Alea’s 4 Bean Chipotle Chili

Quick and Easy 4 Bean Chipotle Chili Recipe

It is hard to make chili for my whole family. My daughter likes her chili very mild and my husband likes his eye-watering hot. The only thing they agree on is that the chili looks pretty when I use different types of beans. So I use lots of different types of beans!

How much heat I add to this recipe depends on who is going to be home for dinner. If my daughter is working late, I make it with chipotle peppers (smoked jalapeno peppers) and 2 tablespoons of my chipotle seasoning mix. If my husband is working late, I make it with bell peppers (Yes, really, bell peppers! I told you she liked it mild.) and only 4 teaspoons of chipotle seasoning mix.

I occasionally make a medium heat chili when everyone is home by using deseeded jalapeno peppers or Anaheim peppers and about 5 teaspoons of seasoning mix. My sons and I like it, but my husband adds hot sauce and my daughter digs into my baking supplies and eats Andes mint pieces between bites of chili.

Quick and Easy 4 Bean Chili Recipe

This recipe is quick and easy to make. You can use canned beans, but I make this recipe more frugal by using beans that I have cooked from scratch on my batch cooking day. I am also able to save money by using onions, peppers, and tomatoes from my garden.

I make my own Chipotle Seasoning Mix fairly inexpensively by buying ground chipotle peppers at a Mexican market. If you don’t have access to the ingredients to make a chipotle seasoning mix, you can replace it with  2 -3 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon cumin and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.

While I am at the Mexican market, I also pick up cans of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce. This recipe only uses about 1/4 of one can of peppers, so I divide up the extras into 1/4 cup quantities and freeze them for future use. If you can’t find chipotle peppers, use jalapeno peppers instead.

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4 Bean Chipotle Chili

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time –  15+ minutes


  • splash of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 3/4 cups or 15 oz. can cooked black beans
  • 1 3/4 cups or 15 oz. can cooked kidney beans
  • 1 3/4 cups or 15 oz. can cooked pinto beans
  • 1 3/4 cups or 15 oz. can cooked white beans
  • 4 cups or 2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced chipotle peppers (or jalapeno peppers or bell peppers)
  • 4+ teaspoons chipotle seasoning mix (How to Make Chipotle Seasoning)


  • In a large pot, saute the onion in oil.
  • Add beans, tomatoes, pepper, and chipotle seasoning mix. Cook over medium high flame until it reaches a boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes. You can let it simmer for longer if you have time.

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