Get Free Help Preparing Your Taxes From AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Find a location

AARP The Magazine

3 Cancer-Fighting Recipes

These flavorful recipes are packed full of super nutrients

Cancer fighting foods (Travis Rathbone (Food Stylist: Roscoe Betsill; Prop Stylist: Thom Driver))

Every cook needs a go-to chili recipe. This cancer-fighting four-bean chili — with or without meat — could be yours. — Travis Rathbone (Food Stylist: Roscoe Betsill; Prop Stylist: Thom Driver)

Four-Bean Chili

Serves 4

You can use your favorite combination of beans for this simple chili. If you like, add 8 ounces of lean ground beef or turkey right after the onion, garlic and ginger are soft and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring to break up lumps, until the meat is no longer pink. This chili freezes well.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 4 small tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups chicken stock (homemade or store-bought), plus 1 cup if needed
  • 1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. In a large, deep, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to soften, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, chili powder, oregano and coriander and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add all the beans and 4 cups of stock; bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are blended. If the chili seems to be drying out as it cooks, stir in the remaining 1 cup of stock.
  6. Serve hot, garnished with cumin seeds and cilantro.

Nutrients per serving: 565 calories, 26g protein, 85g carbohydrates, 20g fiber, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 2,061mg sodium

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


Enter an ingredient, course or keyword and get cooking!

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

McCormick and Schmicks (McCormick and Schmicks)

Members save 10% every day when dining at McCormick and Schmick's.

membership schwanns discount

Members save $20 on their first grocery delivery order from Schwan's Home Service™.

Outback membership benefit aarp festive steak dinner

Members save 15% on dinner Monday-Thursday and on lunch every day at Outback Steakhouse.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.