Chorizo Bean Chili

We add chorizo to a variation of our two-bean chili for a non-vegetarian, but deliciously warming, main course. We utilize a few veggies in fridge, some canned beans, and tomatoes for a quick, winter meal.

Servings and Times

Serves: 3
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

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Alternate Preparations: Hamburger Chili, Bacon and Bean Chili, Two Bean Vegetarian Chili


We start by heating a medium pot over medium heat. We defrost the chorizo for just a couple of minutes on the defrost setting of the microwave. We add the oil to the pot and then, with kitchen scissors, we slice the chorizo directly into the pot. We wash our hands and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes.

When the chorizo is getting crispy, we add the onion. We cook for just a couple of minutes and then add the red peppers. We stir and cook for 5 minutes while the vegetables soften.

Next, we add the cumin and ancho chile powders, and the garlic, and stir. We open the cans of beans, strain them, then rinse them. We add the tomatoes, beans, and water to the pot and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot with the wooden spoon. We bring the chili to a boil, lower the heat, partially cover it, and cook for about 10 minutes to meld the flavors.

We stir and taste for seasoning – it is delicious but needs a little pick-up from citrus. We do not have any limes, so we add some grapefruit juice. We serve the chili garnished with scallions, cheese, and cilantro.

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