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Patagonia Provisions

Southwest Black Bean Chili

Tracy On, Chef and Cafe Manager at Patagonia headquarters and her team created this chili recipe perfect for full flourish on the home table and full flavor on the trail.

Black Bean Soup



  • 1⁄2 lb. of ground meat (such as turkey or beef)
  • 1⁄2 onion, diced
  • 1⁄2 jalapeno, diced (remove seed if sensitive to heat, or omit entirely)
  • 1 4oz. can of green chiles
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 package Patagonia Provisions Black Bean Soup
  • 1⁄4 c. masa harina, with a little warm water to make a paste
  • Cilantro vinaigrette (see recipe below), for garnish
  • Queso Fresco, for garnish


  • In a large pot on Medium High heat, brown ground meat and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add diced onion, jalapeno, and chiles and cover pan to sweat until onion is translucent.
  • Add diced tomato and cook approximately 5 more minutes.
  • Add 2 1⁄2 cups of water (OR substitute half the water with beer if desired) and bring to a boil.
  • Add Provisions Black Bean Soup and masa harina, stir to combine thoroughly, and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with Cilantro Vinaigrette and Queso Fresco.

Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 green onions
  • 1⁄4 c. of Queso Fresco
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1⁄4 c. oil
  • Water to thin as necessary
  • Salt and pepper

While still in a bunch, roughly remove cilantro leaves with knife (some tender stems are OK). Wash the cilantro and pat dry. Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add water as necessary to blend.


  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated chives
  • 1 tablespoon dried green chiles (or substitute 1 dried new mexico chile, deseeded and diced)
  • 4 dried tomatoes, rehydrated and diced
  • 1⁄4 c. masa harina, with a little warm water to make a paste
  • 1 package Patagonia Provisions Black Bean Soup
  • Boil 2 1⁄2 c. water and add all ingredients. Turn down to a simmer until all ingredients are fully rehydrated and desired consistency is reached.