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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Julianna D.
Juliana D.3 years ago

Saving this one.

Aino M.
.3 years ago

thank you!

Shawn P.
Shawn P.3 years ago

Looks good!!!

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Jessica K.3 years ago

Sounds great. Thanks.

JL A.3 years ago

simple indeed

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