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Three Bean Chili

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This hearty three bean chili uses kidney, pinto, and black beans with seasoning like chili powder and cumin that will warm your soul.

On a cold, blustery day, there’s nothing quite like the comforting aroma of a simmering pot of hearty chili wafting through the kitchen. It’s even better if it’s 3 bean chili!

A white bowl filled with 3 bean chili and a bowl of sliced limes and a spoon.

It’s a delicious way to warm up during the winter months. With its rich blend of savory spices and tender beans, it’s the perfect wholesome meal for your family.

I’ve been making a lot of chili these days because I find eating beans really helps to balance my hormones. So I add beans to my soups to make them more hearty and I make a batch of chili every week during the fall and winter.

A white bowl filled with 3 bean chili and a bowl of sliced limes and a spoon.

Enjoy a bowl of soul-warming chili that will leave taste buds tingling and stomachs fully satisfied.

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Three Bean Chili Ingredients

An image of the three bean chili ingredients in bowls.
  • ground beef
  • onion
  • garlic cloves
  • jalapeño pepper
  • carrots
  • seasonings like chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and salt
  • tomato paste
  • can of crushed tomatoes
  • cans of black beans, pinto beans, and red kidney beans
  • beef broth or chicken broth
  • a little bit of brown sugar
  • Optional garnishes: avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, red onion, cilantro

If you decide to use dried beans instead of canned beans here are my Instant Pot bean cooking times.

How to Make Three Bean Chili

Vegetables sauteing in a Dutch oven.

Step 1: Sauté the vegetables. Add oil to a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and allow it to heat up. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeno, and carrots. Sauté until soft and fragrant.

The meat is being browned in a Dutch oven.

Step 2: Brown the meat. Season the ground beef with some salt. Add the ground beef and spices. Brown beef until fully cooked. Add the tomato paste and sauté.

The beef broth and tomatoes added to the Dutch oven.

Step 3: Add the rest of the ingredients. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, and brown sugar. Bring to a low simmer. Cover and let it simmer over low heat.

A white bowl filled with three bean chili and a bowl of sliced limes and a spoon.

Step 4: Serve and garnish. Top with all your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Instant Pot Three Bean Chili

After you have browned the meat and sautéed the vegetables you can add it to your Instant Pot and pressure cook it for 20-30 minutes to concentrate the flavors in less time.

3 Bean Chili Slow Cooker

After you have browned the meat and sautéed the vegetables you can add it to your slow cooker or crockpot on low for 3 hours.

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3 Bean Chili Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings

Three Bean Chili

A white bowl filled with 3 bean chili and a bowl of sliced limes and a spoon.

This hearty three bean chili uses kidney, pinto, and black beans with seasoning like chili powder and cumin that will warm your soul.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ pounds of ground beef
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14-ounce can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14-ounce can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups beef broth or chicken broth (plus more to thin as needed)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Optional garnishes: sliced avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, sliced red onion, chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Add oil to a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and allow it to heat up. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeno, and carrots. Sauté until soft and fragrant.
  2. Sprinkle the ground beef with salt. Add the ground beef and spices. Brown beef until fully cooked.
  3. Add the tomato paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, beans, broth, and brown sugar. Bring to a low simmer.
  5. Cover and let it simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes to 2 hours. If the chili becomes too thick, use water or broth to thin it to your desired consistency. Taste test for salt and spiciness and adjust.
  6. Serve the chili in bowls top with all your favorite toppings.

Notes

Instant Pot Instructions: Once the vegetables have been sautéed and the meat browned, add it to your Instant Pot and pressure cook it for 20-30 minutes to concentrate the flavors in less time.

Crockpot & Slow Cooker Instructions: Once the vegetables have been sautéed and the meat browned, add it to your crockpot or slow cooker on low for 3 hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 759Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1718mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 24gSugar: 13gProtein: 55g

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Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She's also a reiki master and crystal healer.

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