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3 Bean Chili (Slow Cooker Recipe)

3 Bean Chili (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Growing up, we’d usually make this in the crockpot on Saturday night and cook it overnight to take to the church potluck the next day. It’s super easy, cheap and yummy! Plus, it makes the whole house smell delicious as it slow-cooks!

Fills one 5qt. slow-cooker

1 1/3 C. pinto beans, dry

1 1/3 C. great northern beans, dry

1 1/3 C. small red beans or kidney beans, dry

2 cloves garlic, pressed

2 T. chili powder

2 t. oregano

1 t. salt

2 cans diced tomatoes

2 Anaheim peppers, cut in large slices to season (do not eat)

2 T. apple cider vinegar

2 T. Braggs liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)

8 C. Water

1 lb. cooked, seasoned (I usually cook mine with onion powder and garlic powder) ground turkey (optional)

Rinse beans and check for rocks! Add all ingredients to slow-cooker. Cook overnight on low, or on high for 6-8 hours. Remove Anaheim peppers. Enjoy!

Note: Feel free to substitute different varieties of beans. I use whatever I have on hand. In the picture, I used only black beans.

Disclaimer: Recipes on this site are a collection of our favorites. Some are our own recipes and others may have not originated on our site and/or have been adapted from other sites.


  1. Regina Shea

    I remember cooking beans overnight to take to a church potluck the next day. I kept wanting to get up in the middle of the night to taste them!
    Anyway, I did find out the hard way that dry beans need to be soaked first before cooking in the crockpot or they won’t soften. I don’t know if it’s true for all beans but I did this happened to me with pinto beans. Anyway, I use the quick soak method now because I never remember to soak my beans overnight. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  2. Kayhy

    Jill, I can’t tell you how much ive been enjoying reading all the recipes that have been posted.

    I will be trying each and every one and am especially impressed how economical, filling, and well seasoned everything is

    Thank you so.much for takiñg the time out of your busy schedule to share your recipes with us.

    Prayers and blessings to you all.

  3. Randa

    Thank you for posting. I love the things you cook!

  4. Emma

    Can you serve this with rice, or mashed potatoes?

    • Derick & Jill

      Sure. 🙂

    • Penny

      You can serve it with anything you like

  5. Kristina

    Why can’t you eat the Anaheim peppers?

    • Derick & Jill

      You might be able to, but growing up we just used it to flavor the chili, but didn’t eat it. 🙂

  6. Megan

    Hey hey I highly recommend a few splashes of Worcester sauce and like a tea spoon of cumin dash of cinnamon it will amplify an already great sounding recipe love from Ireland

  7. Kim

    What I don’t like is seeing a yummy recipe and I want to copy it but then find out that we can’t get some of the ingredients here in Australia… even at Costco grrrr


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