings)
Course Entree, Soup
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp avocado or olive oil (if oil-free, sub twice the amount of water)
  • 1 medium onion, diced (any color // 1 onion yields ~2 cups or 250 g)
  • 1 large red or orange bell pepper, diced (1 bell pepper yields ~1 ¼ cups or 165 g)
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or store-bought // or sub water)
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 Tbsp adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo // plus more to taste)
  • 4 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained (or sub ~6 cups homemade beans)

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add the oil, onion, and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, and salt, and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add the broth (or water), tomatoes, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and drained black beans and stir well. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat slightly and allow to cook uncovered at a gentle boil for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  • Taste and adjust as needed, adding more salt for overall flavor, adobo sauce for smokiness, or chopped chipotle peppers for heat.
  • Serve warm topped with cashew cream (or jalapeño cashew sauce), tortilla chips or strips (see notes), diced avocado, and/or cilantro (all optional). It's also amazing in our Smoky Black Bean & Quinoa Chili Bowl.
  • Store leftovers separately in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The soup will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Notes

*To make tortilla strips, use this method but leave out the spices and nutritional yeast.
*For a creamier texture, you can purée the soup partially with an immersion blender, or transfer half of the soup to a blender and purée until smooth.
*Loosely adapted from our Easy 1-Pot Black Bean Soup and Smoky BBQ Bean Tacos.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 315 Carbohydrates: 55 g Protein: 16.2 g Fat: 3.9 g Saturated Fat: 0.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.1 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 523 mg Potassium: 973 mg Fiber: 20.4 g Sugar: 5.7 g Vitamin A: 136 IU Vitamin C: 40.8 mg Calcium: 162 mg Iron: 5 mg

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  1. Kelly Goedicke says

    Have you tried making this with Tofu instead of cashew cream (the Creamy Cashew Jalepeno Sauce)? I’m allergic to cashews :'(

    I do love all your recipes that I’ve tried (so do my 5 children – ages 9 to 20! and husband too)

    This one is for tomorrow! My black beans are soaking now.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kelly! You might be able to substitute silken tofu for the cashew jalapeño sauce. We haven’t tried it but it should work. Thanks so much for the support! We hope you enjoy. xo

  2. Nicole says

    I found the chili nice and very easy to make but not too exciting on its own, although it’d make a great base to get jazzed up with lots of yummy toppings and sauces like in the photos. I opted to halve the recipe, make it in a cast iron skillet and use it as the filling in the Cornbread & Black Bean Enchilada Bake, which was a fantastic combo.

  3. Suee33 says

    Made this tonight, I used canned black beans, I was a tad lazy tonight. Homemade beans in the Insta- pot fresh ones are the best. I can do that next time, if I choose.
    This was delicious, used chipotle chile powder instead of canned, my can had expired and I feel it was excellent, not too spicy hot.
    Used vegan sour cream instead of the other recipes – I ate so many small bowls, ha I also cooked in the Inst-pot for 6 minutes. Worked very well and so easy.
    Thank you.

      • Suee33 says

        Hey, I ate it again tonight and I think I have to agree with my husband, this is maybe the BEST bean recipe ever. It is so well balanced in flavors and heat, I used the dry spice, check notes. I went to add the red pepper when assembling the recipe and … someone had eaten all of the red pepper that I was counting on, so that ingredient was not even in it. But this is a real keeper. Thanks again.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Whoop! We’re so glad you and your husband are still enjoying it. Thank you for sharing! xo

  4. linda says

    Perfect chili recipe. love the smoky flavors and was super easy to make. I used a combo of black beans and chili beans and wouldn’t change a thing. will definitely make again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lara, we don’t find this overly spicy, but it definitely has some heat. You can always use less of the chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to make it more kid friendly! Hope this helps.

  5. Danielle says

    So much flavour! I received this recipe in my inbox today and made it instantly. I’ve been in a meal rut with dinner lately and this was just what I needed. I added some extra spices and corn and can’t wait to customize even more next time I make it. I’m thinking of adding some kidney beans and some extra veg like spinach and carrots. These will also make amazing burritos and nachos. Such a great recipe!