Crockpot (or stovetop) Black Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro
I love this favorite Crockpot (or stovetop) Black Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro that’s thickened with refried beans, and this tasty chili is gluten-free, dairy-free, low-glycemic, and South Beach Diet Phase One. Use Chili Recipes to find more recipes like this one.
One thing that’s frustrating about food blogging is that the greatest recipe in the world won’t get much attention if the photo is bad, so I was happy to finally take new photos for this favorite Crockpot (or stovetop) Black Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro. The ultra flavorful chili includes a can of refried pinto beans as part of the base, which makes it extra thick, and I’ve been enjoying this the last few days with a dollop of low-fat sour cream on top.
Lime and cilantro are two of my favorite ingredients, but if you’re not a cilantro fan I’d replace it with thinly sliced green onions, and if you don’t have a crockpot, just skip the step of reducing the beef stock, and you can make this in a regular pot on top of the stove. I hope lots of you will try this; it just might become your favorite easy chili recipe!
Start with two finely chopped onions which get sauteed in olive oil until they are nicely browned. (This adds flavor, but if you’re short on time you could skip browning the onions.) Put onions in the slow cooker. (While the onions and ground beef are cooking, simmer the beef stock on the stove until it’s reduced to 2 cups.) Add a tiny bit more olive oil and cook the ground beef until it’s well done, breaking apart with the turner as it cooks. Put ground beef into the slow cooker with the onions.
When the beef stock has reduced by half, mix it with the can of refried beans. Put the black beans into a colander in the sink and rinse well with cold water. Add the stock-refried beans mixture, beans, tomatoes, dried cilantro, chile powder, Ancho chile powder, and ground cumin to the slow cooker and start to cook.
The cooking time is pretty flexible for this recipe, but after 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on high it should be getting done. Stir in the chopped cilantro (or sliced green onion if you’re not a cilantro fan, and serve (with more lime to squeeze in when you eat the chili and a dollop of low-fat sour cream if desired.)
More Delicious Chili with Black Beans:
Black Bean Chili with Chocolate ~ Healthy Green Kitchen
Black Bean and Beef Chili with Cilantro, Lime, and Avocado Salsa ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Smoky Turkey Chili with Chipotle Peppers and Black and White Beans ~ Cookin’ Canuck
Not Just For the Superbowl Chili ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Crockpot Black Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro
I love this favorite Crockpot (or stovetop) Black Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro that’s thickened with refried beans!
- 2 large onions, finely chopped
- 2 tsp. olive oil + 2 tsp. more for browning meat if needed
- 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
- 1 quart beef stock, simmer to reduce to 2 cups (I used my homemade beef stock, but you can use two cans beef broth. Don’t reduce for stovetop cooking.)
- 3 cans (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (15 oz.) refried pinto beans
- 2 cans (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes
- 2 T dried cilantro
- 2 T chile powder (preferably New Mexico chile powder)
- 2 T Ancho chile powder (or 2 T more regular chile powder)
- 1 T ground cumin
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, plus sliced limes to squeeze into chili if desired
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish if desired
- low-fat sour cream for serving if desired (optional)
- Heat olive oil in heavy frying pan, add chopped onions and saute 4-5 minutes, until softened and barely starting to brown. Add onions to crockpot.
- Add ground beef to same pan, adding more oil if needed, then brown beef well, breaking up with metal turner as it cooks. Add beef to crockpot.
- While onions and beef are being cooked, put beef stock into saucepan and simmer until reduced to 2 cups. (Skip this step if cooking the chili on stovetop.) When stock is reduced, add refried beans and whisk to blend into stock, then add to crockpot.
- While stock is reducing, place a colander in the sink and add canned black beans. Rinse beans well with cold water until no more foam appears. (This removes some of the salt from canned beans and makes them much more digestible.) Then add beans, stock-refried beans mixture, tomatoes, dried cilantro, chile powder, ancho chile powder, and ground cumin to crockpot.
- Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours, or until beans are soft and flavors are well blended. When chili is done, stir in lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro and let cook 15 minutes.
- Serve hot, with slices of lime and additional chopped cilantro to add as garnish if desired. I like this with a dollop of low-fat sour cream.
Cooking on the Stove:
- For stove-top cooking, skip the step of reducing the beef broth, but follow all other directions, adding ingredients to large soup pot and simmering at low heat about an hour.
I used my 5-Quart Smart-Pot Crock-Pot (affiliate link) to make this chili, but I think any size that’s close to that will work. Be sure the crockpot is at least half full when you use it to make soup or chili.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Chili is a perfect South Beach Diet food, since dried beans of all types are very low-glycemic, and this Crockpot (or stovetop) Black Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro would be great for any phase of the South Beach Diet. Beans are limited for Phase One, so use portion control, but for a dish like this with lots of other ingredients you can have a normal serving size. With beans and added carbs from the refried beans that thicken the chili, this probably isn’t suitable for a stricter low-carb diet.
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