Black Bean Chili

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Black Bean Chili - The Questionable Homesteader

I really like Chili, especially when the weather is chilly, and lately it’s been cold. Well OK not winter cold (well almost) but cold. We had a really great week a couple of weeks ago where it was getting up to between 10 & 15 C (that’s 50 to 60 F) it was lovely. I started cleaning up the garden for spring planting, even considered putting some of my seeds in, putting the winter gear away, my neighbors even took their winter tires off, and then it snowed. 🙁 

Granted the snow didn’t stay long, but for some reason I just couldn’t get warm again. I was curling up in front of the fire with my thick wool socks, a big comfy blanket, and a steaming mug of tea, and I was still cold. 

I figured chili would help, only I’m taking a 4 month sabbatical from meat, so my regular recipe was out, which sent me hunting for a new recipe that didn’t call for meat, would still provide me with the protein I need, taste good, and be low on calories (I’ve recently discovered vegetarian doesn’t always mean healthy). 

After much searching I finally found one from put out by Weight Watcher’s several years ago in their Versatile Vegetarian cook book. It wasn’t everything that I wanted, but it was close enough that I could work with it. 

Here’s my revised version of their recipe. 

Black Bean Chili
Serves 4
A great way to warm up on a cold day
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 15 min
373 calories
71 g
7 g
5 g
16 g
2 g
440 g
338 g
12 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 7mg
Sodium 338mg
Total Carbohydrates 71g
Dietary Fiber 16g
Sugars 12g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/4 cup Soybeans
  2. 1 Onions, diced
  3. 1 Green Pepper, seeded and diced
  4. 3 Carrots, diced
  5. 2 Parsnips, diced
  6. 15 Oz Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  7. 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  8. 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  9. 3 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  10. 1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin
  11. 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  12. 1/8 Tsp Ground Cloves
  13. 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  14. 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  15. 28 Oz. Can Chopped Tomatoes
  16. 1/2 cup Rice
  17. 1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese
  1. Combine all ingredients (except the rice and cheddar cheese) in crock pot.
  2. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours
  3. Add Rice to crock pot
  4. Cook on high for another hour
  5. Serve with cheese sprinkled on top
Adapted from Weight Watchers Versatile Vegetarian
Adapted from Weight Watchers Versatile Vegetarian
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2 thoughts on “Black Bean Chili

  1. This sounds very filling and good. Thank you for sharing it and your goals at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely weekend! ~Deborah

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