Southwestern Black Bean & Corn Chili

I've mentioned before that while I enjoy cooking, I'm not someone who will go into a recipe book and spend hours putting a meal together. I like quick and simple (and healthy... usually)!

The other night I was really in the mood to cook and after finding this chili recipe I knew I had to try it. It was relatively quick, easy, delicious and there is nothing more perfect on a cold winter night then a warm chili.

I thought I would share this recipe with you in case you were looking for a dinner idea for this weekend. Enjoy!

Southwestern Black Bean & Corn Chili

2 tablespoons (30mL) of any vegetable oil
2 large onions, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 chipotle pepper, packed in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon (15mL) of chili powder
1 tablespoon (15mL) of ground cumin
1 tablespoon (15mL) of dried oregano
One 28 oz (796mL) can of whole tomatoes
Two 16 oz cans (475mL) of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups (500 mL) of frozen corn
A sprinkle or two of sea salt
4 green onions, thinly sliced
A bunch of chopped cilantro

Splash the oil into a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrot, bell peppers and garlic. Saute until the onions are golden and the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes.

Add the chipotle pepper, chili, cumin and oregano. Continue cooking, stirring constantly for a few minutes longer.

Add the tomatoes, black beans, corn and salt and bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat so it’s just high enough to maintain a simmer. Continue cooking without a lid, stirring frequently, until the flavours are blended and chili thickens, about 30 minutes.

Taste and add some more salt if you like. Just before serving, stir in the green onions and cilantro.

(For those of you who are health conscious, sorry there were no calories to report. However, the ingredients are really healthy so as long as you control the portion I'm sure this chili will fit into any diet!)

Recipe found in this cookbook or online here.


  1. That looks soooo good! I want some! I have been drawn to no-meat recipes as of late (for no real reason) so I definitely want to give this a tree! I make a mean chili myself, but just your regular everyday meaty chili! This looks delish! Thanks Mike!

  2. omg, that chilli looks amazing!!! would love to try that!

  3. oooo, it looks delicious!! my Bf is more the chef than I am.... but i'm really good at eating what he makes so, i think i should get an award too!

  4. Lucky you! I think I need to show this to Morne... as much as I love him, that boy couldn't cook to save himself and he needs some practice!! AND this sounds amazing.

  5. I didn't want to eat this because of calorie counting but am justifying making this due to your comment that it is made from all healthy food. That makes sense, right??
    Looks delish!

  6. That looks yummy! I should try to make it:)

  7. Thanks for sharing the recipe it looks absolutely yummy :)

  8. cute blog!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh yay -- it's vegetarian! Thanks for the recipe :)

    My boyfriend isn't big on cooking. Take-out, anyone?

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  10. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm...I think I wanna make this tomorrow.
    Thank you!!


  11. This sounds like a really good vegetarian chili! Yum. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. Totally going to make this on Thursday, thanks for the recipe Melissa and for all your hard work making the chili ;)

  13. I love pulling out recipe books and finding new recipe to try out. I think that's the essence of being a personal chef...trying new things and expanding on your menu options for your clients.

    That chili sure sounds yummy! I think I'll give it a try!!

  14. Yum, yum! What a great protein-filled, meat-free dinner. Thanks for sharing. ;)


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