Quick Beef and Four Bean Chili

Bowl of chili


  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
660 Calories
8g Fat
102g Carbs
48g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 660
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 102g 37%
Dietary Fiber 30g 107%
Protein 48g
Calcium 303mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy recipe for beef chili features four different kinds of beans. Canned beans will work perfectly well for this chili, so don't worry about soaking dried beans overnight or any of that. It's really not necessary.

The seasoning mix given here will yield a moderately spicy chili, but feel free to fine-tune it to your own individual taste — mainly by adjusting how much cayenne pepper you use.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes (with liquid)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (15-oz.) can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8-oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large Dutch oven or heavy soup pot, brown the beef over medium heat in a small amount of oil. Drain excess fat, remove beef from pot and set aside.

  2. Add the onion and garlic and to the pot and sauté until slightly browned.

  3. Add about ½ cup of beef stock and use a wooden spoon or heat-proof spatula to loosen all the flavor bits from the bottom of the pot.

  4. Add the tomatoes and the browned beef. Cook for a minute, then add the beans, seasonings (but not the salt) and the remaining stock.

  5. Simmer for 20–30 minutes or until the chili has thickened, stirring occasionally. If the chili thickens too much, adjust the consistency with a bit more beef stock.

  6. Season to taste with Kosher salt. Serve hot.