Comforting Black Bean Chilli

sweet potato

Chilli is the perfect autumn/winter comfort food. This black bean version is incredibly simple to make and only costs around £5 (non organic) for 4-6 portions and roughly £7 if you’re going organic.

It is also gluten free and vegan.

Give it a go, I would love to hear what you think!

You can also watch my recipe video on this chilli here

Portion: 4-6

Prep: 5 mins

Cooking: 20 mins



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and diced
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 680g passata (good quality)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder (optional)
  • 200ml veg stock (good quality)


  1. Start by grating the carrot, dicing the red onion and fresh chilli
  2. Heat a large pan on a medium heat adding the olive oil and garlic until sizzling
  3. Add the onion and all the spices along with a pinch of salt and pepper and stir
  4. Now add the carrots and chopped chilli and cook down for 2-3 minutes until soft
  5. Add the passata, tomato puree, beans, cacao powder and stock and stir
  6. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low/medium heat to cook for 15 minutes (making sure to stir every 5 minutes)

Tip: I like to serve mine on brown rice or inside a roasted sweet potato and top it with plain coconut yoghurt, extra chillies and fresh coriander.

Tip: The chilli mix will freeze well, I just allow it to cool once cooked and portion it out ready for freezing!

Creating this chilli? Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @healthylivingjames Facebook @healthylivingjames or Twitter @healthylivingJW so I can see what you create! Want to save it for later then pin it on Pinterest @healthylivingJW

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