Beef 'n' Chili Beans Recipe
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Beef 'n' Chili Beans Recipe

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I took this dish to the last church meal we had, and it was a hit! Several of the ladies requested the recipe. I have to admit it is so easy to make—just put the ingredients in the slow cooker, and dinner’s ready before you know it. The tomatoes with green chilies really add some zip.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 373 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 1047mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 37g protein.


  1. Place the beef in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the brown sugar, mustard, salt, paprika, chili powder and pepper; sprinkle over beef and toss to coat. Top with onion, tomatoes, beans and corn.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Beef 'n' Chili Beans in Country October/November 2005, p49

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 222759
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015

"I had to make this on the stovetop. I browned the meat with the onion then added the rest of the ingredients, brought to a boil and let it simmer for an hour. It was really satisfying. I thought the seasonings were a little weak, but it didn't bother me that much. I would make this again."

msmonika User ID: 7440802 66898
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"i thought this was a great recipe! I did however feel like it needed a bit more sodium. I added 1 tablespoon of cumin and some salt to taste and it was just fabulous! Would definitely make again!"

Cherished83 User ID: 6280192 66897
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"I agree with the review that said it really doesn't have any flavor, despite the seasonings. It has a kick to it, but all you get is the little bit of heat coming through and no actual flavor. I added an extra can of diced spicy red pepper tomatoes and a package of taco seasoning mix. That helped to give it some of what it is missing.

This is a fair base for a recipe, but I only would make this again if I prepared it differently than how the recipe calls. I think I would also substitute the stew meat for ground hamburger. I definitely do not think the recipe as is is "contest winning".
Happy cooking!"

BLey User ID: 6084079 147606
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Excellent, easy, and flexible -- This recpie is one to add to ways to use left overs and add different beans and vegetabes to satisfy any appetite. This is so savory and delicious."

marciedarciestuff User ID: 3221145 79469
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"It did nothing for us. There was no flavor even with the spices. There was also too much liquid and the corn seemed out of place. I'm sure I could work on it to get it right but I'm looking for recipes that are easy and flavorful."

T-Dub User ID: 3821932 130729
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2010

"Always looking for easy and nutritious meals. This is a great recipe that ticks both boxes nicely. I did think that the flavour was very mild but that is the beauty of this dish: you can adjust the seasoning at the table to suit individual tastes. This made a huge crock pot full and it was demolished in one sitting. This has joined the "Make it again, Mom!" files. Thank you!"

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