Beef Chili with Black Beans

Hearty beef and black beans gets a smoky kick from toasted cumin, chipotles in adobo and cinnamon stick to create this easy and crowd pleasing chili.

Beef Chili with Black Beans - The Lemon Bowl

Do you love chili as much as I do? Smoky, sweet and bursting with flavor, chili is a healthy and protein-packed dinner in a bowl.  If you’re throwing a party, chili is the perfect dish because not only can it be made the day before – it actually tastes better the next day!

Want to get even more ahead of the game? Make a batch and pop it in the freezer.  Boom.

Beef and Bean Chili with Cinnamon Stick - The Lemon Bowl

The secret to this chili is as simple as throwing a whole cinnamon stick into the pot while it simmers. Warm cinnamon is the perfect balance for the spicy chipotles and toasted cumin.  It will be just the thing that will make your guests wonder what you did to make this chili so tasty.

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In fact, we served my Sweet and Smoky Turkey Chili for my little man’s first birthday bash.  Guests could help themselves and go crazy with over 12 toppings – from avocado to shredded cheese to Baked Corn Tortilla Chips.  Easy and effortless entertaining at it’s best! Just what a new mom needs. 😉

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Beef Chili with Black Beans
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Hearty beef and black beans gets a smoky kick from toasted cumin, chipotles in adobo and cinnamon stick to create this easy and crowd pleasing chili.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
  • 1 lb ground beef - 90% lean
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 2 garlic cloves - grated
  • 2 sweet peppers - diced (red, yellow or orange)
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds - toasted then crushed (or ground cumin)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo - minced (remove seeds to lower heat level)
  • 14 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz can black beans - drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken broth - low sodium or homemade
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 2 tablespoons barbeque sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • diced avocado, lime wedges and cilantro - optional garnish
  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick olive oil spray. Add ground beef plus a pinch of salt and pepper then cook until browned using a wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
  2. When beef is nicely browned, remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add diced onion, garlic and peppers into the pan plus another pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in cumin, chili powder, oregano and chipotle pepper. Cook until veggies are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Pour in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, black beans, barbeque sauce and cinnamon stick using wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits from bottom of the pan. Bring to boil then simmer on low for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with diced avocado, lime wedges and fresh cilantro.
Since every brand of tomatoes and chicken broth have varying levels of sodium, season this dish as you please with the amount of salt and pepper you wish. To lower the heat level of the chipotle peppers, remove the ribs and seeds before mincing. Want to kick it up a notch? Double the amount!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 oz Calories: 245 Fat: 8.6 g Saturated fat: 3.4 g Unsaturated fat: 5.2 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 21.7 g Sugar: 4.6 g Sodium: 707 mg Fiber: 5.1 g Protein: 20.5 g Cholesterol: 53 mg
Today’s chili recipe was created as part of the Food Network series, Comfort Food Feast. Be sure to check out these other tasty chili recipes!

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The Heritage Cook: Gluten-Free Green Chile and Chicken Taco Bowls
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Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Healthy Chicken Chili With Barley
What’s Gaby Cooking: Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili
Feed Me Phoebe: Chicken and White Bean Chili
Dishin & Dishes: Lean Mean Game-Day Chili
The Lemon Bowl: Beef Chili With Black Beans
Devour: 4 Twists on Chili for the Super Bowl
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Mooshu Jenne: Pinto Bean Chili
FN Dish: 7 Chili Recipes for the Big Game


    • Liz DellaCroce says

      The cinnamon gives it the perfect background note. Let me know if you try it! Great for taking to work, too.

  1. says

    I always add a pinch of cinnamon to my chili! I love that sweet heat it adds. I have never added a cinnamon stick, I will have to try this. We eat chili at least once a week in this house so I am sure I will add this guy to the chili rotation.

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Let me know what you think!! It’s definitely subtle but I really love the balance it gives to the smoky, spicy heat. :-)

  2. says

    oooh… cinamon, never would have thought of that! I love doing a chili party and letting guests pick their own toppings. It’s a simple and fun way to entertain!

  3. Laura Ball says

    yummm, this is currently simmering in a big pot on my stove for tonight’s Superbowl festivities….and it smells heavenly! I may be loosing it, but am I missing where the black beans are in the recipe?

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Oh my gosh Laura – you are NOT losing your mind. Apparently I have lost mine!! :) I blame it on being a mom – haha. Forgive me !!! Recipe is updated.

  4. Ashley says

    Hi! I tried this recipe today and it was seriously amazing. Thanks for your insight and for sharing the recipe! Will definitely be trying some of the others i see on your blog!


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