ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Black Bean Chili

Updated on June 20, 2014

Not Your Grandmother's Chili

The word chili brings to mind the simple ingredients of ground beef and kidney beans but this simple and hearty recipe has evolved over the years to include the unexpected.

Here is an updated meatless version of an old favorite with lots of vitamins, flavor and texture. Serve it up with a whole wheat roll or biscuit and a serving of your favorite fruit.

Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash

The Recipe

With the cold nights sneaking up on us there is nothing more satisfying than a spicy bowl of chili to warm the insides.


2 tsp olive oil

2 cups onions, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 a butternut squash, peeled/chopped

2 tbsp chilli powder

2 tsp ground cumin

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained

2 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 can diced tomatoes

3 cups green chard, chopped


Saute the onions and garlic in the oil for about eight minutes.

While onions are cooking slice the butternut squash lengthwise down the middle and scoop out the innards for compost -- I find the easiest way to peel it is to slice the half I'm using for the chili into about eight long slices. Then peel each of those separately. The hard skin of the squash makes it too hard to peel it as one piece. Chop the slices of squash into 1/2" pieces and add to onions. Let the squash absorb some of the onion flavour for a few minutes or more. Generally, I slice up and peel the other half of the squash and store it in an air tight container for use later in the week as a side dish or if it is exceptionally large, soup.

Sprinkle the chilli powder and cumin over the squash and onions, stir until blended. Add the rinsed and drained black beans followed by the broth and the tomatoes (don't drain tomatoes). Bring to boil.

Reduce the temperature and let chili simmer uncovered until squash is tender. Depending on how firm the squash is this can take anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes.

If you have family members who would object to having greens in their chilli you can serve the chili at this point or you can chop up three cups of green Swiss chard being sure to remove the bitter white center vein before chopping and add these incredibly nutritious greens to the chili. Let cook until soft but not until it disintegrates.

This black bean chili recipe makes about eight to ten large bowls of chili. It freezes and reheats really well in individual size containers.

Have You Tried Black Beans in Chili?

Before you move down to the recipe take a few seconds to let use know how you feel about black beans in your chilli.

Have You Tried Black Beans in Chili?

See results

Romantic Food Movies - Five of My Favorites!

Leave some warm fuzzies to go with my Black Bean Chili lens.

You can rate this lens via the stars in the header.

Thank you for visiting!

Hello Black Bean Lovers!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • mariaamoroso profile image


      7 years ago from Sweden

      Sounds interesting to try! Thanks

    • corinnemwestphal profile image


      7 years ago

      I have my own version of veggie chili, but love the idea of using butternut squash! I'll definitely give this a try! Thanks for sharing this.

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This sounds really good and a change from your regular chili.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)