Cheap Meals

Black Bean Chili

6 servings


30 minutes

total time


1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.11)

1 yellow onion ($0.36)

4 cloves garlic ($0.32)

1/2 lb. ground beef ($3.50)

3 15oz. cans black beans, drained ($2.37)

1 10oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles* ($1.00)

1 6oz. can tomato paste ($0.99)

1 Tbsp chili powder ($0.30)

1 tsp ground cumin ($0.10)

1/2 tsp smoked paprika ($0.05)

1/2 tsp dried oregano ($0.05)

½ tsp salt ($0.04)

2 cups water ($0.00)


Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion and garlic to a large pot with the olive oil and cook over medium heat just until the onions are softened (2-3 minutes).

Add the ground beef to the pot and continue to sauté until the beef is cooked through (5-7 minutes).

Add the drained black beans, diced tomatoes (with juices), tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, and water. Stir everything to combine.

Place a lid on the chili and allow it to come up to a simmer. Let the chili simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to let the flavors blend and help the liquid thicken slightly.

Taste the chili and add salt as needed (this will depend on the salt content of your canned goods. I added about ½ tsp). Serve with your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!


Serving Size

1 Cup


358 kcal

Total Fat

11 g

Saturated Fat


Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat





1292 mg

Total Carbohydrate

46 g

Dietary Fiber

17 g

Total Sugars



22 g

6 servings


30 minutes

total time
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