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Chili Contest: Entry #4 – Three Bean and Beef Chili (Crock Pot)

I’m really excited for this weekend. This weekend will include chili, football, and most importantly, no work (and no work DURING the Illini game).

I have my priorities very, very straight. College football season is my very favorite time of year and between travel and working weekends, this weekend can’t come soon enough. College football and I have not bonded in far too long.

The entries into this year’s chili contest have been thoroughly enjoyed…on football Saturdays 😉 This particular recipe was hearty with lots and lots of beans. Black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans, creating a fiber-packed chili offering 9.8 grams of fiber per cup! I also loved that this chili was lower in sodium (Remember, draining and rinsing the beans reduces the sodium in the beans by 40%!) and low in fat — only 3.2 grams per cup!

With the cayenne in this recipe, there is a kick. However, the heat hits you right away and diminishes very quickly. I love the addition of celery for a special crunch that makes this chili very unique.


Three Bean and Beef Chili (Crock Pot) adapted from A Foodie Stays Fit

1 lb ground beef, 96% lean
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 (28 oz) can no salt added diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp cayenne pepper


Brown ground beef in a frying pan until nearly cooked through.

Add all ingredients to the crock pot, mix well and cook on low for 8 hours. Yield: 12 cups.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 226 calories; 3.2 g. fat; 20 mg. cholesterol; 535 mg. sodium; 29.7 g. carbohydrate; 9.8 g. fiber; 18.6 g. protein

Result: Healthy, spicy, and simple to make! If you love beans and heat, this is the chili for you! Between the lean protein and loads of fiber, this chili provides lots of staying power! Enjoy!


For this weekend’s Illini game, I am making a vegetarian chili entry! Our weekend guests are vegetarians (well, one is and the other by default most of the time 😉 ) and I’ve been saving that chili entry for their visit. 😀

But…it’s only Thursday. Off to teach, workout, and make a delicious dinner!

Question: What’s your favorite variety of bean?


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  1. Gina (The Candid RD)
    October 27, 2011 / 6:58 am

    OH I should submit my pumpkin chili recipe to your contest!! Is it too late???
    I’ll admit, I do not like vegetarian chili. I need some meat in my chili, always. Although, tempeh in a chili doesn’t sound so bad. I bet I could eat it with that. Anyway, enjoy the game this weekend. Ours is late (8pm) and Nick and I are getting lobster from MD ($10 each!!!!). I can’t wait.

    • Nicole
      October 27, 2011 / 8:39 am

      I read that about your lobster and I am so jealous! And I do think you should serve it with potatoes of some kind ๐Ÿ˜‰ As for the contest, entries were due in mid-August, pre-season…but I’d love to try your chili anyways! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    October 27, 2011 / 6:59 am

    I’m a big fan of using the variety of beans in chili. And I usually use more black beans than any other- they’re my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m doing a chili variety myself this weekend. Because I’m craving it and because I assume I’ll feel lazy for most of Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. teri @ managed macros
    October 27, 2011 / 8:28 am

    I am posting vegetarian chili tonight…I hope you check it out! I love the hearty meaty chili too but the vegetarian is just a great alternative to the traditional! Chili….the best thing about this time of year!! Have a super fball weekend!

  4. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    October 27, 2011 / 8:50 am

    Yay so glad it was a hit! I LOOOVE all the beans in there. So sweet of you to save the vegetarian chilii for your friends this weekend. Have a good one!

  5. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 27, 2011 / 9:30 am

    Looks delish! Hmm…hard question! I think my favorite bean is kidney. Yum!

  6. Mac
    October 27, 2011 / 10:31 am

    Just wanted to comment that I LOVE that you put “crock pot” in your title… totally caught my eye and I love things that are easy ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Lindsey
    October 27, 2011 / 11:26 am

    My husband is going to LOVE this. He likes his chili straightforward and with a lot of beef and this totally fits the bill.

  8. Kristen @ swanky dietitian
    October 27, 2011 / 11:44 am

    This looks amazing!
    Chili and football just go hand in hand, don’t they !
    As for beans, I like them all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Regan @ The Professional Palate
    October 27, 2011 / 12:34 pm


    Have I mentioned my Football Friday blog hop to you yet? I don’t remember knowing you were a football fan. If you’re interested (and in case I haven’t mentioned before) I’m hosting a football friday bloghop all football season long… open to any/all tailgating/tablegating recipes. Would love to have you link up!

  10. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    October 27, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    I love celery in chili. I always add it because I like to have crunch in my food.

  11. Rachel @ Bakerita
    December 5, 2011 / 1:58 am

    Oooh, chili is one of my favorite foods and while I have my go to recipe, I love trying new varieties for when I feel like shaking it up!
    Can’t wait to try this, there’s nothing better than braised meat and beans. Yummy!

  12. Jessica
    December 31, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    What sizes are the cans of the beans?

    • Nicole, RD
      December 31, 2012 / 3:33 pm

      14.5 or 15 ounces each ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. sugsnah moncrease
    September 1, 2013 / 10:37 am

    Loved the recipe made it last night . Was looking for chilli with low sodium but still taste great. Can’t wait to see What u post next

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