Alberta Pulse Growers

Slow Cooker Three Bean Beef Chili

Hp1608-01 abpulse chili

  • Key Ingredient:Beans
  • Prep Time:30 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 hours
  • Serves:8 servings


2 Tbsp (30 mL)Canola Oil
1 lb (500 g)Round, Blade or Cross Rib Steak, Cubed
1 lb (500 g)Regular or Spicy Beef Sausage, Casings Removed
1Large Yellow Onion, Coarsely Chopped
3Stalks Celery, Sliced
1Red or Yellow Pepper, Diced
1Jalapeno Pepper, Seeded and Minced (Optional)
2 Tbsp (30 mL)Chili Powder, or more to taste
1 Tbsp (15 mL)Cumin
1 Tbsp (15 mL)Ground Oregano
1 tsp (5 mL)Mustard Seeds
1/8 tsp (1/2 mL)Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tbsp (30 mL)Cider Vinegar (or Regular Vinegar)
1 cup (250 mL)Beef Broth
1 cup (250 mL) Cooked Black Beans or 14 oz (398 can, drained and rinsed
1 cup (250 mL) Cooked Pinto Beans or 14 oz (398 can, drained and rinsed
1 cup (250 mL) Cooked Kidney Beans or 14 oz (398 can, drained and rinsed
28 oz (796 mL)Can Crushed Tomatoes
Boiling Water, if necessary to cover
Salt and Ground Pepper to season after cooking


Fat22 g
Saturated Fat7 g
Cholesterol81 mg
Carbohydrates34 g
Fibre10 g
Sugar3 g
Protein36 g
Sodium642 mg
Potassium1129 mg
Folate144 mcg
Calcium129 mg
Iron7 mg


1. Set slow cooker to medium or high for a total cook time of 4 to 5 hours.
2. In a deep skillet over medium, heat canola oil. Add cubed beef and brown.  Remove and add to slow cooker.
3. Add beef sausage and brown. Remove and add to slow cooker.
4. Drain half the fat from the pan. The add onion, celery, peppers, chili powder, cumin, oregano, mustard seeds and red pepper flakes to remaining fat and sauté until browned and fragrant. Add to slow cooker.
5. Reduce heat and add cider vinegar and beef broth, careful as mixture may bubble up. Stir to scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour hot liquid into slow cooker.
6. Stir black, pinto and kidney beans into the slow cooker mixture, combining well.
7. Add crushed tomatoes, and enough boiling water just to cover mixture, no more.
8. Cover and cook for 5 hours, check that beans are fully cooked and continue cooking until beans are tender, if required.

Dinner & Main Course, Beans

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