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So Simple Chili Soup

So Simple Chili Soup

This was originally my grandmother’s recipe. Often, when my mother served this recipe it evoked childhood memories of my father talking about walking two miles to a one-room schoolhouse. The warmth and intimate feelings of that time are tasted throughout this recipe.

So Simple Chili Soup


2 15oz. cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz. can chopped tomatoes
3 cups water
1 medium green bell pepper, cut in cubes
1 medium red bell pepper, cut in cubes
1 medium onion, cut in cubes
¼ cup dried or canned refried beans
3 Tablespoons Earth Balance or olive oil
¼ teaspoon minced fresh garlic
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
Dash of cayenne


  • Mix the seasonings — the last six ingredients — together.
  • Heat kidney beans with water and half the seasoning mix in two-quart pot.
  • Sauté onion, peppers and fresh garlic in Earth Balance until tender in a medium pan. Add the other half of the seasonings to the vegetables a few minutes before they are done.
  • Stir the sautéed vegetables into the pot of bean mixture along with the canned tomatoes. Simmer covered for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Add refried beans and cook another 10 minutes uncovered. Stir often to make sure the beans don’t stick.
  • For a spicier dish, add more cayenne.

Servings: 4


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Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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12:07AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Saving this one.

2:00AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

thank you!

5:31AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Looks good!!!

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11:37PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Sounds great. Thanks.

12:23PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

simple indeed

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