• Cooking Time: 30
  • Servings: 6
  • Preparation Time: 15


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.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney
  • beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans,
  • drained and rinsed
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced
  • tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened
  • cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  • 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.
  • 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.)

Categories: Chili  Dinner  Main Dish  Savory  Spicy 

Author Credit: Bean Education and Awareness Network

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