Three Bean Chili with Homemade Chili Seasoning

Super flavorful and easy to make, this three-bean chili has become an instant favorite in our house, and using homemade chili seasoning means you have more control over what goes in it, too!

Three Bean Chili | Taste As You Go

Updated on September 5, 2022. 

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Let me start by saying that I'm unbelievably grateful for my food blogger friends. 

When I'm suffering from a lack of motivation or inspiration in the kitchen, I know I can turn to their blogs to get meal suggestions and ideas for our weekly Menu Plans

As much as I love cooking, there are times when my brain simply can't figure out what to make for dinner.

Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go

When I saw Kristen's post on Dine & Dish about her family's new "favorite chili recipe," I did two things -- I immediately added the chili to our Menu Plan and I challenged myself to develop a recipe for homemade chili seasoning that I could use in the chili itself. 

That way, I could build off of Kristen's inspiration.

Browned Ground Beef | Taste As You Go

To start, brown some ground beef in a large Dutch oven. (You can also use ground chicken or turkey if you prefer.)

Chopped Green Bell Peppers, Minced Garlic, and Chopped Onion | Taste As You Go

Add chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, and minced garlic to the beef.

Kumato Tomatoes | Taste As You Go

Chopped Kumato Tomatoes | Taste As You Go

Next, add some chopped tomatoes. 

Since I already had Kumato tomatoes in the refrigerator, I just used those. They're going to cook down with the rest of the ingredients, so the color isn't a huge factor here. 

After the tomatoes, add tomato sauce and beef broth. Using broth will help the overall flavor of the chili, but you can use water in a pinch.

Cannellini Beans | Taste As You Go

Pinto Beans | Taste As You Go

Dark Red Kidney Beans | Taste As You Go

Time to add the beans! 

I used a combination of cannellini beans, pinto beans, and dark red kidney beans, which is slightly different than the combination that Kristen used. 

This recipe is forgiving and easily adaptable, so go ahead and use the types of beans that you like the most. When my mother made chili, she'd use both dark red and light red kidney beans... Really, it's all a matter of personal preference.

Add a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies and a 1/4 cup of homemade chili seasoning (or the contents of one 1.25-ounce package of prepared seasoning) and mix gently to combine. 

Allow all of the ingredients to cook together over medium heat until the vegetables are tender and then serve.

Three Bean Chili | Taste As You Go

Be warned... The smell of chili cooking is highly intoxicating. Don't be surprised if you burn your mouth on the chili while attempting to sneak a spoonful.

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