Grandpa Ron's Awesome Three-Bean Chili


I've been making this recipe for the family for many years. It's a great winter time warm up and makes a meal in itself.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
16 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef

  • 3 (12 fluid ounce) cans or bottles beer

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, undrained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can red beans, undrained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, undrained

  • 2 large white onions, chopped (Optional)

  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped

  • ½ cup light brown sugar

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 (1.25 ounce) packages chili seasoning mix

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, or to taste (Optional)

  • ½ cup chopped onion, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef until browned and crumbly, 10 to 15 minutes; drain and discard grease. Mix beer, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, red beans, kidney beans, 2 chopped onions, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, brown sugar, garlic, chili seasoning mix, cornstarch, and mustard into ground beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer, stirring frequently, until flavors have blended, about 1 hour.

  2. Top each serving with about 1 tablespoon Cheddar cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onion, and hot sauce; season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

379 Calories
17g Fat
31g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 379
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 1060mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 32mg 161%
Calcium 133mg 10%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 607mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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