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Thick & Hearty Two-Bean Chili

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  • prep time: 10 min
  • total time: 45 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 492 1 serving

Refried beans and kidney beans come together with ground beef and picante sauce to make this satisfying chili in less than one hour.


cost per recipe: $8.18

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1 can (about 16 ounces) fat free refried beans
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (about 15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)


  • Step 1

    Cook the beef in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.

  • Step 2

    Stir the picante sauce, refried beans, tomatoes, chili powder and garlic powder in the saucepan and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 20 minutes.  Stir in the kidney beans and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling.  Sprinkle with shredded Cheddar cheese, if desired


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  • Won't make this again!

    January 22, 2016

    Used what I had, white kidney beans & salsa, and no other changes. Was very bland, really not worth trying to fix up. Wife ate some because it was dinner, Rest will be dog food.

  • Great quick meal

    January 25, 2013

    This is an excellent quick chili. I never thought to use picante sauce as a base before - works great. I added a can of corn and black beans to make it more colorful and filling. We loved it. I definitely will be making this again as a "pantry special" since it is so easy to keep everything on hand. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I really enjoyed this chili.

    January 5, 2013

    This chili recipe has become my new favorite chili recipe. This chili is so quick and easy to make, a great weeknight meal. I will keep this recipe in my recipe box and make it over and over.

  • Thick & Hearty Two-Bean Chili

    Mike K.
    April 1, 2012

    Very delicious! I did use one 15 oz. can of Mexican style stewed tomatoes in place of one cup of the Pace. This has become my favorite chili recipe, so quick and easy to put together.

  • Thick & Hearty Two-Bean Chili

    December 27, 2011

    It's good that you have the nutritional values, but you don't say how big 1 serving is. Please add that.

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Calories 492
Total Fat 20 g
Sat. Fat 7.7 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 82 mg
Sodium 1825 mg
Total Carb 40 g
Dietary Fiber 15 g
Sugar 7 g
Added Sugars 0 g
Protein 35 g
Vitamin D 0 %DV
Calcium 17 %DV
Iron 31 %DV
Potassium 28 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.