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The Best Ever Homemade Chili Beans Recipe

My husband makes up the best ever homemade chili beans. Hands down – they are the best! We love to have these chili beans as a side to grilled chicken, barbecued brisket, and even with fried eggs for breakfast!

The Best Ever Homemade Chili Beans Recipe

Yes, it takes time to soak the pinto beans, but with a little bit of planning you can enjoy a huge pot of chili beans with dinner tonight and then with eggs tomorrow morning for breakfast.

The Best Ever Homemade Chili Beans Recipe


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans, picked over and rinsed
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin


  1. Soak beans for 4-6 hours, or overnight
  2. Add chopped onions and seasonings to the soaked beans and water.
  3. Bring to boil
  4. Lower heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 3-4 hours, until the beans are tender

The Best Ever Homemade Chili Beans Recipe

Yes, it is really that easy. Make up a batch on the weekend and enjoy it during the week. The beans actually taste even better the second day as the flavors really meld together.

As you can see, we enjoy these chili beans anytime of the day. This really is the best ever homemade chili beans recipe!

The Best Ever Homemade Chili Beans Recipe

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(2) Comments

  1. Sheila Madrieres says:

    Just to make sure I understand correctly….. You don’t drain the beans after you soak them you just add the rest of the ingredients and cook them

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, that is correct. Do not drain the water. You can also throw the seasonings and chopped onion in with the beans and soak it all together. Then after soaking go ahead and bring the mixture to a boil.

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