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Beef and Three-Bean Chili Recipe

“This is one of my favorite recipes; it makes my kitchen smell so good! We love eating it with homemade bread or cornbread.” -Nancy Whitford of Edwards, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours YIELD:9 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Sour cream, optional


  • 1. Sprinkle beef with chili powder. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown beef and onion in batches.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray, combine beans, tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, jalapenos, brown sugar, garlic, salt, pepper and cumin. Stir in beef, onion and drippings.
  • 3. Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until meat is tender. If desired, serve with sour cream. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 309 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 620mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 9g fiber), 24g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 0 fat.

Reviews for Beef and Three-Bean Chili

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Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"Made as directed, came out great, Next time i used went 50/50 with beef stew mean and ground beef and added corn lol..came out great also"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"It was great and flavorful, even my 2-year-old said it was yummy. I will be making it again, but I may modify it to make it a little thicker."

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"If I were to make this again, I would up the spices and cut back on the tomatoes. Overall it was good, but needs more seasoning."

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"This was so good! I used venison steak cut into chunks and it turned out great."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010


Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"This was the most flavorful recipe I have ever made in a slow cooker. Very hearty and feeling. My entire family loved it. Great cold weather dinner."

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