Kim’s Hearty Three Bean & Beef Chili

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1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 ½ cups chopped onions

1 to 2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 pound ground lean pork, ground beef round, ground beef sirloin or ground turkey

1 can (15 oz.) light kidney beans

1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans

1 can (15 oz.) red beans

2 cans (14.5 to 15 oz.) diced tomatoes

3 cans (15 oz.) tomato sauce

¼ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons black pepper

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 tablespoons chili powder

½ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

6 to 12 drops hot red pepper sauce


Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and ground meat. Cook until beef or turkey is crumbled and cooked thoroughly. Carefully drain grease. Drain all canned beans and rinse to remove sodium. Add beans to onion-meat mixture along with all other ingredients. Stir well. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 30 to 45 minutes.

Makes about 16 cups (8 servings of 2-cups each) 340 calories per 2-cup serving.

Recipe created by Kim Galeaz, RD CD

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