Best Bean Chili

Best Bean Chili

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"Best Bean Chili tweaks the traditional recipe, coupling red kidney and pinto beans with ground beef and all the chili seasonings. It can be prepared on the stove or a slow cooker. Although B.E.A.N. recipes usually call for a specific variety, any canned or dry-packaged bean variety can be easily substituted for another."
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45 m servings 507 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 507 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 17.6 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 60.5g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 30.2 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 57 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium:
  • 1049 mg
  • 42%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Cook beef in pan until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in onions, bell pepper and garlic and cook 5 minutes more.
  2. Stir in kidney beans, pinto beans and tomatoes. Season with brown sugar, cocoa powder, chili powder and cumin. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. (To make in a slow cooker, simply transfer beef mixture to a slow cooker, stir in remaining ingredients, cover and cook on low 5 to 6 hours.)


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  1. 82 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Wonderful recipe.. Very easy.....

Most helpful critical review

I thought this chili was good but nothing out of the ordinary, but my husband really liked it so I'll definitely make it again, since it is really easy. I think I'll leave out or reduce the sug...

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Wonderful recipe.. Very easy.....

This is the best chili I have ever had. The only change I made was to use half ground beef and half finely diced stew beef in the recipe. The cocoa and brown sugar gave it a very daring flavor...

This was great! I made it in the slow cooker as suggested at the bottom of the recipe. I think I will season the beef while browning it next time. I'll probably use garlic powder, chili powde...

Good recipe. Very hardy. Reminds me a lot of a hardy Wendy's chili. My husband thinks it is more like Waffle House's chili. Anyway, it is a good dish. Makes plenty.

This chili has a great flavor! It was really EASY to make!! I let it cook in the Crock-Pot for about 5 hours on a Friday night. Then, we ate it periodically throughout the weekend, until it w...

We loved this chili! I was a little hesitant about using cocoa, but I thought it added a nice depth without any weird flavor, which I was afraid of. This was just a great simple, rich chili. ...

I thought this chili was good but nothing out of the ordinary, but my husband really liked it so I'll definitely make it again, since it is really easy. I think I'll leave out or reduce the sug...

My kids and I loved this recipe, although when I told them it had cocoa powder in it, they thought that was gross. They must have really liked it because they only left me one serving out of ...

it was good but not like traditional chili because it had more vegetables in it. If I had never had chili before & had no expectations of what chili should be like I'd give it 5 *'s.

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