Quick & Easy California 3-Bean Chili

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe actually came from a Sunday newspaper circular for McCormick spice coupons. After I tried this recipe I have never gone back to any other spice mix or package for chili with or without meat. I would even go so far to say that it would be good for taco meat (minus the sugar). For a heartier one bowl meal serve over rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper, cook 5 min., stirring often.
  2. Stir in spice mix and remaining ingredients. (I like to toast the spices for about a minute before adding the other ingredients.)
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 min., stirring occasionally. This freezes beautifully.


Most Helpful

For me this is like a Northeast chili, not a California chili. The blackbeans are fine but save the red beans for red beans and rice and the great northerns aren't my idea of a chili bean. Try the California heirloom pinquita's for a real California chili.

Senor chile verde August 01, 2013

Very good chili. Filled the house with aromatic herbs and the family couldn't wait to dig in. I only put 1 teaspoon of chili powder in because we are a mild loving family :)

Studio Leah August 20, 2010

This was easy and tasty. I did not use red wine since I didn't have any. I used pinto beans and navy beans; I also added 1 lb of hamburger meat. I served it with grated cheese and tostito chips. Kids gobbled it up, too. Very good.

Bobbin January 28, 2010

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