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In our house, we love spice. Lots of it. Hand us anything spicy and we’ll eat it. With that being said, Tad and I are usually on the same page with food except for one thing… BEANS. Tad abhors beans. I don’t get it. I understand they have a weird texture but they are so so good! How do you hate beans?! As a compromise, I leave the beans in all of our dishes. The compromise being I get to eat them while Tad picks them out. I love compromising.

I decided to make one exception though. He loves chili.  I thought I would be the good homemaker and make him chili without beans! I was skeptical (chili without beans? The nerve!) but this actually turned out great.

If you’re like me and have the disadvantage of having a bean hater in your house, this recipe is for you. Or if you decide to give up beans for a day (whyyyyyy??), this recipe is also for you. Ya welcome.

Spicy Bean-less Chili (recipe adapted from here)


1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
1 small onion, diced
2 (15oz) cans crushed tomatoes
1 small can diced green chilies
1/2 tsp. salt
6 tsp. chili powder
3 tsp. ground cumin
2-3 Tbsp. siracha, to taste
Fresh or pickled jalapenos (from jar), to taste


Brown beef in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions to skillet and cook until beef is completely brown and onions are slightly cooked.

Add all ingredients to crockpot and cook for 2-3 hours on high or 4-6 hours on low. Serve with cheese and sour cream!

Happy bean-less eating!