Six Bean Chili Recipe
Serves 4-6 (or more)
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!
- 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)
- 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.
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