Beef and Red Bean Chili


If you usually make chili with ground beef, try chuck roast for a change. This is a perfect slow cooker main dish recipe for the busy Christmas season.

Beef and Red Bean Chili
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
1 hr
Slow Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs 25 mins
8 (1-cup) servings


  • 1 cup dry red beans or dry red kidney beans

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 pound boneless beef chuck pot roast, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion

  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained

  • 1 14.5 ounce can reduced-sodium beef broth

  • 2 - 3 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce

  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¾ cup finely chopped red sweet pepper (optional)

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Rinse beans. Place beans in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand for 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add half of the meat and the onion; cook and stir until meat is browned. Transfer to a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker using a slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining meat. Stir tomato sauce, tomatoes, broth, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, oregano, and cumin into mixture in slow cooker. Drain and rinse the beans; stir into mixture in cooker.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. If desired, top individual servings with sweet pepper and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

288 Calories
7g Fat
24g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 288
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 702mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Protein 31g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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