A rich flavorful meatless chili filled with beans, corn and its fair share of heat…perfect for game day!
spicy three-bean and corn chili

Houston, we have a problem.

I’m beginning to think I could get used to this whole taper thing.


Seriously, though it’s like a really lazy person has taken possession of my body, forced me to sit on the couch for the hour and a half to two hours I used to spend at the gym, and glued my eyes to ALLTHEHORRIBLETELEVISION.

I’ve even resorted to watching made-for-Hulu tv shows.

It’s that bad.


Normally I like to pretend that tapering doesn’t actually exist, and I just go on and exercise right through it.

But this year because of a minor hip flexor/adductor strain/achiness that won’t go away, I’ve been ordered by my physical therapist to, well. Observe it.

Religiously. Or something.


And while I thought I would totally abhor it and be ridiculously miserable and cranky…it’s actually weirdly nice to have all this extra time on my hands?

I mean, I still feel a little gross and, uh, sedentary. But do you know how many blogs you can read and photos you can edit and how early you can go to bed with an extra two hours in your day?!

It’s slightly magical.

And I’m slightly scared for my exercise future/skinny jeans.


But…it’ll all be canceled out by this whole 26.2 mile jog thing I’m doing on Sunday. Right? Right.

That’s what I’ll be telling myself as I shove spoonfuls of this fabulously hearty scrumptious comfort-full chili into my mouth. All weekend long.

For real you need to make this for all of Sunday’s sporting events. It’s got spicy, it’s got sweet, beans, corn, and pretty much ALL THE THINGS. With a sprinkling of cheese on top. And it’s health food. (I won’t tell if you won’t.)

You should think of me and my probably sweaty self while you slurp it on Sunday from 10:30-2:30. Eastern standard time.

And if you say a little prayer for me too, like, hourly as I’m trekking along with The.Boy by my side through the five boroughs….that would be great. We are probably gonna need it.

(And PS – if you are going to be spectating on Sunday, shoot me an email and let me know where you’ll be!! OR if you care to track my progress you can download a nifty app on your cell phone or follow me online on the NYRR website. My bib number is 43311.)


One year ago…Pumpkin Gnocchi with Winter Squash and Seared Radicchio

Two years ago…Pumpkin Swirl Brownies, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Three years ago…Pennette with Kale Ragu

Four years ago…Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Spicy Three-Bean and Corn Chili
A rich flavorful meatless chili filled with beans, corn and its fair share of heat.
Yield: Serves 6
  • ⅔ cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • ⅔ cup dried black beans, soaked overnight
  • ⅔ cup dried pinto beans, soaked overnight
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn kernels, drained
  • 4 oz minced mild green chiles
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • salt, to taste
  1. If using dried beans, put in a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until tender, about an hour. Remove from the heat and drain, reserving the cooking liquid.
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onion, sweet potato and garlic. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the drained beans, corn, chiles, and tomato to the pot. Stir to combine. Add in 4 cups of the bean liquid and bring to a simmer. Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika, and white pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the mixture thickens a bit. Season to taste.
  4. Serve topped with cheese or sour cream.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙th of recipe


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70 Responses to Spicy Three-Bean and Corn Chili

  1. cquek says:

    Oh la la ! Wonderful i am ready for that bowl

  2. Emma says:

    Yum yum! I can’t believe I haven’t made chili yet this autumn. Need to change that pronto!
    All the best for Sunday! I’m sure you’re going to be fabulous πŸ™‚

  3. You are going to completely ROCK this marathon! I am SO proud of you!!! We unfortunately have my niece’s baby naming on Sunday so I won’t be able to be there but I will be cheering from afar!!!

    And yes please pass me a big bowl of this chili!

  4. I made a turkey bean chili a few weeks ago…but we’ve been trying to incorporate more meatless meals into our rotation, so I think we’ll need to give this a try. Looks awesome!
    GOOD LUCK on Sunday! You will rock it! It’s our one-year anniversary…maybe we’ll celebrate by tracking you online? πŸ™‚

  5. You are going to be awesome!!! I’ll keep track of your bib number :). The chilli looks delicious and I will not be able to stop myself at a bowl.

  6. I love chili, especially vegetarian chili with loads of beans!

  7. Trisha says:

    GOOD LUCK! So fun that you and the boy are running it to together!
    I love sweet potatoes in Chili!

  8. Good Luck Joanne! Pace yourself, that’s the key! This is the perfect time for Chili, I know what we will be making this weekend! Thanks.

  9. Kelster says:

    I’ll definitely be cheering you along!

  10. Just a casual jog! You got this girl! And I have a very intense addiction to all of the terrible MTV shows. The worse it is, the more likely I watch it.

  11. Pam says:

    Enjoy your lazy days because Sunday won’t be so lazy. GOOD LUCK!!!!

