Tuscan White Bean Chili



Serving size

2 1/4 cups
60 minutes

This keeps well for about 48 to 72 hours in the fridge.

Tuscan White Bean Chili


2 tsp. Olive oil
4 clove Garlic, raw (finely minced)
2 large White onions (diced)
16 ounces 95/5 Ground beef
2 large Carrots, raw (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks)
2 tsp., leaves Dried oregano
1 tsp. Dried or rubbed sage
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Ground fennel seed
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp., ground Black pepper
2 15 ounce can Canned no salt added white beans (NOT drained or rinsed)
1 15-ounce can No salt added diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp. No salt added tomato paste
12 large Green olives (black olives, thinly sliced)


Place the olive oil in a large sauce pan or medium stock pot over medium high heat.

Add the garlic and cook for about one minute. Stir frequently.

Add the onions and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes.

Stir frequently and cook until the beef is lightly browned.

Add the carrots, the oregano, sage, paprika, fennel, salt, pepper, beans, tomatoes and water.

Reduce the heat until the chili is simmering and cover.

Adjust the heat to keep the chili at a simmer.

Cook for 60 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Add the tomato paste and black olives, cook for another 15 minutes, and serve.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

OK, is it really chili if the flavors are not Southwestern or South American? Sort of. The concept of a one pot meal using meat and beans has its roots in a number of cuisines – Italian, Spanish, Indian and even African.

So in that sense, yes, it is a chili.

It doesn’t matter all that much because the result is pretty great. Fennel and sage together is a bit like great mild sausage flavors and it is perfect with the ground beef, beans, carrots and tomatoes.

This recipe is great with fresh herbs. If you are going to use fresh oregano and sage, use triple the amount of the dried and add them at the end of the recipe with the tomato paste and olives.

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Harry James, Author