3-Bean Chili (A One-pot, Crock-pot Fave)

Recently, I asked what kinds of recipes people were interested in for their everyday lives. What I got back was:

√One-Pot

√Crock-Pot

√Low-Cal/Low-Fat

I think I found the perfect recipe to fit ALL of these needs! It’s requirements are minimal – one crock-pot, one can-opener, one spoon. Check out the recipe and health stats below.

3-Bean Chili

  • 1 can plain tomatoes (diced or crushed)
  • 1 can Chili – ready tomatoes (diced or crushed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
  • 1 can Ranch-Style Beans
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 can Kidney Beans
  • Chili powder or 1 packet of Chili seasonings

This recipe is a one-pot, crock-pot sensation. Open all cans. Drain Black and Kidney Beans (and rinse, if desired). Add all ingredients to crock-pot. If using Chili Powder, instead of a chili seasoning packet, start by sprinkling chili powder over the top of the mixture. You can always add more chili powder later. Stir.

Here’s the beauty of this recipe — you can set it and forget it for however long you need! If dinner is in less than 2 hours, set it on high for 4 hours; if dinner is in 3-4 hours, set it on high for 6 hours. If you’re making this in the morning, set it on low. Everything in the pot is pre-cooked, so the slow cooking of the crock-pot is just so all the flavors combine!

This easily makes 5-6 regular size servings. I used Great Value brand for everything except the Ranch-Style beans, and the total cost was only $6 – $7.

Bonus: This freezes amazingly well! Freeze your left-overs or make a double batch for next week!

Nutrition (based on 6 servings, and my ingredients):

  • Calories: 255
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbs: 46 g
  • Protein: 14.5 g

Variations and Tips

  • Play with the ingredients!  Use your favorite beans! Chick-peas (garbanzo beans) are a great addition or substitute. Add dry lentils for a nutrition boost or meat to bulk up the meal.
    • Adding onions or other veggies? Chop them into bite size (or smaller) pieces and soften them on the stove first. Onions especially won’t soften the same way in a crock-pot that they on the stove.
    • Need meat? Go for it! Ground sausage, turkey, and beef all taste great in tomato-based chili. Just remember to pre-cook your meat before adding it to your crock-pot.
    • Using dried lentils? Add just the beans, lentils, and seasonings to the crock-pot. Set to cook on low for 8 – 10 hours. Then, add your tomato sauce and tomatoes and heat for 5 – 10 minutes (until the chili is heated through). Lentils just won’t soften right in tomato products.
    • Feel free to take out a can of tomatoes and to add a can of sauce!

Check out my other Chili recipes:

3-Ingredient Chili

Super Easy Chili

Easy Chili Bake

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