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Budget Friendly Six Bean Chili Recipe

        Six Bean Chili Recipe

Serves 4-6 (or more)

Six Bean Chili Recipe

The recipe I use for my Six Bean Chili is not really a recipe, its more of a gathering of ingredients and dumping them into a pot (or crock pot as the case may be). I don’t measure anything, I just dump and simmer until I’m ready to eat. Its one of the reasons why I love this time of the year! Soups, chowders, stews and chili! Delicious foods that are budget friendly, easy to make, and warm you up on a cool (or cold) day!


I do not like spicy foods so this is not a spicy chili at all, but you can season it however you like. If spicy is your thing, I suggest adding some finely diced habanero peppers (or whatever spicy peppers you enjoy) to the mix.  Chili is so versatile, and you can be really creative. Use whatever beans you prefer, any ground meat will work, and add whatever vegetables you like. Mild, medium or HOT! Its totally up to you!


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  • 1 lb ground beef, pork, chicken, etc ( I use ground beef/pork mix)
  • 1 lb button mushroom, cleaned (I quartered them, but you can cut them in half or leave whole if preferred)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, any colour, diced
  • Prepared Pasta Sauce – 680 ml (use your favourite, I prefer the Garlic & Herb variety)
  • 1 can Six Bean Medley (chick peas, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, white kidney beans, romano beans and baby lima beans)
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes (I prefer the Italian seasoned ones)
  • Seasoning and spices: Oregano, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Black Pepper, Chili Powder
  • I also added in 1/2 a large diced tomato because I had it in the fridge and didn’t want it to go to waste

Method: (dump and go)

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  • Brown the ground beef in a large pot, stirring frequently and breaking up any large chunks (you want it crumbly, not chunky). If you like onions (I don’t) add diced onion and cook with beef.
  • Add seasoning to taste (approximately 1 tsp each Oregano, Garlic and Onion powder, 2 tsp Chili powder, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp salt)
  • Add Pasta sauce and diced tomatoes, stir well, and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low
  • Add mushrooms, bell pepper and diced tomatoes.
  • Let simmer for at least 1 hour, or several hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Adjust seasoning/spices to taste.
  • If using crock pot, brown the beef (and onion) until cooked, then add to crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for about 4 hours.

Six Bean Chili

I serve with grated cheddar cheese and dinner buns. The Six Bean Chili makes enough for 4-6 generous portions, emphasis on generous.  Including cheese and buns, this can be made for under $15





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  1. Darren Scrubb

    SIx bean Chili makes a soup that I am sure would taste very good .

  2. This recipe looks so delicious.It’s one of my favorite comfort foods that I make all winter.Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe here.

  3. Alison Braidwood

    I really like that this uses canned beans that most of us have on hand. It means I’m much more likely to make this regularly.

  4. Julie

    Love chili too, so easy and delicious, love the idea of the 6 bean medley, good call!

  5. Sherry K

    Very similar to what we do here. I like spicy and the Aylmer Accents has a spicy one that is really good.

  6. Terry Perron

    Love Chili on a cold winter day, this would we great after a day on the snowmobile. Put it in the crock and come home to dinner done.

  7. Treen Goodwin

    Looks and sounds scrumptious , thanks for sharing , i will def be trying it out , thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  8. Debbie S.

    This sounds like a family friendly recipe that the kids would love too. I don’t like my food spicy either. This sounds like an economical meal.

  9. janine a

    looks delicious! will have to try for sure 🙂 thanks for sharing

  10. Elizabeth Vlug

    Looks like a great recipe. I had no idea that you could buy a beef/pork mix. Where have I been? Thanks for sharing.

  11. Julie Waldron

    This sounds like a great and easy recipe for cold winter evenings.

  12. Janet M

    I love the recipe. It is a bit different from the one I use and I will experiment.

  13. Doris Humber

    This recipe looks fantastic! I love chili!!

  14. Corrina Paisley

    This would be a fantastic recipe/meal to can for future meals!

  15. Marilyn Legault

    I’m saving this for a good winter soup recipe, thanks.

  16. Treen Goodwin

    oh yummy looks so good , i will def be trying your recipe , i like a change from time to time ! easy and quick is what i like !

  17. Elaine Buonsante

    This chili recipe is great for this crisp autumn season.

  18. Donnas

    My chili is a dump and go recipe too. I don’t measure. But there are two people in this household who don’t like beans in their chili. So I always have to take some out of the pot for them before I add the beans.

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  20. Terri Baker

    This sounds super easy and really delicious!

  21. janine a

    looks great! will make tonight for this cold fall day! 🙂

  22. Tammy Dalley

    I love chilli! Its super easy to make and little ingredients! This recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing

  23. I love a good chili recipe!! This looks so comforting!

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