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Recipe Collection: Easy Bean Chili

Sarena-Rae Santos September 1, 2023

By Sarena-Rae Santos, Natural Health Blogger

Growing up, one of my favorite meals was my dad’s chili. Growing up in the cold winters of New York, there was nothing like a hot bowl of chili after a day of playing in the snow. I have no idea how he made it (honestly, it was probably canned), but I know it was one of my favorite things to eat.

As an adult, focusing on bettering my eating habits, it’s been hard to find and make alternatives to some of my favorite childhood meals. Being plant-based and having food allergies and sensitivities doesn’t make it any easier.

When I came across Amy’s Organic Black Bean Chili, I fell in love. The remembrance of my favorite childhood meal was a blissful trip down memory lane. Although the ingredients are simple, there’s nothing like making food from scratch, so I started experimenting with recreating this canned delicacy in my kitchen. 

Easy Bean Chili

When making this recipe, feel free to swap out one can of black beans for a pound of ground meat or a plant-based meat alternative.


  • 1 cup vegetable broth, chicken broth, or beef broth
  • 2 15 oz. cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder 
  • 1-2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 ½ tsp. smoked paprika 
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)


Step 1: Add avocado oil to a large pot and place it over medium-high heat. 

Step 2: When the oil has warmed up, saute the onions and peppers until soft (about five minutes). Stir occasionally.

Step 3: When your sauteed onions and pepper are soft, add the garlic and then stir. Let cook for about 1 minute.

Step 4 (optional): If adding ground meat or meat alternative, add it to the pot and break it apart with a cooking utensil, stirring occasionally. Cook until it has browned (about 6-7 minutes).

Step 5: Add the chili powder, smoked paprika, dried oregano, basil, salt, and black pepper. At this point, feel free to add any other dry spices you see fit. Stir until well combined.

Step 6: Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and lime juice. If you’re using a bay leaf, add it here before stirring well. 

Step 7: Bring the chili to a low boil before reducing to medium-low heat. Let the chili gently simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 8: Remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Before serving, garnish with cheese, sour cream, avocado, green onions, and/or hot sauce.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy chili?

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Sarena-Rae Santos is the founder of The Holistic Hipppie blog, dedicated to natural health and plant-based eating. Her journey to natural health began in 2019 when she swayed away from allopathic medicine after becoming wheelchair-bound due to the side effects of 20+ medications. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and dizziness due to nystagmus were the sources of her many health complications. Sarena's symptoms diminished after adopting a healthier lifestyle surrounding whole foods and herbs, leaving her a fantastic quality of life and a passion for educating people.

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