Black Bean and Kielbasa Chili

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

Originally from Bon Appetit I really like this recipe. You can sub any sausage you want, and I actually upped the amount of kielbasa to 2 pounds.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add kielbasa; sauté until beginning to brown, about 12 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer kielbasa to bowl. If necessary, add enough oil to pot to measure 2 tablespoons (or discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings). Add onions, both bell peppers, and garlic. Sauté until beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add beans, broth, tomatoes with juice, chili powder, sugar, vinegar, bay leaves, oregano, and cumin. Bring chili to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer 30 minutes. Return kielbasa to pot. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, until chili is thick, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly; cover and chill. Rewarm before serving.).
  2. Ladle chili into bowls. Top with sour cream and green onions if desired.
Most Helpful

A very good bean stew! I used half canned and half freshly boiled black beans, which made a nice texture contrast, and also threw in an idle half pound of ground beef. The flavor was perfect, it thickened nicely and it was all done in one pan! Cornbread would have been great with it, but we had dessert waiting tonight.

Brenbess January 21, 2014

This is a great recipe!<br/>The men in my household LOVE it!<br/>I have a great sirloin and chile recipe as well as a more American tomato, bean and ground beef recipe. Didn't think I needed another, but my husband wanted to make this, but with red kidney beans. Both black beans and red kidney beans do not break down during cooking so there was no difference.<br/>Great flavor and simple prep.!<br/>I would like to change the 10 min. prep and 1 hr. cooking time to more accurately reflect the recipe -- 45 min prep with 30 min cooking. Still can do after work without problems for us.

Anne T. January 08, 2014

Lost this recipe and just found it here. My family LOVES this chili!

manders February 08, 2010