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Three Bean Chilli

Three Bean Chilli

We all need an easy chilli bean recipe in our books. I might be a bit biased but I have to say we have one close to perfection here. I came up with a delicious three bean chilli recipe that's ready in a few minutes and I'm sure you and your whole family will love it. You get a bunch of nourishing ingredients and hearty flavours all in the same bowl. 

Since we know that nothing beats a good bowl of chilli, especially now that summer days are coming to an end. The weather is still nice but we want to start trying and testing our fall recipes. Why so early? Because fall food can be incredibly delicious, heartwarming, and we love to cozy up to a bowl of yummy food all year round. 

I wasn't a huge fan of chilli, not the actual dish but the idea of chilli. I guess the concept of having beans simmered in chilli sauce always scared me a bit. I'm not good with spicy food so I didn't want to risk it. At some point in my life, I got ahold of a non-spicy bowl of this amazing food and I was sad to realise what had I been missing on. 

Three Bean Chilli ingredients

I was really amazed by the blast of earthy, savoury, and bold flavours found in this dish. It's packed with protein and fiber, and you can add a bunch of veggies to get an extra kick of nutrients in there. And that's exactly what we are doing with this three bean chilli dish. 


Chilli originated form the working class in Southern Texas, the ingredients were very basic and affordable. And like many other meals made by and for the working class, chilli is both nourishing and filling. You can have it as a side but I usually serve it as a main. 

This easy chilli recipe is made with a few different ingredients. I added extra tomatoes, red bell pepper, and corn kernels. But you can add pretty much anything, for example, mushrooms and potatoes are great for chilli as well. 

saute onion and red bell pepper

What makes or breaks our three bean chilli recipe is the seasoning. Here is where the explosion of flavours come from. We've included all sorts of different seasonings from maple syrup to paprika to cacao. We needed to find the perfect blend to get the exact flavour without having your mouth go on fire.

Finally, I included vegan cheese in this recipe but that's optional. I like sprinkling a bit to each bowl. But I've found whenever I do so, my son just keeps adding more and more without touching the chilli. So, to avoid issues later on, I either stir it in quickly so it melts or I just go without it. 

Our easy chilli recipe is a great way to make your life easier as a vegan. With this three bean chilli you will pack on a ton of nutrients and protein in a simple, delicious, and incredibly flavourful meal! 

Three Bean Chilli close up

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Gluten, Tomatoes


For the chilli

  • 1 cup black beans (rinsed)
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 dash cinnamon ground
  • ½ tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans (rinsed)
  • 2 cups crushed tomato
  • ½ tbsp dried smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 dash ground cumin
  • ½ tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsps tomato paste
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup white beans (rinsed)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (sliced)

For the topping

  • 1 cup vegan cheddar (shredded)

For the bread

  • 4 slices whole grain bread (toasted)


  1. Preheat the olive oil in a big pot and roast the onion for about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and roast for about 30 sec. to one minute.
  3. Add the bell pepper, and roast for about 5 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients for the chilli and the spices.
  4. Let the chilli simmer and stir occasionally, adjust taste before serving and serve with toasted bread, enjoy!

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