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3-Bean, Kale & Ancho Chili

Jan 18, 2014 | Recipes | 0 comments

The holidays may be over, but there’s still plenty of time to warm up with this delicious chili! Not only is it vegan and gluten free, it’s also filling and packed with flavor!

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3 Bean, Kale & Ancho Chili

Servings: 8


  • 1 dried ancho pepper (or chipotle)
  • 1 red, 1 green, and 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bunch kale, stems and leaves finely chopped (separately)
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 28 oz can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can each black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder*


  • Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat and place dried chili pepper in hot water and allow to re-hydrate.
  • Place a large soup pot on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil, chopped bell peppers, onion, garlic, kale stems and leaves, and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Remove and discard seeds and stem from the rehydrated ancho (option to reserve a few seeds as desired for added heat). Place ancho in a blender with the boiling water and blend until smooth, adding seeds as desired (do so gradually and taste for heat before adding to chili — a few seeds can add a lot of heat!). Add pureed ancho and water to sautéed veggies.
  • Add 28-ounce can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, 2 tablespoons chili powder and 3 cans of rinsed and drained beans. Bring to a boil then lower heat to low-medium, stirring occasionally and adding water or broth as needed. Continue to cook for 30 minutes, up to 1 hour.
  • Season to taste with additional chili powder, salt, and pepper. Enjoy! Note: Leftover chili freezes well.


*Note: Read all ingredients and avoid blends with added sugar, salt, MSG, and other unnecessary fillers.


Note: Leftover chili freezes well.

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