Three Bean Chili : Thick, Delicious & Healthy!

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This is the best chili ever and you won’t miss the meat at all!  It’s thick and bursting with flavor. We’ve made this recipe in our home for over a decade now and it’s been a favorite of family and visitors. Great reheated too!

The list of ingredients looks ominous but its mainly several cans of beans and some veggies chopped. Then seasonings. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and then another 15 or so to heat so it’s a very quick meal that tastes like you spend a lot longer cooking it! The secret to it’s thickness? A can of refried beans.



 Saute the chopped veggies and garlic in a small amount of healthy oil (or veggie broth).three.bean.chili.2blank
Saute 3 to 5 minutes.

Add in everything else except the refried beans and heat thoroughly.


Add refried beans which make it nice and thick.

three.bean.chili.5blankStir and simmer 5 to 10 minutes.


Serve plain or with some onions, tomatoes or soy cheese as topping.




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Three Bean Chili : Thick, Delicious & Healthy!
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Serves: 8-10
A quick healthy thick chili bursting with flavor.
  • 1 medium Onion - Yellow chopped
  • 1 large Bell pepper - red chopped
  • 1 large Bell pepper chopped
  • 1 large Jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 cloves Garlic crushed or chopped
  • 1 cup Vegetable stock
  • 1 32 oz Crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (14 oz) Black beans
  • 2 cans (14 oz) Kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cayenne Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Salt
  • 1 cup Re-fried beans - vegetarian
  • 8 ounces Soy cheese shredded
  • 1 bunch Scallions chopped
  • 3 Plum tomatoes diced
  1. Heat 2 TB oil in deep pot over medium heat.
  2. Combine the following:
  3. Onion
  4. Red bell pepper
  5. Green bell pepper
  6. Jalapeno pepper (optional)
  7. Garlic
  8. Sauté 3-5 minutes.
  1. Vegetable stock (or beef)
  2. Crushed tomatoes
  3. Black beans
  4. Kidney beans
  5. Cumin
  6. Cayenne Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)
  7. Salt
  8. Heat through.
  9. Add in refried beans to thicken.
  10. Simmer 5-10 minutes.
  11. Serve in bowls adding toppings if desired.


  1. Caroline

    This looks like such a great recipe. Have you ever tried it in the slow cooker? I’m really keen on using our slow cooker at the moment because it makes cooking so much easier when I’m at work.

    1. Nancy & Roy Author

      I’ve not done that but I would sure like to know how myself. I’m not sure how recipes translate over to slow cooking. This is not really “cooked” but just being heated well but I can’t see why it wouldn’t easily work. I’ll have to think on how to adapt it. Thanks so much for the idea and for stopping by!


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