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My Famous Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe we are just barely getting to the middle of this week…is it draggin’ for anyone else?I’m blaming it on the sudden reappearance of winter. I guess I spoke too soon when I said the season for hot oats was over.

But at least the chilly weather gives me an excuse to make chili. When we first moved to Winston-Salem, we bribed ourselves into new friendships by purchasing a huge cable TV package and inviting people over for football and food. I threw together this chili for one get-together and it’s been requested many times since then. It’s even referred to as “Teri’s Famous Chili.” I’m so easily flattered.

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Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

(inspired by this non-vegetarian chili)

  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained & rinse
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalepeno, finely diced (to taste…I like things medium spicy, so usually use half the pepper with only
  • 1/4 cup (heaping) chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 large (or 4 average) garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • Toppings as your heart desires – cheese, sour cream (or greek yogurt), tortilla chips, avocado, etc.

There’s just one step: Throw it all into a crockpot and cook over low for at least 4 hours (or 2 hours on high if you’re in a hurry). It gets better the longer it has to cook.

[If you want to be a little fancier, you can sauté the onion in some olive oil first to release the flavor of the onion a little bit more, but it’s totally not necessary.]

I had these Tostitos chips on hand that were sent to me from Foodbuzz as part of the Tastemaker Program. They were pretty tasty. I liked the Roasted Garlic & Black Bean variety best and Rob liked the Fire-Roasted Chipotle. Perfect. I love when I don’t have to share.chips-1They kind of reminded me of a poor man’s Food Should Taste Good chips. Not as good, but great for a chip with a lot of flavor at a cheaper price. And they made a perfect topping for my chili. chili-2[Do you see what I see? Hiiii Maizey.]

What recipe do you have that is famous? And please leave a link to the recipe if you have it posted on your blog.

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61 Comments

  • Reply
    janetha @ meals and moves
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    famous! love it. i am totally going to make this. it looks amazing. my chocolate chip cookies are pretty famous.. http://mealsandmoves.wordpress.com/meals/best-chocolate-chip-cookies-ever/

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    Mama Pea
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    All people want to talk about is my balls.

    http://peasandthankyou.com/2010/11/09/having-a-ball/

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    Heather @ Side of Sneakers
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    Mmm I LOVE bean chili- it’s the most comforting food 🙂

    I can’t tell you how many batches of my healthy cinnamon rolls I’ve made… I need to figure out how to put them in the refrigerated can so I can just pop a few in the oven in the morning 😉

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    Abby
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    Sounds DELICIOUS! I’m going to make it for sure. I love easy recipes with no hassle of meat… I’m not a huge fan of cooking meat. I have a famous White Bean Chicken Chili… actually a girl on Rachel Ray made it famous but I’ve had to give it out multiple times.

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      Teri
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      mmmm – i love white bean chilis! will you send me the recipe? xoxo

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    Hannah @itty-bittykitchen
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    If my husband and relatives count as famous, I often get requests for this pizza dough, but the apple gorgonzola was my fave combo! http://www.itty-bittykitchen.com/2011/02/fantastic-friday/

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    Jill (i run i eat)
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    Now I’m kinda hoping it snows this weekend so I can make that. Or maybe I’ll make it even if it doesn’t. It looks delcious!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    totally famous to me 🙂 i love three bean chili, but i’m going to have to give yours a try!

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
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    LOVE vegetarian chili – I made a sweet potato/black bean one last week. This recipe looks great!

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    Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
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    my chocolate chip cookie bars are famous and rich and delicious! and requested by so many people it’s crazy. i love ’em!

    http://pajamachef.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/ott-chocolate-chip-cookie-bars/

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique
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    I tried the chips too. I was a fan of both flavors, although I liked the kick the chipotle ones had.

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    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
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    love the idea! I am famous for my whole-wheat chocolate chip pumpkin bread. Amazing stuff 🙂

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
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    I love a meal that can be thrown in the crockpot! My husband and friends always love when I make Italian Mac n cheese. I’ve even made it in big freezer batches.

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    Midlife Cruiser
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    A “secret ingredient” I add to my chili is a square of dark chocolate. Sooo gooood!

    I’m famous for my pasta alla carbonara 🙂

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      Teri
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      ooooh – I’ve got to try that!

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    aubry bennion
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    mmm. can i have two? i really do have two signature aubry recipes:

    french toast and buttermilk syrup {seriously, every utahn has had buttermilk syrup, but it’s really the super fluffy – with flour! – french toast recipe that makes this fab} http://justlikemarypoppins.blogspot.com/2010/06/freeeeench-toast.html

    and

    banana bread {there is SUCH a good story attached to this post. promise it’s worth the click.} http://www.justcookalready.com/2010/12/banana-bread.html

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      Teri
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      your french toast sounds amazing. and apparently i’m not from utah because i didn’t know that every utahn had their own buttermilk syrup.

      that banana bread story is classic. and terrible. and the bread looks incredible.

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    aubry bennion
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    by the way – totally using this question as next week’s who what where when why wednesday. what is “your” recipe.

    love it

  • Reply
    Jessica @ How Sweet
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    This chili sounds fabulous!!

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    Grant
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    This is perfect in cold days here in my country.. i wanna try it, my family
    will love it.. thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      you’re welcome! hope you like it!

  • Reply
    Lauren
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    I love a good chili recipe. This sounds fantastic.

