Darn Good Chili!

Everyone can use a good chili recipe! Here is one that is darn good.  If you want to speed it up a little and not use a crock pot, you can easily do it on the stove top.  If you want to slow it down some and cook it all day, just set the crock pot to low instead and have the chili waiting for you when you get home at the end of the day.


2 cups or 1 can of black beans

2 cups or 1 can of red kidney beans

2 cups or 1 can of white beans

2 cups or 1 can of refried beans

3 cups of tomato sauce if you like it smooth or diced tomatoes and sauce if you like tomato chunks

1 yellow onion

2 jalapeno peppers or other chili peppers

3 garlic cloves

1 red or green bell pepper

1/2 lb of pork sausage, hamburger, or vegetarian sausage, or no meat at all

olive oil

1 T cumin

3 T chili pepper

salt to taste

hot sauce to taste


Turn your crock pot on high.

Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Coarsely chop the onion and add to the pot.

Add the meat or vegetarian substitute and cook with the onion. Use a wooden spoon to get the meat into small pieces.

When the meat is cooked, add all the other ingredients (if you use canned beans, don’t rinse but add the whole contents of the can), stir well and walk away…

If you use beans from scratch, you will want to make sure to add some extra liquid, up to 2 cups extra water.

In a couple hours, when the house starts smelling good, give it a good stir and turn down to a low setting.

It’s ready to eat when the onion is soft.

Taste for salt and pepper and add hot sauce or a habanero oil to spice it up more.


This recipe really makes a chili that has a nice texture and is not too tomatoey.   To find local ingredients for your recipes, check out Pick-A-Pepper.com
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