Chili Beans


Chili Beans made with hot dog chili, dark red kidney beans, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green onions, hot peppers  and ground chili power.

This tastes a lot like the popular chili served at a prominent Mexican fast food restaurant. 

It seems no one knows where or when it originated.

However most historical writers say it certainly didn't originate in Mexico, based on an article by Charles Ramdell, a renowned historical writer, from San Antonio.

It tastes like delicious Mexican food to me.

Chili Beans Recipe

  • 1/3 recipe Hot Dog Chili
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans dark red kidney beans with liquid
  • 1 cup cooked pinto beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup green bell peppers, chopped course
  • 1/2 cup green chili or jalapeno peppers, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup onions, quartered and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • sour cream for topping (optional)
  • chopped chives for garnish (optional)

Prepare 1/3 batch of Hot Dog Chile Recipe according to directions or prepare whole recipe and use one third of the finished amount.

Mix all ingredients together, except the sour cream and chopped chives, in a medium sauce pan* and simmer on low heat stirring occasionally to prevent sticking for 20-30 minutes until mixture has thickened and vegetables are tender.

If mixture gets too thick before vegetables are done, stir in a little water.

Some brands of canned beans have more liquid than others.

When vegetables are done, remove them from heat and serve.

Top with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of chives, if desired.

Excellent breads to accompany this dish is fried (masa flour) tortillas, cornbread, or garlic toast.

May be served chilled.

*I cook this meal in a crock pot on high heat in the same amount of time.

Tip: Store leftovers in freezer jars or plastic containers with tight fitting lids.

When ready to serve, let thaw at room temperature and then heat.

Can be defrosted in the microwave.

Chili Tidbits

  1. It is considered a stew or soup.
  2. If it contains meat it is "Chili Con Carne". Many folks, including me, leave off the last two names when discussing it
  3. Commercial canned "Chili Beans" are not a type of bean.

    It is beans cooked in a sauce with the seasonings.
  4. In 1977, the State of Texas, USA, designated Chili Con Carne as their official state dish.

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