Susan's 3-Bean Chili

Susan Feliciano


The 3 beans make this colorful, and the chorizo makes it flavorful. Adjust the heat to your personal taste by increasing or decreasing the chili powder, ancho chili peppers, or red pepper flakes. You can also add a small jar of Jalapeño peppers, which is how my family likes it.

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6 or more


20 Min


1 Hr


Stove Top


1 lb
coarsely ground chuck or round steak
1 lb
spanish chorizo sausage
1 large
3 clove
garlic, minced
3 Tbsp
chili powder (more or less)
1 1/2 Tbsp
ground cumin (more or less)
1 tsp
salt (more or less to taste)
1 tsp
black pepper (more or less to taste)
1/2 to 1 tsp
red pepper flakes (more or less)
1 tsp
ground ancho chili peppers (more or less)
1 c
beef broth or tomato juice
1 large
can red enchilada sauce
cans ro-tel tomatoes and green chilies
1 can(s)
black beans with liquid
1 can(s)
dark red kidney beans with liquid
1 can(s)
pinto beans with liquid

Directions Step-By-Step

Use a large, heavy-bottomed dutch oven to prepare the chili. Over medium heat, brown and cook the beef, chorizo sausage, and chopped onion. Break the sausage into small pieces and cook and stir until everything is fairly uniform in size.
Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and ancho chili peppers until meat mixture is coated with the seasonings. Add the broth or tomato juice. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.
Stir in enchilada sauce, ro-tel tomatoes and green chilies, and the three cans of beans with their liquid. Stir well, then simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes. Be sure to simmer slowly and stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
We like to serve our chili with accompaniments - which is half the fun of eating chili! Dish up some chili into a bowl over a few crumbled Fritos or tortilla chips. Top with shredded monterey jack cheese and sour cream. Even add some chopped green onions, avocado, and pico de gallo if you like. Be creative, and enjoy. (Also good served the American way with crumbled saltines, or served over spaghetti noodles "Cincinnati Style."

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Chili
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southwestern
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #sausage, #chorizo