Chili with Chipotle {3 Bean Recipe}

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After a Dailey Method or Pilates workout I crave a meal that's hearty, healthy and enriched with protein.  (On a side note if you haven't checked out the dailey method, I suggest you do!)

Eating healthy can be, well, slightly boring and monotonous.  I love salads, grilled veggies, quinoa and raw foods; although sometimes these can be on the light side.  After a hard workout protein is what your body craves.  Chili is hearty, healthy and veggie filled...everything your muscles need.

A hearty chili meal isn't a "real" chili without its partner in crime...corn bread.  If you want to avoid unwanted calories, skip the corn bread; although I wouldn't recommend it!

My chili is super simple, quick and easy to adapt. 


3 Bean Chili

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 onion, diced, plus 1/4 cup for garnish
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon 21 seasoning salute (from trader joes) *Optional*
1 bay leaf
1.2 lbs lean ground beef/turkey
2 1/2 cups water
4 cups diced tomatoes ( I used Pomi brand)
1 chipotle pepper (in adobo sauce), minced
2 1/2 teaspoons adobo sauce
1 can organic kidney beans, rinsed
1 can organic black beans, rinsed
1 can organic pinto beans, rinsed
salt and pepper to taste
sour cream, garnish
cheddar cheese, grated, for garnish

Heat olive oil and garlic in a  dutch oven (or heavy saucepan) over medium-high heat, until fragrant.  Add the onions, red/green bell pepper and carrots, stirring until soft, about 10 minutes.  Stir in cumin, thyme and oregano stirring for 1minute.  Add bay leaf, 21 seasoning salute and beef.  Cook beef until no longer pink.  Pour water, diced tomatoes, adobo sauce and chipotle pepper.  Cook partially covered for 30 minutes.

Add black, pinto and kidney beans to chili, cook for an additional 20-25 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately, garnishing with cheddar cheese, diced onions and sour cream.


  1. I adore a good bean chili but I haven't had one in so long! Thanks for the reminder Katie :) Gorgeous photos as always!

    By the way, I've never heard of the Daily Method, but it sounds interesting. I'm going to read up more on it. I have very bad knees so I'm intrigued as to whether this is something I could do in conjunction with my yoga. Thanks for sharing :D

  2. This sounds wonderful, Katie. All of the flavors and spices...perfect for a not-boring healthy meal!

  3. Mmm, chili is one of my favorite meals. I definitely agree with the cornbread :D I love the chipotle in your chili, I don't usually do that, but I bet it adds a great flavor and spiciness.

  4. Great additions to the chili!

  5. My dad laughed at me because I took after my mom and HAVE to have my chili with corn bread. Yum, this is definitely one I will be trying.

  6. I have seen a lot of chili recipe around lately! Love your version, too.

  7. Beautiful and hearty. Great chili Katie. And your photos are stunning. xx

  8. You got me in the mood for a big bowl of chili! Love the combination of the different beans. I think this may be in my kitchen this weekend! :)

  9. I love Chili, the best part is the corn bread, lol

  10. Now I want chili! This sounds perfect after a fun workout:-) Hugs, Terra

  11. I definitely fall into the "bean camp"when it comes to chili so this is right up my alley!

  12. Chili never looked prettier! It sounds delicious too.

  13. Mmmhhh, a perfect chili! It looks so comforting and satisfying. Perfect with cornbread.



  14. Mmmm... I've never tried chili before, and I can't wait!

    Drool-worthy photos of delicious recipe :)

  15. This looks amazing. And I love the chipotle in there - I just got a can and this looks like the perfect use for it!

  16. Since I do not eat meat, it is all about the beans for me...great flavors here and would be just as lovely veggie style :)


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