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Three-Bean Taco Chili Recipe

Three-Bean Taco Chili Recipe

This hearty chili is filling, nourishing and tastes like it simmered all day long. Leftover chili freezes well for a later time, so why not make a double recipe? To freeze: Cool remaining chili and transfer to freezer containers. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. To use frozen chili: Thaw in the refrigerator. Place in a saucepan and heat through. Wanda Lee - Yakima, WA
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:9 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, beans, corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce, salsa, taco seasoning and olives.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Garnish with cheese. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 446 calories, 18 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 80 mg cholesterol, 1,360 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 31 g protein.

Reviews for Three-Bean Taco Chili

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Reviewed May. 2, 2016

"This was great! I'm happy with how much it made too! I sprinkled broken chips on top to give each spoonful a little crunch. Yum!"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Yes! This chili tastes like it has simmered all day! Perfect. Made twice. Followed directions except added only 1 cup of water. We like thick chili. Great as a chili or over top of chips and cheese. Nice, hearty chili with full flavor."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"Super quick and easy to make. I did change it a little. I only used 1 lb of ground beef and one cup of water. I also used Italian diced tomatoes (diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano) instead of regular diced tomatoes. Turned out perfectly. Really good with corn chips or corn muffins."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"This is my favorite chili recipe"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"I've made this many times! Love that it makes so much."

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"This is now our favorite recipe for chili. Nice combo of tacos and chili and easy to make. I added onions and garlic also. YUM"

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Made this last night for supper and really appreciated how fast this came together. My only addition was some chopped onion. I used medium salsa and hot taco seasoning and it had a nice spice to it."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Absolutely love it! It tastes wonderful! Great cross between tacos and chili!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"great change up for taco night added garlic:P and onions in the soup"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"My whole family liked this recipe. I will definitely make it again."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"I love this recipe. I make it a lot during the winter months. I let mine cook in a crockpot for a few hours before eating it and it makes it better! Just a tip to anyone who tries to make it."

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"My family really enjoyed this recipe. it was super quick and I will now make it all the time for game nights or sporting events. I used a mild taco seasoning packet and the regular one which added a little spice to the chili. We also ate it with bread and tortilla chips. It was yummy."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"With all the great reviews I'll have to give this a try."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"This is a great recipie, im making it again tonight for the second time. Last time I made it, I was a little nervous because I had unexpected company over and it was my first time making it. But it was so wonderful, it blew my guests away. I omited the stewed tomatoes and added mexican diced tomatos..super yummy! I always have to have cornbread with chili, but next time I make it I'll try it with tortilla chips...sounds so good!"

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"quick and yummy. I was kind of nervous about using the refried beans, but it was really good. I plan to use it again for a fundraiser for our local tennis team."

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"This was ok. I didn't think it was as good as other people said it was, but that's just my opinion. It is very easy to make."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"This was so easy and so good! We like it better with diced tomatoes instead of stewed tomatoes, but it worked great either way. I made this for a family gathering and it was a big hit!"

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"LOVE this chili! only used 1 lb ground beef & it was perfect! will be making this again soon but would add something to make it a tad spicy. YUM."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This was great tasting, and sooo quick to make. My kids loved it!"

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This was so good. I used 1 pound of beef instead of 2 and used two packs of taco seasoning. It makes plenty, enough for lunch the next day and some for freezing."

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2010

"so simple and good...and cheap! I can't say enough good things about the only required 2 dishes to make (the strainer and the pot to cook it in) and was absurdly simple. The only difference i made was by using spicy refried beans and 2 taco seasoning packets and no olives (my picky husband doesn't like em) and it was sooo good served with light sour cream and tortilla chips...i'm going to experiment next time with making it in the slow cooker with chicken"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"I doubled this recipe but only used 2 pounds of beef. I also made this in my crockpot even though it doesn't take long to make. The family loved this. The kids topped theirs with tortilla chips and cheese. Since we had a lot left over we poured some over baked potatoes the next night. Very good!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"Awesome recipe. My husband loved it and I'm making it again tonight!"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"This is by far THE BEST "Taco Soup-like" recipe Ive tried and Ive tried alot of them. My husband and 2 children raved and have asked me to make it again and again. I love freezing small portions for quick, easy meals when its grab what you want night. My son has asked that I send a bowl in his lunch the next time I make it. We like ours with corn chips and sour cream."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"My whole family loved this Chili! It tasted like it was simmering for hours. I had most of the ingredients in my pantry ao it went together very quickly."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"Since there are only two of us, I divided this dish into two containers. Froze half, and ate the other half immediately. I did make one change. Since there were 2 lbs. of meat I used two packs of taco seasoning. I will be making this again the future it was very easy to prepare."

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