Famous Food Critic Shares His Beloved 6 Bean Chili Recipe

Oct 20, 2023 | Main Courses

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There is something undeniably comforting about a warm bowl of chili. The hearty combination of flavors and textures, the richness of the spices, and the satisfyingly tender beans create a symphony of comfort that always manages to bring a smile to my face. I’ve been experimenting with different chili recipes over the years, but my favorite one has always been the 6 Bean Chili.

This particular recipe has a special place in my heart, not only because of its mouthwatering taste but also because of the unique story behind it. Legend has it that this chili recipe was created by a group of cowboys on a long cattle drive in the Wild West. They were running low on supplies but managed to gather six different types of beans from the wild, which became the foundation of this extraordinary recipe. The cowboys shared this delicious concoction around the campfire, savoring every spoonful after a hard day’s work. Ever since then, the 6 Bean Chili has been passed down through generations, bringing warmth and joy to countless families.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


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Step 1: Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, and diced bell peppers. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Add the minced jalapeno pepper and ground beef to the pot. Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until it is browned and cooked through.

Step 3: Stir in the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Step 4: Add all the drained and rinsed beans to the pot. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine all the flavors.

Step 5: Reduce the heat to low and let the chili simmer, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. You can let it simmer longer if desired, as the flavors only deepen and develop over time.

Step 6: Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning if needed. If you prefer a thicker chili, you can mash some of the beans with the back of a spoon to thicken the sauce.

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Step 7: Serve the 6 Bean Chili hot in bowls, garnished with your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped onions, or fresh cilantro. It pairs perfectly with cornbread or crusty bread on the side.

This 6 Bean Chili recipe is incredibly versatile and forgiving, allowing you to adapt it to your taste preferences. If you love a spicier chili, you can add additional jalapeno peppers or a pinch of cayenne pepper. For a vegetarian version, simply omit the ground beef and add more beans or your favorite meat substitute. You can even experiment with different types of beans or add vegetables like corn or zucchini to make it even heartier.

So, next time you find yourself longing for a comforting meal that brings people together, give this 6 Bean Chili a try. Let the tantalizing aroma fill your kitchen, and savor the rich flavors that have stood the test of time. It’s not just a dish; it’s a taste of history and a reminder of the power food has to connect us all.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bowl of chiliServings Per Recipe Varies

Amount Per Serving
Calories 320
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 600mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 5g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 40%
Calcium 8% Iron 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

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