January 6th is National Bean Day – Celebrate with one of these 6 bean-using recipes!


Love legumes?  Honestly, my favorite beans are of the coffee variety.  But I don’t think those count for National Bean Day on January 6, 2022.  Navy, red, kidney, lima, or black are the beans of the day today.  

I think I’ll celebrate National Bean Day with kidney and chili beans – in a big pot of chili!

Here’s my recipe that came from my mom.  It can be doubled or halved to suit your needs.

Mom’s Chili Recipe

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 or 2 packets of chili seasoning mix (hot or regular – matter of preference)
  • 3 cans chili beans (not drained)
  • 2 cans kidney beans (drained)
  • 2 large cans and one regular size (15 oz) can of tomato sauce (about 60oz total tomato sauce)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • chopped red onion (optional – either cooked in chili or for topping.  I like mine as topping because they stay flavorful and crunchy)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (for topping – I prefer sharp for the chili)

Brown ground beef and drain.  Combine in a pot  with next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 hours or so.

Top with onion and cheese and serve with crackers or fritos.



Feel like eating beans today?  Here are some bean recipes:

7 Can Pantry Soup – this recipe calls for whatever soup you have in your pantry!

Fagioli Soup with Pasta – try this hearty soup with white kidney beans

Spicy Black Beans and Coconut Rice 

Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken Chili use dark and light kidney beans in this twist on traditional chili

Pumpkin Black Bean Turkey Chili if you’re feeling like a totally different take on chili!

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any deals for National Bean Day.  But beans are a great inexpensive staple to have in your pantry!  So – go get some beans!

Jelly Beans are not part of National Bean Day – you’ll have to wait until April 22 to celebrate jelly beans!

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