Three Bean & Beef Crock Pot Chili

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A well rounded rich chili recipe made in the crock pot. This Three Bean & Beef Crock Pot Chili is loaded with vegetables, beef, and some not so typical chili flavors.It is guaranteed to be your new favorite chili recipe.

One of my favorite comfort foods on a cool fall day is chili! I love the rich full depth flavor of chili, it is basically telling you “curl up on the couch with me and watch a movie.” The vegetables, the beans, tomatoes, spices, and beef. It is one well rounded flavorful meal that you really don’t need to add much to.  Growing up it was something that we use to have quite often.

I usually make my chili on the stove but with all the crock pot recipes out there I thought I would change it up.  This chili recipe has loads of vegetables in it as well as some “not so typical” chili seasonings.  I actually like the way this turned out in the crock pot better than on the stove.  As my husband says, “it has a more well rounded flavor.” {he’s been watching too much of the Foodnetwork.. haha} But he’s right, it is delicious and definitely has a well rounded flavor. I promise it will be your new favorite chili recipe. If I could virtually share some with you now I would.

To get started, heat a skillet to medium high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and 1 1/2 cups of small dice onion to skillet.

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Saute until translucent. Add 1 pound of lean ground beef breaking up with a wooden spoon. Cook until beef is no longer pink.

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In the meantime, get your veggies ready. Cut up 1 red pepper and 2 carrots into small dices and mince 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce.

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Once, meat is cooked through. Place ground beef mixture, red pepper, and carrots into crock pot.

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Next add a 28oz of can of crushed tomatoes, a 15oz. can of diced fire roasted tomatoes, 2 cups of water, 1 minced chipotle pepper, 2 teaspoons of adobe sauce from the chipotle peppers in adobe sauce can, 2 teaspoons of cumin, 1 teaspooon of dry cilantro, 1 teaspoon of oregano, and juice of 1 lime.

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Stir, cover, and cook on low for 6-7 hours. {I did 7 hours} Then add a 15oz can of black beans, a 15oz. can of kidney beans, and a 15oz. can of pinto beans. {all drained and rinsed}

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Add one drained 15oz can of sweet corn {no salt or sugar added}

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Cook on low for an additional hour.

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Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, and diced avocado. {I sub the avocado for sour cream}

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{Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger}

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Three Bean & Beef Crock Pot Chili

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 8-10
  • Category: Crock Pot, Beef, Soups

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup of onion, diced
  • 1 lb. of ground beef {lean}
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 chipotle pepper, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of sauce from can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
  • 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can of diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can of sweet corn, drained {no salt or sugar added}

Toppings {Optional}

  • Green Onions, sliced
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Avocado, diced

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet to medium high heat. Add olive oil and small diced onion to skillet.
  2. Saute until translucent.
  3. Add lean ground beef breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Cook until beef is no longer pink.
  4. Once, meat is cooked through. Place ground beef mixture, red pepper, carrots, crushed tomatoes, diced fire roasted tomatoes, water, minced chipotle pepper, dobe sauce from the chipotle peppers in adobe sauce can, cumin, cilantro, oregano, and juice of 1 lime into crock pot.
  5. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 6-7 hours. {I did 7 hours}
  6. Then add a 15oz can of black beans, a 15oz. can of kidney beans, a 15oz. can of pinto beans and a 15oz. can of sweet corn -no salt or sugar added. {all drained and rinsed}
  7. Cook on low for an additional hour.
  8. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, and diced avocado. {I sub the avocado for sour cream}

Notes

Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 395
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Fiber: 17 g
  • Protein: 28 g

 

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62 Responses
  1. Krista, cannot wait to try this Chili for a football watching Sunday! Thanks so much for sharing and joining us at Best of the Weekend – pinning to our party board! Hope you have a happy Thursday and hope you can party with us tomorrow night! 🙂

  2. I cannot wait to start making chili! It is still a little warm where I’m at but I almost don’t care because this looks so good! My hubby loves his chili packed with beans and so I’m for sure gonna try this! Pinning!

