10-Can Bean & Slaw Chili

Oct 26, 2018

My dad has been making this recipe ever since I was a little kid. My parents both did the original version of Weight Watchers while I was growing up which has a heavy emphasis on fiber and low fat. The logistics of that diet made this recipe 0 points, meaning you can have as much as you want of it without counting anything. It would work out because the high amount of fiber would make you feel full before you could eat a massive amount of calories anyway. 

I wasn’t necessarily aware of all of that when I was younger, I just knew this was Dad’s chili and it was delicious. When I moved out on my own and Fall hit, I wanted a guilt-free meal that was easy to make so I got the recipe from my Dad. I have adapted it a little over the years but now you can make this tasty chili for your family 🙂




Makes 16 cups (8 servings)

276 calories/serving

Takes approximately 30 minutes.


  • 1-2 onions, depending on preference
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 can low-sodium black beans
  • 2 cans low-sodium red kidney beans
  • 1 can low-sodium great northern beans
  • 4 cans Rotel (3 original, 1 hot)
  • 1 15-oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1-2 bags of cole slaw mix, depending on preference



  1.  Heat a thin layer of vegetable broth or cooking spray in a large soup pot over medium heat. Chop onions to your desired size – I usually do 1/2-inch strips – and add them to the pot. Add minced garlic and pan fry until both the onions and garlic are starting to brown but are not completely cooked.
  2. Add all 10 cans to the large pot (ALL contents, do not drain or rinse) and stir to combine. 
  3. Simmer until heated through, approximately __ minutes
  4. Add the bag of coleslaw mix and stir to combine. This will add a great deal of volume to the chili but don’t worry – it’ll cook down. 
  5. Continue to simmer until the coleslaw has lost its edge. It will continue to wilt while it sits in the fridge so don’t overdo it. 
  6. Enjoy! This chili tends to taste better after it has sat in the fridge overnight but it’s still really yummy when its first made.
  7. Don’t forget to rinse & recycle all of those cans!

Nutrition Facts:

Values shown are for 1/8 of recipe using exactly the ingredients listed.