1/2 cup - Yellow Onion
2 cloves - Garlic
1 each - Jalapeño or Serrano Pepper
1 can - Black Beans
1 can - Pinto Beans
1 can - Kidney Beans
1 28oz can - Crushed Tomatoes
1 cup - Beef Broth
1 cup - Beer

1 tsp - Chili Powder
1/2 tsp - Cumin
1/8 tsp - Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp - Granulated Garlic
1/2 tsp - Salt
1/4 tsp - Black Pepper


Replace beef broth with veggie broth.

Leave out peppers or substitute bell peppers if you don't like it spicy.

Leave out beer if you do not want alcohol.

Substitute the beans with fresh beans (pre-soak them and simmer for much longer).

Replace the crushed tomatoes with whole, diced or even fresh tomatoes.

Leave out the toppings to save calories.

When you live in Texas, even if it’s Austin which isn’t anything like the rest of the state, you MUST be able to make chili. While there are many traditional meatless chilis, most people will agree that it is chock-full of some type of beef. This recipe uses three types of beans to give it some variety, no oil to make it healthier and has enough punch to make you forget that there’s no meat.


    3 Bean Chili Step 1 - Mostly Meatless Almost Vegetarian Recipes

  1. Mix the chili spice ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Three Bean Chili Step 2 - Mostly Meatless Almost Vegetarian Recipes

  3. Dice onion, garlic and jalapeño / serrano and put in another small bowl.

  4. 3 Bean Chili Step 3 - Mostly Meatless Almost Vegetarian Recipes

  5. Rinse the beans in a colander until the foam disappears (less foam should equal less gas later).

  6. Three Bean Chili Step 4 - Mostly Meatless Almost Vegetarian Recipes

  7. In a soup pot or dutch oven set to medium heat on the stove, sweat the onion, garlic and pepper in 2 tbsp water until tender (4-5 minutes).

  8. 3 Bean Chili Step 5 - Mostly Meatless Almost Vegetarian Recipes

  9. Add tomatoes and beef broth to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes (or until it reaches a slow boil). You can raise the temperature to med/hi if you lack patience.

  10. Three Bean Chili Step 6 - Mostly Meatless Almost Vegetarian Recipes

  11. Add contents of chili spice bowl to the pot and stir to incorporate.

  12. 3 Bean Chili Step 7 - Mostly Meatless Almost Vegetarian Recipes

  13. Add the rinsed beans.

  14. Three Bean Chili Step 8 - Mostly Meatless Almost Vegetarian Recipes

  15. Add beer (the choice is yours but I use Lone Star or Shiner to represent). Dispose of the remaining beer as you see fit.

  16. Simmer on low for 20-30 minutes (or as long as you want). Just remember to stir every 10-15 minutes or so to avoid sticking.

  17. 3 Bean Chili Step 10 - Mostly Meatless Almost Vegetarian Recipes

  18. Optionally, serve with sour cream, cilantro and shredded cheddar. I also recommend tortilla chips for dipping.

Nutritional Analysis*

  • Nutritional Grade: B+
  • Very low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in magnesium
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in potassium
  • High in thiamin

Nutritional information is from and is shown only as a guide. While accuracy was attempted, it is not guaranteed.

*Does not include the optional sour cream, cilantro, shredded cheddar or tortilla chips.

Nutrition Facts*
Serving Size 1/8 of the batch (329g)
Servings Per Batch 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 609 Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 454mg 19%
Total Carbs 109.5g 36%
Dietary Fiber 27.9g 112%
Sugars 9.4g
Protein 38.2g
Vitamin A 22% Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 23% Iron 59%
*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet