Spicy three bean chili

"Introducing the Spicy Three-Bean Chili – a hearty and flavorful dish that's sure to warm both body and soul! Packed with protein-rich beans, aromatic spices, and a kick of heat, this chili is a crowd-pleaser with a twist. I'll neither confirm nor deny that the first time I made it for my wife, I went overboard accidentally on cayenne pepper, turning our dinner into a fiery adventure we'll never forget! But fear not, this recipe has been perfected over time, ensuring a deliciously satisfying meal every time. So grab your apron and get ready for a delicious meal!"

Prep Time

15 min.

Cook Time

30-40 min.

Paired With

Main Protein



3 Beans 15 oz. Ea


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (seeds removed for less heat)

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes

2 cups vegetable broth

1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, avocado slices, cilantro


1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Add minced garlic, diced bell peppers, and jalapeno pepper to the pot. Cook for another 5 minutes, until the peppers are slightly softened.

3. Stir in chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

4. Add diced tomatoes (with their juices) and vegetable broth to the pot. Stir to combine.

5. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6. Add the drained and rinsed black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans to the pot. Stir well to combine.

7. Allow the chili to simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the flavors have melded together and the chili has thickened to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

8. Serve hot, garnished with your choice of toppings such as shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, avocado slices, and cilantro.


This Spicy Three-Bean Chili is a surefire crowd-pleaser with its bold flavors and hearty texture. The combination of different beans adds depth to the dish, while the blend of spices creates a tantalizing aroma that will have everyone’s taste buds dancing. Its ease of preparation makes it accessible to all levels of cooks, and its versatility allows for personalization with preferred toppings. Paired with a delightful red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, this chili will truly shine as a winning recipe.