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Recipe: Smoky chipotle 3-bean chili

Smoky Chipotle 3-bean chili
Photo courtesy Angela Simpson


Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 26 minutes
Serves: 7


The United Nations has named 2016 the International Year of Pulses, and what better way to mark the occasion than with a warm, smoky, 3-bean chili?


✓ This recipe has been approved by a Sunnybrook dietitian.


  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 28fl oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups yellow sweet corn, rinsed and drained if canned
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (or 2 for a hotter spice level), minced, plus 3 tsp adobo sauce
  • 3 cups cooked, mixed beans of choice (such as kidney beans, black beans and white navy beans)
  • green onions and cilantro or parsley, to garnish


  • Chop all the vegetables. Spray a very large pot (yes, use the biggest one you have) with a bit of olive oil and begin sautéing the garlic, onion, celery, and carrots on medium-high heat. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Add the bell pepper pieces and spices along with ¼ cup of broth. Stir for 2 minutes to coat.
  • Pour in the tomatoes, remaining broth, corn, mushrooms, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and beans. Stir again to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat to medium low. Let the chili simmer for 20 minutes, then serve or divide into single-serve containers and freeze once cooled.


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About the author

Angela Simpson

Angela Simpson

Angela is an avid runner and triathlete, health coach and healthy food enthusiast. Her goal is to encourage and inspire others to live life to the fullest, making the most of every day by setting goals and chasing them with passion. When she's not creating new recipes in her kitchen and working with clients, you'll find Angela out for a run, at the farmer's market, and exploring Vancouver, the city she's now proud to call home. You can learn more about her on her blog,, as well as on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.