SKU: Three-Bean-Chili
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Three Bean Chili Recipe
for everyone.
serves 6 to 8

This is so simple and quick to make. Using canned beans makes it fast and decent. Using dried beans to start will be even better.

Soak the beans overnight. Put it all together in the morning and by late lunch or dinner time you will have a great pot of beans. And all day your home will fill with the smell of the spices!

Using a jar of salsa instead of crushed tomatoes, adds a shortcut to flavor, but not necessary. Chili is one the great dishes where if you stay within the "lines" it will always be tasty. 

Olive oil or rice bran oil to coat the bottom of the pan

1 sweet onion chopped

3 red sweet bell peppers coarsely chopped

1 garlic head  (or garlic powder)

2 teaspoons dried cilantro 

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground tumeric

1 cup muscovado sugar or Maple Syrup

2 tablespoons Villa Jerada Harissa

12 ounces of Tomato sauce, canned tomatoes or salsa

6 ounces of Vermont or Criollo Cranberry Beans
6 ounces of Sangre de Toro Beans
6 ounces of Pinto Beans

Soak the beans overnight.
(all you need is about a pound of beans of any mix)

3 cups water

Heavy Pot like Lodge Cast Iron, Le Creuset

wooden spoon


#1: Turn heat to high on stove with pot with a little olive or rice bran oil

#2: Add onions, bell peppers, garlic - stir and turn heat down to medium high. Cook about 10 minutes stirring occasionally until onions turn and soften.

#3: Add spices and stir.

#4: Add Muscovado Sugar or Syrup

#5: Add Mehdi's Harissa

#6: For Dried beans - Drain beans and add to pot. Cover with fresh water (if using soaked dried beans), enough to cover the beans by about double their depth. With dried beans bring to a boil and then simmer medium for at least 120 minutes covered. Longer is better, it allows the beans to cook thru and the flavors to meld together. (Five hours for beans in the oven or on the stove top is much better)

For canned beans, heat together for at least 30 minutes at least to incorporate the flavors at a low simmer.

#8: Serve in bowls and season with salt and pepper to taste.

#9: top with corn bread, italian bread, and sour cream.

If you want to include ground beef in our chili, you can fry ground beef with onions.