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Beef and Three-Bean Chili

Scott Phillips

Servings: 6 to 8

One thing I always add to chili is beans. I know that’s anathema in some parts of the country (I’m looking at you, Texas), but I like the texture and flavor that beans provide and how, when mashed up a bit, they help to thicken the chili.


  • 4-1/2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 lb. beef sirloin tips or lean chuck steak, trimmed of excess fat, and cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 2 to 4 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 fresh poblano chile, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh yellow bell pepper
  • 2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 3/4 cup hard cider
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups beef broth (homemade or lower-salt store-bought)
  • 2-1/3 cups cooked pink beans (home-cooked or canned from one 19 oz. can, rinsed and drained)
  • 2-1/3 cups cooked black beans (home-cooked or canned from one 19 oz. can, rinsed and drained)
  • 2-1/3 cups cooked dark red kidney beans (home-cooked or canned from one 19 oz. can, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 1 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • Garnishes: diced red onion, grated Cheddar, diced tomato, chopped fresh jalapeños, lime wedges

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 630
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 220
  • Fat (g): 25
  • Saturated Fat (g): 9
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Cholesterol (mg): 85
  • Sodium (mg): 590
  • Carbohydrates (g): 55
  • Fiber (g): 15
  • Protein (g): 48


  • Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a heavy-duty 6-quart pot over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Pat the beef dry, and season with 1-1/2 tsp. salt and 3/4 tsp. pepper. Cook half of the beef, undisturbed, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook, turning occasionally, until well browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large plate. Add another 1 Tbs. oil to the pot, and brown the remaining beef; transfer to the plate along with any liquid from the pot.
  • Add the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. of oil, the onion, and garlic to the pot. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the poblano, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, tomato paste, thyme, coriander, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the cider, turn the heat up to high, and cook, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any browned bits, until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the broth and bring to a simmer.
  • Turn the heat down to medium low. Purée 1-1/2 cups of the beans in a blender or food processor, adding a little stewing liquid as needed, and then stir the puréed beans into the stewing liquid in the pot. Return the beef, along with any accumulated juice, to the pot. Add the remaining whole beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender, about 1 hour. If the chili gets too thick, thin it with a little water.
  • Add the corn to the chili and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the vinegar, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with the garnishes.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • Mikepara | 03/28/2019

    Amazing. Used 2 lbs ground beef and a quart of chicken broth. Finely chopped serrano chili. And, cooked for about 3 hrs.

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    wlundycan | 02/04/2015

    An excellent chili; well received by a variety of guests. One tweak I made was (in para. 5) rather than simmer, I bagged the chili (2 gallon-sized bags) and cooked sous-vide (with my new Anova cooker) at 140F for 24 h. The meat was incredibly tender, and still had a little pinkish cast.

  • DarWindsor | 02/02/2015

    I am an intermediate home cook, but have never made chili before. I made the Chili con Carne, from Mr. Rosenfeld's chili (beef and three-bean chili)Feb/Mar 2014, FC# 127 issue. The chili turns out fabulous - my family loves it, spicy enough but not overly spicy. Will be making it again - creating my own chili recipe following his steps.Thank you for your many fabulous recipes in each FC issue.

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    TheMomChef | 02/19/2014

    I didn't make this exact recipe, but instead used the 'Create Your Own Recipe' section of the magazine to make my own version. It was absolutely amazing. Best chili we've ever eaten. You can read my full review at: http://bit.ly/1m9r7CM

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