Chili Beans with Dry Beans

If you're a fan of a delicious bowl of chili beans, then this recipe for Homemade Chili Beans is a must-try! It combines all the traditional ingredients like ground beef, dried red beans, tomatoes, and just the right amount of heat from fresh jalapeno peppers and canned chipotle peppers. The secret to its incredible flavor lies in the long, slow simmering process.

Homemade chili beans from scratch

Ingredients – 1 pound dry red beans or 4 cans (14.5 ounces each) – 2 pounds lean (15%) ground beef chuck – 1 teaspoon sea salt – 1 large yellow onion, chopped – 4 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped – 2 green jalepeno peppers, seeded and chopped – 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro – 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) crushed tomatoes – 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste – 1 chipotle pepper – 2 cups beef stock – chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, ground black pepper, smokey paprika

We like using dry beans. If you are intimidated by the process, let me  reassure you—it’s really easy. This is how my grandma made her chili beans. She wouldn't even THINK of purchasing a can of beans because she knew how easy and more budget friendly dried beans are.

Easy chili beans with dry beans

Absolutely, dried beans can be used in this chili recipe, and it’s a fantastic way save money. Dry beans are so much more budget friendly than their canned counterparts. But if you want to skip the extra step, you can make this recipe with canned beans.

Can you use dried beans in chili?

you can use just about any type of dried beans but the best types are pinto, kidney, and black beans. Our recipe uses red kidney beans, but feel free to use what you have on hand.

Best dry beans for chili

Use a large Dutch oven  or heavy-bottomed pot. We are cooking this low and slow  to bring out all the complex flavors that make this dish so incredible.

Stove top chili with beans

this is a thick chili recipe made on the stovetop just like grandma. We have a few tips and tricks to make it more convenient than grandmas recipe. And we added a few extra spices for a more complex flavor.

Thick and Hearty

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