    1. haha.. girl. I understand, when I made this chili it was 100 degrees outside. But I figure if I make “fall foods” eventually texas will realize it is FALL and start to cool down. A girl can wish, right? I hope you and your hubbie enjoy this chili! Thanks for pinning!

  3. linda kirkconnell

    I plan to make this. Can you substitute chili powder for the chipotle pepper? I can’t find that for less
    than $23 a can.
    Thanks for your help.

    1. too funny I went out to buy the stuff today and making it again tomorrow. 🙂 Hm… the can should be at your local grocery store in the latin american aisle and is usually like $1.50-3 depending. Hope that helps. Other wise I would use tabasco sauce {but the chipotle flavored kind} Enjoy it Linda! 🙂

  4. Happy SITS Day! I recently stopped eating meat, but I think this recipe would work without the ground beef. Is there anything you would recommend doing differently if I made it without meat?

    1. Hey Alisha! Totally understand that. I would just add more carrots and red peppers to this dish to “fill” it. But really it would be fine without the meat, the beans are the star of the show in this dish. 🙂 Hope you get a chance to try it, and go luck with the “no meat” thing. Curious does that mean, fish and poultry or just red meat?

      1. Thank you! I will definitely try that. Right now I’m still eating tuna and salmon, but I might do away with those over the next few months. No red meat or poultry. I’m always looking for recipes that include beans since they are a great source of protein. This one would be great!

        1. Your welcome Alisha! Good luck with the new way of life and eating, I know it can be hard in the beginning but once you get use to it you end up feeling so much better. I know we have with just this slight way of eating Paleo. 🙂

  5. I’ve been wanting to make a homemade chili but just haven’t gotten to it yet. Yours looks yummy but I’m afraid my husband might snub his nose at it if he’s sees too many veggies. He’s so picky!

    1. haha… my dad is the same way. While they were here over Christmas I made this dish and he loved it. He did make a comment about the veggies but he said it was still good. 🙂 Men!!! Sheesh. 🙂 Can’t live with them can’t live without them. hehe Hope you have a great rest fo the week!

  6. Yep. This will be happening on the next pay day. I love love love me a good chili and absolutely SUCK at making it on the stove. Tried about 1,000 recipes and bombed every single one of them. My mother can make it from scratch and apparently didn’t pass on that gene. So I will most definitely be throwing this baby in!

    1. haha.. nice. Well hopefully after you make this one your chili recipe search will be done and you can reclaim the “gene” that was rightfully yours. 🙂 Hope you like it Kendra. P.S. if you like it hot then add 1-2 more chipotle peppers {we usually do that, I just didn’t want to blow the socks off of people buy putting that in the recipe hehe}

    1. haha.. yes it is! Plus packed with veggies, but with the heat this chili packed I can guarantee any man will down this stuff. 🙂 Its a great superbowl option! Thanks for stopping by Rabia!

    1. Thanks Lisa, your too sweet. That means alot!

      Thats what I love about this meal too, slow cooker are a life saver. Especially for a mommy! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by girl, hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

    1. Totally my favorite chili of all time, plus there are so many veggies packed into this one. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend Chris, thanks for the sweet comments!

  7. Lynn

    This looks like a fantastic recipe. I’ve searching for a chili recipe for the slow cooker with a great flavour, the chipotle should cover that. There is one ingredient I am not familiar with and I’m not sure I’ll be able to find here in Winnipeg (Canada), the can of sweet can. I’ve never heard of this ingredient, what is it? Is there something I can substitute for this?

    Thanks

    1. Oh… its a typo. It should say sweet corn not sweet can. I don’t know what that is either.. haha.. so basically you just need a can of corn to put into the chili. 🙂 Sorry for the confusion. I just updated it, good catch Lynn! Thanks so much, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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