Sassy San Antonio Bean and Rice Chili Recipe

  • Yield:

    8 cups

  • Total Time:

    22 hrs 20 mins

  • Prep Time:

    20 mins

  • Cook Time:

    22 hrs


  • 1/2 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/2 cup dried black beans
  • 1 tablespoon Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1-1/4 cups salmon fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3/4 cup long grain rice, raw
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) salt-free diced tomatoes
  • Nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)


  1. Step 1) The night before: Combine pinto and chick peas in a large bowl; add water to cover beans by 1 inch. Cover bowl. Combine black beans in a separate bowl; add water to cover beans by 1 inch. Cover bowl. Let both bowls of beans stand overnight at room temperature.
  2. Step 2) In the morning, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet. Add onion and garlic and cook just until onion is just starting to brown; add chili powder and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Step 3) Drain beans.
  4. Step 4) Combine beans, onion mixture, rice, broth, boiling water, cocoa powder, chipotle chile powder, cinnamon and agave nectar in a greased 4 to 5-quart slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  5. Step 5) Slow cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours, until beans are tender. Stir in tomatoes.
  6. Step 6) Serve bowls of chili garnished with yogurt and pepitas.
  7. Recipe Note: In place of an overnight soak, you can do a Quick Soak. To do, bring pinto and garbanzo beans and 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover and remove from heat. Bring black beans and 2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cover and remove from heat. Let beans stand for 1 hour; drain, rinse and proceed with recipe. Can cook all three beans together but the black beans will turn the chickpeas purple!