Fabulous Friday: Three Bean Chili

Apparently chili is a summer tradition? I had no idea until this May when the bloggers and pinners I follow started blowing up with chili recipes. Chili and burgers is the America way, I guess.

Anyway! I’ve been trying to perfect my 3 bean chili for a few months now. It’s vegan, full of protein and healthy fats, and SO delicious. Also, it’s VERY easy to make. To prove my point, and because I was having a long day, Mike made this dish! He’s actually great when he has a recipe to follow and this was so simple. If he’s willing, he may just be making it more often 🙂


Three Bean Chili (prep time: 30 min, cook time: 2-5 hours, serves: 3-4)


  • 2 cups water with bullion cube or veggie stock
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or salsa
  • 15 oz. kidney beans
  • 15 oz. garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 30 oz. black beans
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (ONLY if you LOVE spicy)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Chop up the onion, pepper, and tomatoes. And add to a large pot or crockpot.
  2. Mince the garlic into the pot and add all other ingredients.
  3. Stir it all up.
  4. Turn on the heat. 5+ hours on low or 2 hours on high. Stir every 20-45 minutes. Keep an eye on the pot and remove from heat when onions get soft.
  5. Enjoy!

Ashley Life Update: Mike is finally in San Diego! He was delayed 3 times and landed 19 hours late but he’s safe and sound. Not caught in a tornado or a malfunctioning plane. Having him here changes my entire mood. It’s like I feel like a whole person again.

Three weeks apart was very odd for me. I found it harder to relax and be patient, and harder to digest all the changes that are happening in my life. Now I feel ready to take on the world and all the awesome things this move is bringing us. I am a seriously Happy Lass 🙂

Happy Friday everyone!

4 thoughts on “Fabulous Friday: Three Bean Chili

  1. carolynpfalzgraf

    oh yes, DEFINITELY making this. I’ve been looking for good crock-pot recipes, and my own chili never comes out well. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    hope you are thoroughly enjoying being back in San Diego and I’m glad that Mike finally made it in once piece 🙂

      1. carolynpfalzgraf

        made this last night and it came out great! i put everything in the crock-pot in the morning and walked in to the wonderful smell of chili after last night’s 50 mile ride. being able to get off my bike and immediately consume chili was one of the best things ever, not to mention that this recipe was particularly delicious! I am thinking of trying it with some ground turkey next time-i’ll sub out a can or two of beans for a pound of turkey. thank you so much for this, it made my life so much easier yesterday 🙂

      2. ahappylass Post author

        I am SO glad you loved it. Yeah definitely try the turkey. I’m trying to get off meat but goodness knows you could use the protein. Keep experimenting, that’s all it takes!

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