Meatless Three Bean Chili


easy meatless Monday three bean chili

Here’s a super easy meatless Monday Three Bean Chili recipe that is great any day.

recipe serves four to six.


28 oz can crushed tomatoes.

16 oz can vegetarian refried beans (gives the chili texture).

15 oz can black beans (rinsed).

15 oz can red kidney beans (rinsed).

1 cup vegetable broth.

1 avocado – cubed.

1 cup beer.

1 clove garlic-minced.

1/2 jalapeno pepper  (seeds removed) – diced.

1/2 sweet yellow onion – diced.

1/2 green bell pepper – diced.

1 Tbsp olive oil.

1 Tbsp chopped cilantro.

1 tsp chili powder.

1/2 tsp cumin.

shredded cheddar cheese.

“0” salt – there is plenty in the canned goods.


In large pot heat olive oil and then add onion and sauté.

To onions add green bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic stir and sweat for a couple minutes.

Add tomatoes, cilantro, beer, vegetable broth and stir as it is brought to boil. Reduce to strong simmer.

Add chili powder and cumin. Stir to mix. Let mixture simmer for five minutes.

Add refried beans and stir into mixture. Add black beans and red beans and stir.

Bring to boil and then reduce to strong simmer until beans are soft. Stir occasionally and may need to add more broth or beer if the chili becomes too thick.

Add three bean chili to bowls, top with cheese and avocado. That’s all there is to it! Enjoy a wonderful meatless dinner that you made!


I actually put this recipe together and prepared the dinner while killing time and pacing back and forth as the hour hand on the kitchen clock slowly crept toward 9:00 p.m. last Friday.


Because the Friday before I tapped my interview with Gary and Sara on The interview felt good, and both Gary and Sara told me it was fun; but then as the days passed and the broadcast was looming I no longer believed my ears or their kind words. It was time to cook and pace and pace and cook.

I placed my laptop on the couch, and served the chili bowls on the coffee table by the fireplace. She Who Must Be Obeyed, my son, and I nervously listened to the introduction and then … the interview started … and to my relief it was fun!

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