Black Bean Chili with Veggies

Score a perfect ten for this super-healthy chili loaded with flavor. The addition of garden veggies to a classic garlicky black bean chili recipe makes it more nourishing and more interesting and tasty as well. We give it two enthusiastic thumbs-up!


4 cups water
1 1/4 cups black beans, presoaked, rinsed, and drained
1 3-inch strip dried kelp
3 cups cauliflower florets
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, thickly sliced
1 1/2 cups sliced onions
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, with their juices
10 sun-dried tomatoes
3 cups zucchini, quartered and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
Sea salt to taste

1. Bring water, beans, and kelp to a boil in a large stockpot. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, fro one hour, or until beans are soft. Add cauliflower and continue to simmer 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender.

2. Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, onions. and cumin and saute 5 minutes, or until the onions begin to soften.

3. Add sautéed onion mixture to the beans, along with both diced and sun-dried tomatoes, and continue simmering for 5 minutes. Add zucchini and simmer another 10 minutes, or until tender.

4. Stir the chili powder, oregano, and salt into the chili, and simmer another 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Serve hot.

Serves 6 to 8.

Adapted from Going Wild in the Kitchen, by Leslie Cerier (Square One, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Leslie Cerier. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Going Wild in the Kitchen, by Leslie Cerier (Square One, 2005).

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Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago


Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago


Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

The best and my favorite part of Chili is the Beans!!! No meat for me. Thanks

Penny B.
.2 years ago

Thank you!

Stephen Lane
Stephen L.3 years ago

There is a bounty in Mexico on the head of anyone who puts beans in chili con carne. Its only 100 pesos, so all you need worry about are the karmic consequences of polluting their national dish.

Lynn C.
Lynn c.3 years ago

One bowl of this and you would have all your necessary nutrients. What a great recipe. I'd add some blue-corn tortillas or corn bread.

Christine Stewart

Yum, thanks for the recipe!

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Annie, another great bean dish. Thanks for posting it.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago


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