Spicy 4 Bean Vegetarian Chili

This is an extremely flavorful and hearty 4 Bean Vegetarian Chili.  The chipotle hot sauce gives it just enough of a smoky flavor.  It takes some time to make, but it is sooo worth it!


 Some additional toppings; diced green onion, chives, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, queso fresco, tortilla chips and lime wedges.  It is also great with warm crostinis.


Recipe – 10 – 12 servings

  • 1 Cup Dried White Beans
  • 1 Cup Dried Black Beans
  • 1 Cup Dried Red Beans
  • 1 Cup Dried Anasazi
  • 12 + 6 Cups Filtered Water

Chipotle Hot Sauce (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 4 Chipotle Chiles
  • 3 Ancho Chiles
  • 0 – 3 Dried Habaneros Chiles (if you like it really really hot, use 3, really hot, 2, hot, 1, don’t like it hot, 0 and replace with 1 ancho)
  • 1 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 Large White Onion
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cups Filtered Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt



  • 2 Poblano Peppers – roasted – diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper –  roasted – diced
  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn


  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Ancho Powder (you can buy it already in powder form or de-stem and de-seed whole dried peppers and grind them in a coffee grinder until it turns to a powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon + 2 Teaspoons Sea Salt or to taste



Measure the beans and put in a big pot at least 5 1/2 quarts and add 12 cups of filtered water.

 Cook on medium high until beans are soft.  About 1 1/2 hours maybe longer depending on how old the beans are.

*If you have a problem with gas, bring beans to a boil then turn off heat for 1 hour then turn on beans and follow above directions.

Add up to 6 more cups of water as it evaporates.


While the beans are cooking start the marinara.   I like to start by, dicing the onions and garlic and while they are sauteing I will blanch the tomatoes.

Hot sauce

 In another pot add dried chilies and onion, cover with water and bring to a boil for about one minute or until chills are soft.

Dump into a colander and let it cool a bit so you can remove any stems and most of the seeds from the anchos.

Put chiles and onions in a food processor or blender and add the vinegar, water, garlic and salt

Put a fine mesh sieve over a bowl, pour in the sauce and press thru then scrape the outsides of the sieve to get as much as you can.

Roasted peppers

 Roast the peppers then de-stem, de-seed, remove burnt skin  and then dice them.  Set aside

Put it together

When the beans are cooked add the marinara, chipotle hot sauce, diced peppers, corn and spices

Cook on medium low for 30 – 60 minutes or until desired thickness

Vegetarian-Chili Health benefits:

Black beans are high in cholesterol lowering dietary fiber, 1 cup of cooked beans provides you with over 1/2 of your daily requirements and reduces blood cholesterol that helps prevent heart disease.   The fiber supports the digestive tract and the colon, which helps constipation, diverticulitis and other gastrointestinal disorders.  They also maintain normal blood sugar levels, helping to prevent diabetes.   Black beans are a very good meat substitute because of their 15 grams of protein in 1 cup and contain only trace amounts of saturated fat and no cholesterol.  They contain phytochemicals, substances found only in plant foods that help fight cancer and other chronic diseases.  They increase energy with the good amounts of iron in them and have more antioxidant activity than other types of beans. They neutralize cell-damaging free radicals that may help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.  Black beans are also rich in B vitamins, Folate, potassium (helps regulate your blood pressure and heart rate), magnesium, calcium (builds and maintains bones) and other heart-healthy nutrients.

White Beans are a super source of dietary fiber, which is good for the prevention of constipation, also helps digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis. They are great for heart health because of their significant amounts of folate (support of red blood cell formation, one cup of the cooked beans provides 63.7% of the recommended daily intake for folate) and magnesium (lowers blood pressure). They are good for helping insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, and help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady energy.

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