Mixed Bean Chili

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I am trying to expand my “dry bean” meals and this one hit the spot!  My family loved it.  One thing I am planning on doing is cooking up a bunch of beans ahead of time and placing in the freezer in 2-cup portions.  That way I can quickly throw this chili together in the crockpot on a busy day or for a Sunday noon meal.  I hope you enjoy it!

1 cup pinto beans (dry) OR 2 cups cooked
1 cup black beans (dry) OR 2 cups cooked
1 T. taco seasoning
1 16-oz. jar salsa (I use mild – I also blended it up smooth in my blender before adding to pot)
1 cup frozen corn

The night before, sort the dry beans, then place in a pot.  Cover the beans with a couple inches of water along with a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

The next day, drain and rinse the beans.  Put the beans in a pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 to 2 ½ hours or until beans are soft.  Drain beans, catching the bean water in a bowl to add some into the soup.

Put cooked beans in crockpot, along with the taco seasoning, salsa, and corn.  Add in as much bean water as you like to make it the right consistency.

Set the crockpot to low if you are cooking all day, or if you are starting it in the crockpot in the afternoon, then set it on high.

Serve with cornbread, corn chips, shredded cheddar cheese.

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  1. I have several cans of beans I wanted to use up, do you think that would work for this? If I just mix them together with hamburger and spices and should I drain the beans? I love your site and have learned so much from it. I believe God is calling us to do some things differently, simpler, not so rushed, to become better stewards. Thanks and have a great day! :) De
    1. Hi De, Yes that would work great. I wouldn't drain the beans, but if you do just add a bit of water or broth to make the chili more soupy. Glad you enjoy the site too!

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