Mummy Lauretta

A family and lifestyle blog by a Mum to identical bilingual twin boys
English Food Recipes

Three Bean Chilli

This is a recipe that I made up based on a meat chilli I have been making since the boys were weaning, I think I got it from a weaning cookbook.  It’s super healthy and warming for when the nights are drawing in and you want something comforting to eat.


1tbsp olive oil

1 onion

1 stick of celery

1 carrot

1 courgette

2 cloves of garlic

2 tins chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp tomato puree

1 heaped tsp ground cumin

1 heaped tsp ground coriander

Hot chilli powder to taste – I used about half a tsp

1 tin/carton red kidney beans

1 tin/carton black beans

1 tin/carton cannellini beans

1heaped tsp cornflour mixed with approx 1 tsp water

Salt and pepper to taste

Three Bean Chilli


Peel the onion and carrot.  Chop them plus the celery and courgette.  Add the olive oil to a large frying pan and once heated add in all four vegetables. Fry on a low heat for about 10 minutes until they soften.  Crush in the garlic and fry for another 2 minutes.  Transfer to a slow cooker (or large saucepan/casserole pot) and add in the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and spices.  If you can, leave to cook on medium for about 6 hours but it will be fine on high for about 2.  About half an hour before serving add in the beans.  Then mix the cornflour with a very small amount of water (enough to make a loose paste) and add to the cooker.  This will thicken the chilli slightly so that it’s not too watery.  Season to taste and serve with rice, garlic bread or a jacket potato.


This time we served this with a packet to Tomato & Basil Uncle Ben’s rice as it’s the boy’s favourite.  We also had poppadoms.

Three Bean Chilli


This chilli can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months and in fact always tastes better the next day when re-heated.


To make it super healthy serve with wholegrain/brown rice.


You can make this as hot as you like. I have two little boys that complain it’s burning their mouth if I make it too spicy!

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Thank you for reading

Laura x