For some years our six-year-old son has enjoyed S&W’s Santa Fe Recipe beans, which worked out to be an excellent and inexpensive vegetarian chili. In the last year or two we’ve had trouble finding them, and I finally confirmed with S&W that the product is discontinued.

So I set out to create a reasonable substitute that our son still enjoyed, and struck gold on the first try (I fortunately saved a little of the Santa Fe beans to compare).

The recipe is simple:

  • 1 can of S&W Pinquinto beans (a new product, see here)
  • 4 oz tomato sauce (half a small can)
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp of your favorite chili powder. We like Chili 3000 from Penzey’s Spices, which is a combination of chili, cumin, onion, garlic, and a couple of other things.

Anyway, I wanted to share this as others might be searching for a good substitute on the web, especially if they have a young child with particular tastes like ours.