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Readers Respond: Do you like beans in your chili?

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Beans or no beans

35 year vetern cooker from scratch here. I use beans, mostly pinto and white beans, along with lean hamburger or ground turkey. Kidney beans give some people bad gas, so I avoid them. I have put ground turkey in chili and friends and family didn't even know the difference. Beans are so good for your body, I couldn't imagine not using them.
—Guest Deb

Beans

I like to use a combo of chili beans and pinto beans in my chili.
—woodworker12

BEANS OR NO BEANS

I LIKE MORE BEANS THAN MEAT. I USE RED,BLACK,CHILI, CANELLNI,PORK AND BEANS IN MY CHILI AND ADD SOME CHIPOTLE SPICE FOR SOME KICK.
—Guest THERESA

Chili

I like dark red kidney beans in my chili along with ground Sirloin. To me chili ain't chili without the beans.
—Joicy

Beans n rice on side...

I NEVER put beans in the chili, but I will serve several different types of bean's on the side for the bean lover's, along with a big bowl of fluffy white rice, which I am partial to. I switch up the recipe with the spice's or veggie's regularly, depending on my guest's taste's, but I alway's...alway's use a shredded beef roast for my meat. Seriously, try you chili with a spoonful of the rice. You might be surprised!
—Guest Hollytrailfinder

Beans or no beans?

Texas Chile Con Carne is cooked without beans. It is not the same recipe as the Great Depression meat stretcher known as Chili Soup. Both are great recipes and I enjoy cooking them. Mostly I cook the budget stretcher Chili Soup, but on pay days and special occasions Chile con Carne is a treat.
—Guest KBob

Varied

As far as beans go, I do both styles as my mother is allergic to beans but loves chili. As for the meats, I also use all the meats, although not at the same time. But may combine two.
—Guest mlbolster

All good

There is no right answer. Personal preference. In my part of the Southwest, chili had neither beans nor meat. Chili con carne contained meat. Chili con carne con frijoles adds beans. Any meat; all meats. Any beans (or none). All different. All good. All chili.
—Guest jdover

chili

I like to add a can or two of mixed beans. It gives it a nice variety and it's much more filling. I prefer mild to spicy but husband and son want really spicy. So far they prefer beef. But if I make it for me I use turkey or venison. I sometimes use chicken for a milder version since I like chicken no matter how it's cooked
—Guest Skipper

deinately beans

yes, I do have beans in my chili, pinto, kidney or black. I also make it a little spicy and use hamburger.
—Guest pat

Chili Beans or no beans

I use ground turnkey in my chili and red kidney beans or pinto beans, I even add pepperoni in it too with peppers.
—Guest Deb

No beans!

Serious chili heads say no beans...but I have been known to add red kidney beans a time or two....my husband does not want beans in his chili!!
—Guest bayoubabe

chili flavored stew

beans are a must. and the meat should be ground. Otherwise you get chili flavored stew( with the chunks of meat.
—Guest pedidoc

Beans in my chili, I don't think so

Absolutely no beans in my chili please. They are a great source of multiple vitamins but no thank you. I'll have my beans on the side please.
—Guest Pat

Like butter on bread

A few, well placed, red kidney beans texturize the chili's text. With none, aargh...
—Jeekay

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