3 OR 4-BEAN CHILI - 8NEWS - WRIC | News Where You Live


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6 to 8 servings


This recipe can be prepared in advance and is great to serve for a Super Bowl Party.


  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef or ground uncooked chicken or turkey (see note)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • ½ ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup bottled chili sauce
  • ½ cup chopped peeled onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2½ teaspoons chili powder or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled garlic or to taste
  • 1½ to 3 teaspoons finely snipped fresh or ½ to 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1½ to 3 teaspoons finely snipped fresh or ½ to 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or to taste (optional)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 4 to 5 drops hot pepper sauce or to taste (see note)
  • 1 (15 to 16-ounce) can each dark or light red kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans and/or garbanzo beans, drained
  •  Sour cream or reduced-fat sour cream or unflavored yogurt for garnish (optional)
  • Chopped green onion (include some green tops) for garnish
  • Shredded Mexican-style 4-cheese blend (Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, and Asadero cheeses) or sharp Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese for garnish
  • Chopped green chile peppers for garnish
  • Crisp taco shells (optional)


In a medium heavy skillet, brown meat over moderate heat; drain off excess fat.  Combine and add next 16 ingredients together in a 4-quart heavy saucepan or Dutch oven.  Bring to a boil over moderate heat; reduce temperature and simmer, uncovered, over low heat for 2½ to 3 ½ hours, or until spices and sauce are thoroughly blended, stirring occasionally.  Be careful not to burn chili.  Add beans and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until beans are heated through.  Serve in bowls and garnish each portion as desired.  Or, spoon chili into taco shells and top with garnishes as desired.

Note: May use meat loaf mixture (combination of ground beef, ground veal, and ground pork), if desired.

Note: 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped fresh or canned green chile peppers or to taste may be added to the chili in place of the hot sauce, if desired.

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