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Hearty Black Bean Chili

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 4 hours


6-8 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Featuring beans, ground beef and chicken, this chili is perfect for those with big appetites.


  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cubed
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and thinly sliced green onions, optional


  1. Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, cook the beef, chicken and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the water, tomato sauce, tomatoes and seasonings; mix well.
  3. Add beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until beans are tender. Serve with cheese and green onions if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 346 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 1038mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 11g fiber), 30g protein.

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