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3-Bean Chili con Carne

3-Bean Chili con Carne ~ The Complete SavoristChili is one of those dishes that you can quickly toss together and eat within 30 minutes or you can slow cook it for 2 days. Both are delicious in their own way.

Tonight, I opted for the quick dinner version.  This involves canned beans and ground beef.

Confession: I’ve not been eating the best lately.  No particular reason why other than the holidays. Simply, more carbs and a lot less protein that I should be consuming. Plus, I’ve been bit by the baking bug and have been doing a lot more of that these past two months than I have in the past 10 years combined (boxed brownies aside).

Plus, I knew my daughter would just eat the chili and not really ask me any questions.  The blander the food, the harder it is for her to eat, she’s all about the flavor.  I mean how many 4 year olds do you know who prefer Indian food to mashed potatoes? That’s my kid. I love and frankly, am quite envious of, her palate.

Pulling out my enameled dutch oven, I browned my meat, add my veggies and spices.  Then some liquid and beans.  Few minutes later, we were enjoying a moderately warmed bowl of chili (had to let cook as to not burn her little mouth).3-Bean Chili con Carne ~ The Complete Savorist

3-Bean Chili con Carne ~ The Complete Savorist

3-Bean Chili con Carne

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Michelle


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef; lean
  • 1-15 oz . can kidney beans (undrained)
  • 1-15 oz . can pinto beans (undrained)
  • 1-15 oz . can white beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1-15 oz . can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-15 oz . can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small onion; diced
  • 2 large bell peppers; diced
  • 4 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp . chili powder
  • Salt/pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, dutch oven, or similar, brown the ground beef, about 7 minutes
  2. Drain off the rendered fat and set the beef aside.
  3. In the same pot, sauté the onions, garlic, and bell peppers for 5 minutes.
  4. Return the ground beef to the pot and mix well.
  5. Add the spices. Mix well and wait for them to bloom or become fragrant.
  6. Add the canned crushed and diced tomatoes, mix well.
  7. Add the undrained kidney and pinto beans and gently fold them into the beef and veggies.
  8. Add the white beans, folding them in gently as well.
  9. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the beans and warmed through and the flavors have melded.
  10. Serve and enjoy

3-Bean Chili con Carne ~ The Complete Savorist3-Bean Chili con Carne ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • Reply
    December 10, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Chili is my comfort food, this looks delicious! I haven’t been eating great lately too…more carbs than protein and I feel it. Blah! You just inspired me to make a pot of chili this week! I love all the beans in yours. Looks so delicious!

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      December 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Thank you Aggie. This time of year is so hard to stay on the right track dietarily. but we must! I made another healthy pot of goodness last night too. Enjoy your pot of chili!

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    December 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

    This looks fabulous – perfect winter recipe!!!!

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      December 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Thank you Lizzy…it is perfect for winter.

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    December 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Can’t believe how quick it is to put together, and it looks so satisfying!

    • Reply
      December 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Some nights you need quick but good!

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    Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
    December 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    It’s a Chili kind of day here with tons of rain so this Chili is calling my name!

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      December 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Rain! Lucky. We will just skip that and go right to snow.

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    December 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I don’t think I have ever tried a quick chili… That sounds super rewarding. I love it but sometimes all the work and waiting of a slow cooker batch is too much! This sounds great. 😀

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      December 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Kita, slow cooked is fantastic, no disputing that, but for fast, this will please your taste buds.

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    Kim Beaulieu
    December 11, 2014 at 1:16 am

    I want this for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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      December 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

      I’ll tell you a secret…I eat this kind of stuff for breakfast all the time. 🙂

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    Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)
    December 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

    This dish looks SO inviting, especially with this cold weather we are having! Super easy for me to leave the meat out to make it veg! YUM!

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      December 12, 2014 at 11:57 am

      So easy to omit the meat, making it even faster to cook up! Enjoy! Thank you.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    December 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Looks so filling & hearty! Love it! Love that it’s easy!

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      December 16, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Thank you Patricia.

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    Joanne T Ferguson
    December 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    G’day LOVE chili and would be perfect with today’s weather!
    Cheers! Joanne

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      December 16, 2014 at 1:29 am

      Aren’t you going into summer? Lucky!

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    Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
    December 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    5 stars
    Your chili looks so hearty and yummy! A must-try for me very soon!…

    • Reply
      December 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you Linda! Hope you enjoy it.

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    Lori Who Needs A Cape?
    December 29, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I’m super pick about chili and this one sounds GREAT! Your pictures sell it, very nice!

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      December 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Oh Thank you Lori! High praise.

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    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    December 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I love easy healthful recipes like your chili. YUM.

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    December 30, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Beautiful images of this chili con carne, I can only dream about how good it must taste!

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      December 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

      It’s pretty tasty! Thanks Dan.

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    December 30, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Big pile of cheese for mine please! This chili looks great!

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      December 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Oh yes on the cheese!

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    Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    December 30, 2014 at 10:26 am

    5 stars
    Your 3 Bean Chili Con Carne sounds delicious – quick, easy, hearty comfort food everyone will enjoy.

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    Have you ever tried a pressure cooker for a dish like this ? If not you should 😉

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