Everyone loves a really great chili. But with so many chili recipes out there, some of them trying to go more exotic or interesting than traditional chili, it can be hard to know what the best type of beans are to use when you make your own chili.
Traditionally, the best beans to use for chili are red kidney beans. These are the most popular beans in chili so they are easy to find in the grocery store, where you can buy them in both canned varieties or as dried beans you rehydrate before cooking.
Are popular because they work well regardless of whether you’re making very mild chili or super spicy chili.
In modern twist recipes, you see other types of beans sometimes being used. For these recipes, the most common beans used are great white northern beans, black beans or the mixed variety beans. But kidney beans are the most popular beans used for chili.