Mean 3 Bean Chili!

The past few times that Alex and I have gone to the Admiral Way Metropolitan Market, he circles the Mean 3 Bean chili like a vulture, tasting and …tasting again to make sure.

This last time I got the hint.

Operation Mean 3 Bean Chili commence:


It took a few days and a few stores, but about a week ago i assembled all the assorted cans and seasonings. I waited a bit to buy the meat.

hmm… Where the heck did my crock pot go? Was it lost in the fire, did it miss the truck making a move?

Target to the rescue! 4.5 quart Crockpot is mine!

As I’m giving an update at a cool presentation tomorrow, there was no way I’d get around to making the chili the night before Ze German was due to return. So its now or never.

Here is the Recipe:

Mean 3 Bean Chili


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 whole white onion (diced) Or Kitchen Ninja’d
8 whole peeled garlic cloves
2 lbs Coarse Ground Beef for Chili
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder (I think i doubled it)
1 Tablespoon ground Cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional) but I added way more + some Cayenne
1 15oz can of kidney beans, drained
1 15oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
1 15oz can of pinto beans, drained
1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, UNdrained
1 12oz can of tomato paste
1/2 cup beef stock (may use chicken stock)


Heat pan to medium-high, add oil and sauté diced onion and whole garlic cloves until onions become lucent.
Add coarse ground beef and brown.
Add chili powder, cumin, and kosher salt (and cayenne and crushed red pepper to taste and ghost pepper if you are my dive buddy Lamont)
Add beans, tomatoes and tomato paste.
Add beef or chicken stock.

Stir, cover, and reduce heat and simmer for 30 min (or put in your new awesome crockpot on high for like 4 hours)
Periodically stir and add more stock, if necessary, to desired consistency.

Serves 12 (or 4 if its feeding the german and my dive buddies)