Patient & Family Education Materials

Start over with a New Search


Prep time: 90 minutes

What you need:

  • 1 can red kidney beans (drain and rinse beans well to remove salt)
  • 1 can black beans (drain and rinse beans well to remove salt)
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (use no salt added for lower sodium)
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (use no salt added for lower sodium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef (optional)

What to do:

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pan.
  2. Add garlic and onion and cook until the onion is translucent (more clear than white).
  3. Add peppers and sauté for a few minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices.
  4. When mixture is bubbling, reduce heat to simmer and add beans. Cover and simmer for at least 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers, the better it tastes.

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

  • 325 calories
  • 16g protein
  • 7g fat
  • 56g carbohydrate
  • 11g fiber
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 1255mg sodium
  • 186mg calcium
  • 4.5mg iron

 Serves: 4 to 5

Serving size: 1 1/2 c.

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.


If you want to make your chili with meat, begin by browning ground beef in a large pot. Drain the fat into a paper cup. Set the meat aside, and complete Steps 1 through 3. Add the meat during Step 4, as you add the beans.

Try substituting ground turkey for ground beef - it tastes very similar and has less fat.

After you've made the recipe once, experiment with different kinds of pepper - jalapeno is a favorite.

Experiment with the amounts of spices. The amounts listed here are recommendations - you can make your chili more or less spicy.

Be sure to freeze any leftover chili - some say it actually tastes even better after it's been frozen!

Back To Top

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

© 1995-2024 KidsHealth ® All rights reserved. Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and