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Black Bean Sausage Chili

Meet the Cook: My entire family urged me to send in this recipe! I came up with it one day when I wasn't sure what to do with a can of black beans I had. I just threw a bunch of stuff together, and out came a new chili that's become our favorite. My husband always tells me that I'm the world's best cook. That's nice, since he's the best husband in the world! Our four children are ages 6, 4, 2 and 1. -Nanci Keatley, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (1-3/4 quarts)


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  • In a large saucepan, cook sausage and garlic over medium heat until the sausage is not longer pink.
  • Add green pepper and onion. Cook and stir until onion is tender; drain. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce and paste, water, chili powder, oregano, salt, basil and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 282 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1222mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • Inea
    Mar 27, 2017

    Best chili recipe! My husband loves sausage so I tried it at home and it was a sucess. I had a casino party at the house and decided to incorporate this dish to the menu. Also, I cooked steamed white rice on the side, zero, nada, left!!! I had to share the recipe with at least 10 of the attendees! Thank you for sharing!

  • kleinar
    Nov 1, 2010

    My husband says this is the best chili I've ever made. I intend to make this again in the near future.

  • cntbailey
    Jan 8, 2009

    Very seanson it I just used a Chili Pack..out of chili power. I also made another can of black beans..I love beans. I will make this one again.

  • HBcook
    Dec 16, 2008

    This was good but it is more like a unique pasta sauce. Very much a tomato base recipe. I served this with Romaine Salad with Avocado Dressing.