Best Bean Chili Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Best Bean Chili Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

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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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins
  • READY IN

    45 mins

Directions

  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 21, 2006

Wonderful recipe.. Very easy.....

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2002

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 sugar, though. Also, I simmered the chili for over an hour; it seemed to need that long to bring the juices out of the vegetables and tomatoes. Next time I might try using the beans undrained so there'll be more liquid.

 

82 Ratings

Nov 14, 2003

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, which everyone loved. I served it with Rhonda's Spoonbread recipe, also found on this site. Thanks so much for a winner of a meal, allrecipes!!

 
Jan 24, 2003

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 powder, and cumin. This is a keeper!

 
Jan 25, 2004

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.

 
Nov 14, 2003

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 was gone! It is a good, basic recipe for chili that you can get creative with after you try it, once. Like a cook below suggested, I substituted one can of Rotel for one can of the tomatoes. I served it with cheddar/green chili corn bread. My boyfriend Loved it! I will definately make it again.

 
Nov 14, 2003

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. Definitely a keeper! Of course I tweaked it a bit...added a few banana pepper rings, used ro-tel with peppers instead of regular diced tomatoes, some minced garlic, and white sugar instead of brown. Yummy!

 
Sep 09, 2002

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 the entire batch!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 507 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 60.5 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 57 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 17.6 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 18.7 g
  • 75%
  • Protein
  • 30.2 g
  • 60%
  • Sodium
  • 1049 mg
  • 42%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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