Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

For a delicious and healthy meal for your mesothelioma patient, combine this chili with some cornbread and a salad. The beans add lots of protein and the spices may help tempt the appetite of a patient who is having difficulty maintaining a healthy weight.


  • 2 cups dry black beans
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions


  • Wash beans and soak in 4-6 cups water overnight. Pour off water and fill pot with 6 cups fresh water. Add cilantro and simmer about 2 hours or until beans are tender.
  • Toast cumin, oregano, paprika, and cayenne in a dry skillet.
  • In a large skillet, cook onion in ½ cup water for 2 minutes. Add bell pepper, garlic, and toasted spices and cook until onion is soft. Add to cooked beans with tomatoes.
  • Simmer 30 minutes. To serve, garnish with chopped green onions.

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