This 4 Bean Ground Beef Chili Recipe Is Ready in Under an Hour by Donna John

Soups Beef Dinner
5 months ago

This 4 Bean Ground Beef Chili Recipe Is Ready in Under an Hour

Beans do not belong in chili. OK, they don't belong in Texas chili (my opinion). But some disagree, like my husband. This four-bean ground beef chili recipe is a compromise. To me, it's more of a bean soup than a true thick chili. Whatever you call it, it's dang good. 

You could add a can of drained whole kernel corn to the chili for more texture and color. Serve with your favorite chili toppings. A dollop of sour cream, green onions, corn chips and grated cheese are good choices. If you have time, simmer it longer for more depth of flavor.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground chorizo (optional)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper or poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (or to taste)
  • 4 cans (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) small red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (or 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained)
  • hot sauce, to taste

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the ground beef, chorizo (if using), onion, bell peppers and garlic in a large soup pot. (If using chorizo, drain some of the fat before adding seasonings.) Add the ground cumin and chili powder. 
  2. Add the tomatoes, with juice, tomato paste, lime juice, beans and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Cook at a gentle simmer for about 30 minutes. Taste and add more seasonings and hot sauce, if needed. Garnish with chopped green onion and your favorite chili toppings. 

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I didn’t know beans don’t belong in chili. I always put them in. I’m trying this recipe. 😋
Never met a chili recipe I didn’t like!

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