Chili Beans

Chili Beans are a favorite of mine. This recipe I have awards at many Chili Cook-Offs. 


Chili Beans

Servings 8 servings
Calories 567 kcal
Author Laurie


  • 1- 12 ounce package pinto beans or 3 -15 oz cans of pinto beans
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1 pound cans crushed tomatoes
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 pound hamburger
  • 1/2 lb chorizo
  • 2 onion chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 4 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • Tabasco to taste
  • 1/4 cup 1/4 cup masa harina
  • 3 Tbsp white vinegar  


  • cheddar heese grated
  • onions minced
  • celentro or parsley minced


  1. Wash and pick over beans. Bring water to a boil and add beans cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and soak for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Drain and add water enough to cover beans by 2 inches, simmer 1 hour. In a large skillet fry hamburger and chorizo, cook and crumble. Add cooked meat to beans. Sauté onion, peppers, and garlic; add to beans with remaining ingredients. Add remaining ingredients.

  3. Cover and simmer adding water as needed to keep beans covered in water, cook for about 2-3 hours. Stir often.
  4. * If using a crock pot- Cover and cook on LOW for 69 to 9 hours. Let the chili beans chill overnight to allow flavors to develop. Heat the chili over moderate heat adding water as needed.

  5. This recipe freezes well. Place beans in a plastic container for the freezer, for you are ready for another day.
  6. Serve with corn bread or tortillas and small bowls of sour cream, minced green onion, grated cheddar cheese, and radishes.

Recipe Notes

If you freeze extra beans place them in sandwich size freezer bags for serving two people at a time.

Nutrition Facts
Chili Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 567 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 587mg 24%
Potassium 2630mg 75%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 20g 80%
Sugars 31g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 101%
Vitamin C 90%
Calcium 10%
Iron 76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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