Black Bean Chicken Chili


Yesterday morning I was clueless as to what I was going to serve for dinner. I have been busy this last week and my menu planning suffered so I was just winging it. This meal was a joint brain storming creation by Emily and me. 


3 cups dry black beans

12 cups water

1 T salt

1 large onion, chopped

1 ½ lbs boneless chicken (can be thighs or breast), cut into bite size pieces

1 T minced garlic

Olive oil

1 cup frozen corn

1 can Rotel type tomatoes (spicy tomatoes)

2 T chili powder

1 T hot sauce, opt


Put beans, water and salt into a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until beans are tender and cooked. After beans have cooked, drain off a couple 2 or 3 cups of the liquid and reserve for later.


In a large frying pan cook onion, chicken and garlic in olive oil until the chicken is completely cooked and the onion is soft. Add this to the beans.


Add frozen corn, tomatoes, chili powder and hot sauce (if using) to the bean/chicken mixture. Add some of the reserved bean juice if needed to reach your desired consistency. 


I served this meal with tortillas, salsa and big green salad. It was YUM-O!!


NOTE: this meal would also make a great crockpot meal.. just make ahead and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours


  1. Sounds good - I will have to add it to my list of menus and recipes to try :)


  2. We just enjoyed your Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup this weekend - it was delicious and cheap too! I'm looking forward to trying out this one soon!


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