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Black Bean Chili (Dairy-Free & Vegan)

During the chilly months, nothing is quite as satisfying as sitting down to a huge bowl of hearty (vegan) chili! I usually make my chili in large batches and freeze it for nights I am too busy to cook. This chili is so yummy that I like to split it over two meals — the first night we eat it straight up and for the second meal I pour it over chips and make nachos!

*recipe photos updated October 2021

Black Bean Chili with Avocado Salsa (Dairy-Free & Vegan)

Black Bean Chili with Avocado Salsa (Dairy-Free & Vegan)


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 packet chili seasoning
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans
  • 12 oz frozen corn kernels
  • Optional toppings: cheddar cheese (vegan), lime wedges, cilantro, tortilla strips

Avocado Salsa

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper and cook until soft (around 3-4 minutes).
  2. Pour in salsa, tomatoes and chili seasoning. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add black beans and corn and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 more minutes or more (the longer it simmers, the better)!
  4. Prepare avocado salsa and set aside.
  5. Serve chili topped with avocado salsa and your favorite toppings.

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Friday 11th of September 2020

This looks so good~ I like bean chili and can't wait for the cold weather to try this recipe!

Marlene Detierro

Thursday 1st of October 2015

Wonderful recipe! I like black bean but my husband doesn't so this is perfect for me!MarleneVisit my site for Lake LBJ Real Estate

Maureen SIM

Monday 14th of October 2013

Pinned this bad boy! :)

MaryGrace Bell

Thursday 28th of February 2013

I finally made this, and it is delicious! I will definitely be making it again. Thanks for sharing!

Kristen @ The Endless Meal

Tuesday 22nd of January 2013

I love the idea of adding dry ranch mix. I will be doing that next time for sure!!

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