Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili Bar


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Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili!! It’s loaded with tons of peppers, topped with cheese and it’s the perfect way to feed a crowd.

Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili from (@whatsgabycookin)

It’s another What’s Gaby Cooking DIY Bar… aka my favorite way to entertain! This time it’s BEYOND simple though and it’s perfect for any large gathering. This Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili Bar is everything. It’s a smoky beef and black bean chili that makes a boat load and saves well. You can freeze leftovers, or keep it in the fridge for leftover lunches during the week. Or feed a ton of people at once with very little effort!

Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili from (@whatsgabycookin)

Grab 6-10 of your favorite friends and family (even more if you double the chili recipe) and let people DIY their own bowls of chili with toppings like chives, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avocado and green onions. Everyone can get as creative as they please. Kids will love it and adults will be obsessed so you can’t go wrong. You could also throw out a bowl of bacon, some chopped red onion or tortilla chips if you want to get extra jazzy. If you ask me, the more toppings the merrier!

Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili from (@whatsgabycookin)

If you’re looking for me this weekend, you can for sure find me chowing down on a bowl of Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili Bar and pretending to watch football 🙂

Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili

5 from 1 vote


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 chipotle chilies finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 16 ounce can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  • Sour cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Scallions
  • Diced Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Chives


  • In a large heavy bottom pot, add the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the red and orange bell pepper, poblano pepper and yellow and red onion and sauté for 10-12 minutes until the vegetables start to cook down. Add the garlic and chili powder and sauté for 1-2 more minutes. Next, add the ground beef. Break it up into pieces with a wooden spoon and sauté until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper
  • Once the beef is cooked, add chopped chipotle chili peppers, adobo sauce, crushed tomatoes and beef stock. Stir to combine and reduce the heat to medium. Add the drained black beans and simmer for 1 hour until the chili thickens.
  • Once the chili has thickened, you can reduce the heat to low and keep it on the stove until you are ready to serve. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Serve with any of the optional toppings and let your guests DIY their own chili topping.

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  1. Monika

    We LOVE chili! This is such great way to feed many, and they can select whatever toppings they prefer. Yum.

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  3. Karly

    Wow, this looks and sounds incredible! I’m all about a chili that’s chocked full of flavor, so this recipe is right up my alley. Definitely saving this one!

  4. Julie | Table for Two

    I’m totally obsessing over this chili bar! I would eat chili no matter the time of year! LOL

  5. Amanda

    How do you keep the diced avocado looking bright and green? Should i drench them in lime juice or is there a secret?

  6. Rueskiii

    What else would you serve alongside your chili bar. Would you bother w apps?


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  8. Karen T

    5 stars
    This was a big hit at my party. Is there a way to make it less spicy so little kids would like it?

  9. Chelsea Schumm

    Do you think swapping ground turkey for the ground beef would work okay for this? Thanks!