    The chili looks hearty, comforting, and delicious!

  12. Well at least the chili is healthy! Good luck on your run, that’s a long one!

  13. Joe says:

    I would like to try this out, though I would go easy on the chilli powder.

  14. Lynn says:

    It looks and sounds very good. Good luck on the run! I wish I could be there to wave you on – that sounds fun. πŸ™‚

  15. Kate says:

    Good luck and have fun this weekend!

  16. Chili is hands down one of my favorite Fall dishes, so I love this spicy three bean recipe!

  17. You are a runner, so…don’t worry about the calories, let alone this is a healthy chilli!

  18. Warm and seasonally delicious-looking!! Love this. Have a great weekend, Joanne!

  19. Not gonna lie, I totally looked up what tapering meant! haha…but i think the 26.5 mile run on Saturday means you can forgo exercise until then. I’ll be rooting for you with a big bowl of chili in my lap.

  20. Laura says:

    Mmmmm so comforting and delicious. Best of luck on Sunday!

  21. I just ate lunch and now I’m hungry again. And it’s all your fault, spicy chili!!!

  22. sandra says:

    Good Luck on your marathon. I hope you do great time, or whatever you say. I have been so busy it has been hard to keep up with your blog, never mind my own… I could use me some extra 2 hours a day… but then I’d have to be running on the days I don’t have the time – and that wouldn’t work at all.

  23. I’m all over this heat. I’ll be watching football this Saturday and this would be perfect!

  24. good luck on sunday, joanne!! can’t wait to hear how it goes! this chili sounds awesome, btw.

  25. @700words says:

    I’ll say it again Joanne – skinny jeans = overrated
    This dish, however = perfect autumnal comfort food.

    Do you fancy using those spare hours to fly to England and cook me meals??

  26. All the Best on your MARATHON, how exciting. It’s gonna be fun.
    Love the chili, while we sit read blog and enjoy eating, you will be running a marathon:)…enjoy my dear.

  27. Ashley says:

    Good luck this weekend!! I’ll leave the running to you, but I’ll totally take no less than 3 bowls of this beautiful chili!

  28. How “funny” (well you know injjuries aren’t funny but still) that I’m also running on Sunday and I have a minor injury in my leg… I hope I can get through Sunday ugh! I’m wishing you all the best for you and your marathon, good luck, you’ll do great!
    And wow, I need to make this chili so I have it ready for dinner when I’m back home from the marathon, because I think I’m going to need it πŸ˜‰

  29. Hotly Spiced says:

    It is very hard for people who exercise a lot to suddenly stop. It tends to make them a bit twitchy. It sure looks like you’re feeding yourself well. I made chilli this week too because the weather turned a little cool – not today however, today will be hot and tomorrow even more so. Best wishes for the marathon. I hope your hip issue doesn’t rear itself and I’ll look forward to hearing how you went. And if you bump into my friend, Mimi, do say, ‘Hi’ xx

  30. You’re surprisingly more accepting of this break in running than you were last year! It’s the chili. Chili casts a spell on people. 26.2 miles. Pffft. You got this!

  31. Hannah says:

    Must admit the whole “marathon” thing will never speak to my soul, but chili? Oh yes.

  32. Jessica D says:

    Made this tonight. I was skeptical at first, but it’s deeeeelicious! Thank you for sharing!

  33. Betty says:

    It’s finally chili weather! This looks really good- I love corn in chili. πŸ™‚

  34. Lots of luck for tomorrow Joanne! I hope the observed taper gives you bonus energy to help with a great run. And then I hope you eat many bowls of this, or whatever you desire πŸ™‚

  35. Johanna GGG says:

    that looks so delicious and healthy – with food like that you will be fine on your run – but good luck anyway πŸ™‚

  36. Esi says:

    I’ve had chili on the brain lately so this sounds awesome. Good luck in the marathon!

  37. Tahnycooks says:

    I love meatless chili!! I’m so intrigued by the sweet potato in this too!!! Fabulous recipe!

  38. Tahnycooks says:

    Ok, one more thing, I’m so thrilled and excited for you doing a marathon! You’re gonna do great! Just get through “hitting the wall” and you’re smooth sailing the rest of the way. Hugely mental, but you got this! Can’t wait to hear about it! Just said a little prayer for ya! πŸ˜‰

  39. Beth says:

    Your chili looks amazing! And I’ll be in church when you start running on Sunday morning, so I will both think of you and pray for you! Really, really good luck to both of you.

