Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili

Chunky, flavorful Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili is a hearty bowl of comfort food goodness, easy to adjust to your preferred spice level and delicious topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 446kcal
Author Samantha Skaggs


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cans (15-ounces each)black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 can (15-ounces)pinto beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 can (15-ounces)kidney beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce minced (remove the seeds for less heat)
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce more or less to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can (14.5-ounces) can fire-roasted (or regular) diced tomatoes
  • 1 bottle (12-ounces)dark beer such as Shiner Bock or Negro Modelo (or you may substitute beef broth)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

For Serving:


    • Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until it is cooked through. Drain the grease and season with the salt and pepper to taste.
    • In a large slow cooker, combine the cooked ground beef, black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, chiptole pepper, adobo sauce, garlic, diced tomatoes, beer, chili powder, cumin, coriander, Mexican oregano, and paprika. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 3 to 4 hours. Adjust the seasonings with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, a pinch of shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of cilantro.


    Recipe reprinted from Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers cookbook, Page Street Publishing Company, by Samantha Skaggs.


    Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1274mg | Potassium: 1182mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1130IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 8.3mg