With winter finally here, there’s nothing quite like staying home and staying warm with a good bowl of chili. And, if you’re a new or seasoned mom recovering from childbirth, this is the perfect chili recipe for you—packed with nutrients that are good for you and your baby!

This recipe is from The Postnatal Cookbook by Jaren Soloff, RD, IBCLC. Download your own copy here!

A good chili recipe is a mainstay for any household, and certainly in homes with a newborn. This recipe is simple enough to build upon and provides plenty of room for creativity. Use any beans you have on hand, add in extra vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, or squash, and adapt the spices to your liking.

Slow Cooker Three Bean Chili

Serves: 6 to 8 people | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Times: 6 hours


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • (regular if you prefer less spice)
  • 3 (14-ounce) cans beans of any variety (garbanzos,
  • chili beans, black beans, pinto beans, kidney
  • beans, or cannellini beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream,
  • lime juice, and red onion, to garnish



  1. Heat the olive oil in a small pan and add the diced onion and garlic, sautéing for 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant. Transfer cooked ingredients to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, stirring the ingredients to combine, and cook on low for 6 hours.
  3. Taste when done, adding more salt to taste. Ladle the chili into bowls and add toppings as desired.


#MomHack: Make a batch of this chili and eat it for days without getting bored. Add it to a baked potato or over a well-cooked grain such as rice or quinoa, or simply vary your toppings to create a different meal every time.


Get a copy of The Postnatal Cookbook here to discover more healthy and delicious recipes designed specifically to nourish and heal in the fourth trimester!