3 Bean Chili

Even though temperatures are on the rise again in Colorado, I’m still in fall and winter mode, craving soups, stews, and chilis every day. There is nothing more filling and satisfying than soup right now. I love it so much. And if you read my Cannellini Bean Soup post, you know that I’m all about beans and not in the mood to listen anyone who disagrees with my food choices. Beans have cleared my acne. CLEARED IT. When nothing else would. Not strict paleo, not dairy free, not gluten free – nothing…except for beans. Eating beans has seriously changed my life in such a positive way and I want to share that with others. If that makes you unhappy, go away. We have enough to stress about these days, don’t stress about my beans, man!

PaleOMG 3 Bean Chili

PaleOMG 3 Bean Chili

How are you doing out there? By the state of my friends on instagram stories and every post being about heavily drinking, people aren’t exactly doing well. It makes me so sad seeing promoting alcohol consumption as a way to deal with stress. It’s such a downer. You know how I dealt with the stress last night? As my husband watched the election updates, I put my headphones in, put Netflix on my computer, and started watching Outlander. I’ve been wanting to watch this show forever and just kept forgetting. I started it with Brian the other night and he quickly grew bored of it within 20 minutes. So it’s now my oasis away from the real world within my own headphones. Who knew I would find a ginger so attractive, but then I met Jamie on Outlander and I’m now in love. What a hunky hunk hunk. Could you imagine what it would have been like to make out with people in 1743? Can you IMAGINE the morning breath?? They try to make everything look so sexy and attractive on the show, but we all know what everyone smelled like back then. They smelled like this chili, probably.

Bon appétit!

PaleOMG 3 Bean Chili

PaleOMG 3 Bean Chili


3 Bean Chili

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, ghee, or coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef bone broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of unsalted kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of unsalted pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the toppings


  1. Place a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add olive oil then add onion and bell peppers. Sauté for 5 minutes then add the garlic cloves and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef to the pot and break into small pieces. Add a heavy pinch of salt as you cook the ground beef. Once beef is halfway cooked through, add smoked paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and a bit more salt.
  3. When the meat is cooked through, add the fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, bone broth, and all the beans. Cover and let come to a low boil for 10-15 minutes. Add black pepper at the end and taste to see if any more salt is needed!
  4. Top chili off with your favorite toppings! I add sour cream, avocado,  chili onion crunch, and cilantro!

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PaleOMG 3 Bean Chili

PaleOMG 3 Bean Chili


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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


20 thoughts on “3 Bean Chili”

  1. Outlander is the BEST show! My husband and I binged hard on it. The first season was my favorite. Once we were all caught up on Netflix we had to signup for the free trial on Starz to keep watching the most recent season. Don’t follow Sam Heughan on instagram, though. I did and Jamie lost some of his hunkiness for me. I had to unfollow to keep the spark alive!

  2. You are gonna become Obsessed with Outlander. I just have a feeling. Everyone loves that show. My favorite character is Jack Randall but I love Frank, too. I already have so much Outlander memorabilia and have just started the really long book series. Seasons 1-3 are the best and 4-5 are not as great but still good. I hope you do some Outlander fangirling in your posts from now on.

  3. We made this recipe over the weekend and it was AMAZING!! And the leftovers are even better. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Do you think I could double the beans and cut back in some of the meat?
    So happy you are putting in beans recipes. Thank you. 😄

  5. She wrote some books on the Jack Randall character, so that may become a series. You’ve got to watch the Cosmo interview with the actors who play him, Jamie, and the other 2 leads and the author and director. I’ve read the first 2 (mammoth) volumes of the book series. The actor who plays Jack Randall also plays Prince Philip on The Crown, Season 3.

  6. JULI I literally just laughed so hard about the Outlander smells that I spit up my water! I have pondered this very idea! I also really needed a healthy escape earlier this year and started Outlander at the end of November. Needless to say I finished the entire show in mid-December and am currently on the third book – I started reading them because I was so depressed I finished the show and they are FANTASTIC. Basically like the show but with oodles of bonus content. I cannot recommend them enough! Anyway, psyched to try this recipe!

  7. WOW this chili is freaking awesome. Thank you for normalizing eating beans again! I didn’t realize just how much I missed them, but I think they will be here to stay in my diet.

  8. This recipe is fantastic! I recently stopped Keto after being on it for a year and let me tell you this, the idea of foods like beans, bananas and oats going back into my diet caused a stupid amount of stress. I keep trying to find reasons to justify eating them or I’ll tell myself to workout extra hard. The flavors in this chili really did it for me. I thought it would be too much food for just my husband and I, but we had no problem clearing that pot.

  9. Such an easy and delicious recipe! I added corn to mine and it was the perfect addition. I will definitely be making this on repeat throughout the colder seasons. My kids (1.5 and 4.5) also loved this, so that is a huge win!

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