3, 2, 1 Chili Recipe

3, 2, 1 Chili Recipe

I love 3, 2, 1 Chili because you change up what you add as your 3, 2, 1! This recipe is 3 types of beans, 2 types of onions, 1 type of meat.  You can change this up according to what you have on hand and what you like to eat.  You can even make it vegetarian and vegan.  I love to serve the Dairy Free Cheese Crisps with my chili too!

Here are some options:

red onion, yellow onion, white onion, green onions, cippolini, leeks

red beans, pinto beans, black beans, cannalini beans, garbanzo beans, goat eye beans, cranberry beans, navy beans, kidney beans, azuki bean

beef, chicken, turkey, pork, non-meat substitute, mushrooms


1 medium white or yellow onion, diced

1 medium red onion, diced

1-2 cloves of garlic, diced

1-2 tsp organic coconut oil

1 pound ground organic beef

1 28 oz can of organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes

1 14.5 oz can of organic fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 cup organic beef stock-often left over from cooking a chuck roast for lunch meats.

1 can organic pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 can organic red beans, drained and rinsed

1 can organic black beans, drained and rinsed

a spoonful of chocolate chips or piece of chocolate bar

2 TB ancho pepper

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp mexican oregano

1 tsp epazote

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Sea Salt

Fresh Cracked Pepper


If you are not lucky enough to have a crockpot with a metal insert then you need to brown your meat in a separate pan.  If you’re looking to either buy yourself a gift or have someone else buy you one for the holidays there are two that I know of.  I have an All-Clad and love it but it is pricey.  I did find that Breville BSC560XL Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert will work the same way.

First you want to brown your meat and then you can even add in your onions and garlic too but it’s not necessary.  It just depends if you want the onions to start to caramelize or not.  I like the flavor it adds to the dish.  I think it gives it a little more depth.  Personal preference and often it just depends on how much time you have to prep or to cook.

Put your insert into the crockpot or add what you have just browned to the crockpot.  Add in the rest of the ingredients and set the crockpot to either low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.  I like it low and cooking for  a long time.  You can start it at breakfast and come home to dinner.  If you’re really lucky everything has been cleaned up and at dinner time it’s all fun and no work!

Top with Daiya Cheese Shreds 8 oz. or the Dairy Free Cheese Crisps!

Yield:  10-16 servings


Remember to taste this before you serve it to make sure you have the spice level where you want.  I like it spicy and use 1 tsp of cayenne usually but only noted 1/2 tsp here.  Also if you like it a little more smokey add more cumin.  You can also get a smokey spicy taste with a little chipotle powder.

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10 Responses to 3, 2, 1 Chili Recipe

  1. Shirley Braden November 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    Brilliant, Diane! 🙂 What could be easier than this "change-up" recipe? Every time one makes it one could experiment, noting the family's favorites. And, it's so adaptable to what's on hand, which is important to me for sure!


  2. Rogene Robbins November 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    Yummm! Definitely chili weather here today. Now you’re making me hungry. I collect chili recipes, will have to give yours a try. Love the way you give choices of onions, beans and meat.

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC November 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

      Yeah I'm a big chili fan too. With all of these choices I don't often make the same chili twice. Do you have anything you would add to the list?

  3. TheWHOLEGangLLC November 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Thanks Shirley. One of my friends called it my ADHD chili because I can't stick with just one way of making it. Like you I go with what is easy and often that's what's on hand. I'm hoping people will add to the lists and let me know what other ingredients should be on there.

  4. Gluten Free Gidget November 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    I made a change it up soup tonight! Love those kinds of recipes!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC November 11, 2010 at 8:30 am #

      Don't those turn out to be the best and often I have no idea what I did so I can't share it. This time I was armed with pencil and paper to capture! What was your change up soup?

  5. tastyeatsathome November 12, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

    Acold front just blew in, and it's a chili-type of weekend! yum!

  6. Lori November 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    What is the significance of the coconut oil? I do not have that on hand normally.

    • Diane Eblin November 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

      Lori, coconut oil is really good for the body. You can watch this video to learn more. http://youtu.be/vOBuAe1IVRM


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