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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, Hemet, California
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: 446 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 1360mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 9g fiber), 31g protein.

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ooh! User ID: 5628505 247791
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!"

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 216140
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."

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 160014
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."

jgbex1 User ID: 5795516 72611
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"This is my favorite chili recipe"

chinaroad User ID: 6256249 92642
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

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

leeart User ID: 2566328 72610
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"

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 112949
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."

muffinmonster User ID: 2793033 160005
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

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

lildementedchef User ID: 5347963 159418
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

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

twinster User ID: 1297722 208186
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

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

sckity User ID: 5091142 159832
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."

mmcleod18 User ID: 6125197 88019
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."

dreyfuss User ID: 44489 159829
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

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

shessuchariot User ID: 5896569 160556
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!"

kimdeeter User ID: 945162 144460
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."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 208185
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."

curlylis85 User ID: 3166950 93171
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!"

heatherannking User ID: 1113057 144456
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."

starsfan User ID: 1045432 143359
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

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

mreilly615 User ID: 2340136 112925
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."

jadedraven User ID: 2665649 143518
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"

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 160003
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!"

sims1987 User ID: 3156131 144450
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

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

hizkidz4 User ID: 1294450 159991
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."

lorakeet User ID: 1922687 208184
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."

amyk3teacher User ID: 3464104 88017
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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