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Aug 30, 2012 08:58 AM

What exactly are Chili Beans?

I found a recipe for Taco soup that calls for Chili Beans. The can I found at the grocery store has chemicals I am not allowed to eat. Can I make homemade Chili Beans with my own beans and seasonings? I have dried pinto, kidney and black beans on hand and tons of seasonings. Hope ya'll are having a great day!

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  1. I believe they are pinto beans in a chili style sauce. If you feel confident enough to turn those pinto beans into chili beans with the aide of your spice cupboard, then go for it, you'll probably get a tastier result from the extra work.

    1. You'll be just fine cooking and seasoning your own dried beans.....:)

      1. I've heard this term "Chili Beans" used a couple ways.

        Chili Beans is chilli with beans or the beans used in making chilli.

        If the recipe is referring to the type of beans used in making chilli, you can use any of the three you mentioned - pinto, kidney or black, where pinto or kidney is more common.

        1. We make home made "Chili Beans" all the time. Cook whatever bean you like (pintos are common) until almost tender. Meanwhile, saute up some onions and garlic in oil in a skillet, add as much ground chile, cumin, Mexican oregano, salt, and black pepper as you like. Ground chipotle powder is a nice addition. Saute until it makes a nice paste. Add a can of diced tomatoes (including juice) if you like tomato-ey chili. Add it to the beans and cook until fully tender. If it seems too wet, you can cook it open, if it is too dry, add some water (or beer or tomato juice).

          1. Agree that they are easy to make - if you need a recipe to work from, there's a blog called Homesick Texan - look for her Ranch Style Bean recipe - one word of caution, however, when I start with dried beans, I sometimes find my chili sauce gets too dark by the time my beans are done, so I cook the beans to the point of almost done before I add the chili sauce ingredients and cook it down from there. (I skip her chili soak and puree step and just use powdered chilies, too.)