  40. I haven’t made a batch of chili in a while – you just inspired me to get to it! Good Luck on the race tomorrow – I’ll be rooting for you Joanne!!! xoxo

  41. This looks delish and I love chili weather! Even though it was 83 yesterday in SB.

    Good luck on the marathon! Our Marathon is next weekend. I always try and go near my house to cheer people on…about a mile from my house is this HUGE hill which is right around mile 23. I download the app and head over to time my friends doing either the full or the half marathon.

    I did the half once and the marathon as a relay once – so I ended up with the hill. Since I was only doing 8.3 miles, I was passing people up that hill! Of course, I was only 5 miles in πŸ™‚

  42. Oooh, love the use of cocoa powder in this. Sounds like a winner!

  43. Your bean chili sounds hearty and delicious.

  44. Lori says:

    I hope the race goes well! I’ll be thinking about you! We have a trail half tomorrow that I’m completely unprepared for so it may turn into a 10K for me. I know what you mean about all the time. I look at my schedule some days and think, how in the world did I also fit in a 10 mile week day run when I was training for my marathon! The chili looks so great.

  45. Eileen says:

    Uh, so, what is tapering? I’m guessing you mean “running less and resting more right before you run a marathon,” yes? Close enough? Okay. πŸ™‚ Anyway, CHILI. I clearly haven’t made any in far too long, because I practically started drooling all over my laptop just now. Yay! (Er, not for the drooling part, just the chili part.)

  46. Looks soooooooooo wonderful and comforting for fall. I love beans and I rarely see veggie chili.

  47. Been mixing up a lot of stews and soups recently and bean chili is always a favorite in our house.

  48. Monet says:

    I know you are going to do great on your marathon. Can’t wait to hear all about it! And this chili looks delicious. We’re due for a batch of very cold weather on Tuesday…this would be perfect.

  49. Good luck on the marathon! I know you will do awesome! And this chili looks divine, I WANT IT!!

  50. I’m totally going to think about you and your run when I stuff myself with this comforting bowl of chili!

  51. Daniela says:

    Good luck, for sure you will be doing a great run!
    The chili looks awesome, perfect fall treat that reminds me that haven’t prepared chili for a long time.
    Will cook it soon, you inspired me πŸ™‚

  52. Barbara says:

    Haven’t made any chili yet this fall…still nearly 90 degrees here! I know you’re chilly in NY though. This looks very yummy, healthy and warming.
    Good luck in the marathon!

  53. Erica says:

    Good luck and this looks so comforting and delicious! I am drooling here!

  54. Looks like a perfect recipe for Meatless Monday too!

  55. Sam says:

    I’m a bit late with my comment, but I’ll be yelling out my window to cheer you on!

  56. This looks and sounds so nice and healthy and tasty! The perfect fall food!

  57. This sounds great, nice and warming on a cold night!

  58. Pam says:

    I’m a little late here and hope you did well with the marathon. My DIL just ran in the Chicago Marathon with good results. Love the soup for a chilly evening!

  59. Oh wow, I just made something very similar today. I just used two types of bean and finished it with a little bit of quinoa. It was delish, healthy and very satisfying. I hope you did good running the marathon today. I am sure you have to be super exhausted. What an accomplishment though!!

  60. Kim Tracy says:

    Isn’t it amazing how much more time you have when you cut out your exercise routine? My friends and I have been doing Jazzercise (sounds so 80’s but it’s actually SO fun) 6 mornings a week. We had to take about 3 days off when they moved to another facility and suddenly we had the entire morning free.

    This chili looks fabulous, but you know how I feel about beans. I would inhale this!

    And finally, Congratulations on the engagement! I’m so very very very very happy for you πŸ™‚

  61. Yum, this chili looks like it would hit the spot.
    I hope the marathon went well for you today!!

  62. What a hearty delicious looking chili Joanne! I love the addition of sweet potatoes here. Delicious!

  63. Gosh, those spiced beans is totally georgeous…..
    sounds easy, healty and yet tasty!
    cocoa powder on spiced bean is sounds unfamiliar to my asian licking but i guess it taste pretty good!

  64. bellini says:

    Yes we will say a prayer for you joanne, and i will add chili to this weeks menu lineup.

  65. Chris says:

    In my older age, I have gotten excellent at tapering. My only problem is getting started;)

    This chili looks great, even without sausage, you kicked it up well.

  66. Jill says:

    So delicious. I made this last night and used canned beans and two cups of veg stock instead of the water from the beans and it was perfect. So yum. I will add this to my winter rotation! Perfect heat and sweet.

  67. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I’ve been craving a delicious bowl of chili these past weeks, so this recipe popped up with perfect timing for me πŸ™‚ looks so tasty!

  68. Sarah says:

    This was really delicious! I didn’t have any green chiles so I put a teaspoon or so of adobo sauce from canned chipotles. Topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and some green tobasco. We loved it! I always forget how awesome the texture of dried beans is compared to the ones from a can.

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