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
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    My fudge is pretty “famous” among friends and family. Secret recipe though! 😀

    That chili does look amazing. I’ve been having lots of soup this week because of the new chill too.

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      Teri
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      you can’t taunt me with that fudge and not share the recipe! 🙂

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
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    I guess it would have to be my spelt pumpkin/carrot muffins that Emily featured! And I’ve been craving chili for weeks now, this is making me SO hungry.

    http://bloggingoverthyme.com/2010/10/25/healthy-carrot-pumpkin-spelt-muffins/

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    Kelly
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    YUM! I am personally not ready for summer…although that is because I am in Texas and I am not ready for the 110 temps. I hate that it is March and we hit 90 last week! UGH!

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    Pure2raw Twins
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    this looks great!

    i have never really been a fan of chili, well soups/stews in general. But on cold rainy days they always are comforting 🙂

    I guess you could say we have become known for our socca recipes 🙂 http://www.pure2raw.com/socca-tribute/

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      Teri
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      yes, you’re definitely famous for your socca recipes! I STILL need to make it!

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    Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)
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    Oh wow, this chili looks fabulous- especially for a cold, rainy day like today! Where did spring go?

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    natalie (the sweets life)
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    yum. you can never go wrong with chili! i have a few recipes on my blog that are famous and are my mom’s…gotta love mom recipes 🙂
    Her granola: http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/02/best-ever-homemade-granola.html
    Her praline mix: http://www.thesweetslife.com/2009/09/praline-party-mix.html

    And this recipe of mine has become famous in my mom’s opinion…she makes it every time they have a little get together!
    http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/06/candy-bar-cookie-bars.html

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      Teri
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      holy cow, that granola sounds amazing!!!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
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    Chili is by far one of my favorite meals ever – As for me, I love making my pumpkin maple quinoa granola!!

    http://cleaneatingchelsey.com/2010/10/03/pumpkin-maple-quinoa-granola/

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    [email protected]
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    Mmmmm this sounds sooo delicious!! I’m a big sucker for tomatoey gooey stuff 🙂 haha, idon’t think I have a famous one! but I guess the one that has been frequented is the http://fitforthesoul.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/quick-protein-pineapple-upside-down-cake/ and http://fitforthesoul.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/stuffed-cottage-french-toast/? 😛 Mazey’s eyes look so cute and sneaky! hehe

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    Johnny Palmer
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    So.many.ingredients. That must take some time to shop just for the one chili

    • Reply
      Teri
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      there are a lot of ingredients but most of them are spices that are already in the cupboard! 🙂

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    Kristin
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    These definitely made me famous when I shared them with my friends at work! Homemade Twix bars that are to die for: http://sweetersidekb.blogspot.com/2011/02/best-dessert-ive-ever-made.html

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    Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn
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    Chili is my favorite!! I am craving osme, this is poifectt:)

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    LauraJayne
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    It’s totally chilly here (read: not spring) and I’ve been craving soup! This looks delicious!

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    Katie
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    I love one step recipes! This looks delicious…and it’s snowed 2 days in a row here, so chili sounds wonderful. 🙂

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    [email protected] Dishes Daily
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    I make an amazing deviled eggs…it’s always a random crowd pleaser.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I always forget about deviled eggs but love them!

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    BroccoliHut
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    I love your mix of spices in this recipe!
    I guess I’m kinda famous for my scrambled tofu:
    http://thebroccolihut.com/recipes-scrambled-tofu/

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I just recently tried scrambled tofu and love it! I’ll have to try your version.

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    [email protected]
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    I also have a famous chili recipe! It’s made with bulgur wheat, so it gets that meaty-thick texture without the meat. I just checked, but unfortunately have not posted it to my blog thus far. I’m sure it could be worked into an existing chili recipe, though.

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      Teri
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      oooh, good idea to add bulgur wheat to it!

  • Reply
    Ashley
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    Maple cinnamon almond butter!!!! Definitely my most made + raved about recipe. I might just have to make this chili while we have no kitchen! <3

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    Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle)
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    this looks wonderful! I’ll have to make it soon! Especially since its famous, youcant see that kind of recipe and not give it a try! 😉

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    holly
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    you are the cutest ever.

    your law prom outfit was ADORBS! i am so glad we could help you out via twitter. and that house of harlow ring is TO DIE FOR! loves.

    this chili doesn’t look so bad either…

    p.s. downloaded boxcar and LOVE it!

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      Teri
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      why thank you! 🙂

      so glad you like boxcar! it’s saving me from my inbox since i unsubscribed from all email notifications in twitter and facebook and just see them in boxcar.

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    kelly bean
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    I just had to give you props and kudos galore! I tweaked of your chili on Sunday and it was PHENOMENAL!!! It was so ridonkulously easy and so, so good! So I just wanted to say Thank You!

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      Teri
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      oh yay!!! I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for telling me!

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    janetha @ meals and moves
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    i have had this on my list since you posted it, and i am finally having it tomorrow 🙂

  • Reply
    Marie
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    Hi Teri, I was searching for a spicy three bean chili and came across your site. After looking at the ingredients, I just wanted to make sure you meant 3 stalks of celery and not three sticks of celery? Thanks!

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    Jenna
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    Yum!! So glad you shared this! I’m going to make it this weekend! 🙂 Happy New Year!!

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