Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This serves a lot, so feel free to half the recipe. This is not overly hot unless you add the optional jalapenos and cayenne pepper. Prep time does not include the 8 hours to soak the beans.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sort and wash the beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above the beans; let soak for 8 hours.
  2. Drain the beans; add 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Drain the beans, reserving 2 1/2 cups liquid. Set beans and liquid aside.
  3. Cook the ground chuck, onion, green pepper, garlic, and chopped jalapenos (if using) in a skillet until the meat is browned, stirring to crumble the meat; drain well.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in the reserved beans and liquid. Cover and simmer an additional 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Most Helpful

Very good, I have now found my new chili recipe! Thanks for posting. Made for THINK PINK 2012

pammyowl October 02, 2012

Yummm, chili :D. I made it using vegie crumbles for the meat with all else being the same and it came out great. Really hit the spot last evening after a full afternoon of freezing rain. Topped with some fat reduced cheddar it was filling and oh so yummy. Had to use red bell pepper as that is what I had on hand. This is a marvelous, from scratch, chili to be made on a day when your home and want to say "I made it for you".

Annacia February 23, 2012