Anasazi Bean Chili

Western Colorado chili, also known as "Anasazi dream chili," a very healthy chili based on ingredients from the western slopes of Colorado.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
16 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • 2 cups Anasazi beans

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 2 cups chopped green chile peppers

  • 4 ears sweet corn, shucked and kernels cut off

  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 ham hock

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Wash and drain Anasazi beans. Place in a slow cooker with 4 cups water and soak 8 hours to overnight.

  2. When ready to cook, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; stir in onion. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  3. Skim foam off the top of the beans. Add onion-garlic mixture, chicken broth, chile peppers, corn kernels, tomatoes, ham hock, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Cook on Low until beans are tender, about 8 hours.

Cook's Note:

I use Olathe corn and green chile peppers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

233 Calories
7g Fat
34g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 334mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 74mg 372%
Calcium 211mg 16%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 733mg 16%

* 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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