This hearty corn & black bean chili recipe can easily be made vegetarian and only takes 30-minutes. It is the perfect the chili recipe for any day of the week.

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This is hands down my favorite chili recipe ever! Not only is it super easy, coming together in less than 30 minutes, it uses mostly basic pantry staples which makes it super thrifty too. The key to the super fresh flavor is the green verde chili, so don’t skip that part!

As usual, I used vegetarian protein crumbles instead of ground beef, but those of you who prefer REAL meat could substitute a pound of ground beef or turkey instead. Although I personally prefer things a little spicier, I make this version fairly mild so that it is still kid friendly. (My kids absolutely love this recipe!)  For more of a kick, you can add hot chiles, fresh jalapeño, and extra hot chili powder.

30 Minute Vegetarian Corn & Black Bean Chili

Easy Corn & Black Bean Chili ingredients

Here is what you need:

3-4 tablespoons butter
1 sweet onion
1 package vegetarian protein crumbles (such as Morningstar or Gardein brand or 1 pound ground beef)
2 15oz cans black beans
1 15oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 15oz can low sodium corn kernels, undrained
1 4oz can diced green chiles, undrained
1 16oz jar salsa verde (the green kind)
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
sour cream
fresh cilantro
cooked rice (optional)

Dice onions and set aside.

Step 1:  Dice onions. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Saute onions until soft, about 5 minutes.

Cook ground beef or protein crumbles for a vegetarian option, and mix in chopped onions.

Step 2:  Add vegetarian protein crumbles (or ground beef); cook until browned, 5-7 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium low.

Rinse canned beans.

Step 3: Rinse & drain black beans

Add wet ingredients and chili powder and mix well.

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Step 4: Add tomatoes, corn, green chiles, salsa, & black beans to pot; mix well. Add chili powder. Bring just to boiling, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Chop cilantro to serve as a garnish on the chili

Step 5: Chop cilantro. Serve chili in bowl topped with sour cream, cilantro, & rice (optional).

Serve chili in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream.

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Easy Corn & Black Bean Chili

From pantry to table in only 30 minutes!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Corn & Black Bean Chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Ruth Soukup

Ingredients

  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 package vegetarian protein crumbles such as Morningstar or Boca brand (or 1 pound ground beef)
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans
  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 15 oz can low sodium corn kernels undrained
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chiles undrained
  • 1 16 oz jar salsa verde the green kind
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • sour cream
  • fresh cilantro
  • cooked rice optional

Instructions

  1. Dice onions. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Saute onions until soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add vegetarian protein crumbles (or ground beef); cook until browned, 5-7 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium low.
  3. Rinse & drain black beans.

  4. Add tomatoes, corn, green chiles, salsa, & black beans to pot; mix well. Add chili powder. Bring just to boiling, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Chop cilantro. Serve chili in bowl topped with sour cream, cilantro, & rice (optional).

Recipe Notes

Number of servings (yield): 6

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Ruth Soukup
Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people everywhere create a life they love by follwing their dreams and achieving their biggest goals. She is the host of the wildly popular Do It Scared podcast, as well as the founder of Living Well Spending Less® and Elite Blog Academy®. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love, which was the inspiration for this book. She lives in Florida with her husband Chuck, and 2 daughters Maggie & Annie.
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