Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish

Chili is a dish that resonates with comfort and robust flavors. This Beef and Black Bean Chili recipe, enhanced with a zesty Avocado Relish and Toasted Cumin Crema, brings a gourmet twist to a classic favorite. It’s perfect for those who appreciate a meal that’s both heartwarming and excitingly flavorful.

Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 6


For the Chili:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups beef broth

For the Toasted Cumin Crema:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, toasted
  • Salt, to taste

For the Avocado Relish:

  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the Chili:
    • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and red bell pepper, cooking until soft.
    • Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a spoon, and cook until browned.
    • Stir in chili powder, ground cumin, and smoked paprika. Cook for 2 minutes.
    • Mix in black beans, crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, and beef broth. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Make the Toasted Cumin Crema:
    • In a small bowl, combine sour cream and toasted cumin. Season with salt. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Assemble the Avocado Relish:
    • In a separate bowl, mix together avocados, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve:
    • Ladle the chili into bowls, top with a dollop of Toasted Cumin Crema, and a spoonful of Avocado Relish.

Nutritional Information

Nutrient (per serving)Amount
Total Fat25g
Saturated Fat9g
Total Carbohydrates25g
Dietary Fiber8g

Enjoy this hearty and flavorful dish, perfect for gatherings or a cozy night in!