Three-Bean Chili with Colby

Arena Cheese's cheesemakers are eight-time medal winners in the U.S. and World Cheese Championships for their Colby Longhorn. The cheese is a rich and creamy addition to this veggie-loaded chili. It's so delicious - guests will ask for the recipe!

Wisconsin Cheese Three-Bean Chili with Colby Recipe
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Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Colby can be used in this recipe.


  1. Sauté green bell peppers and onion in oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until tender. Reduce heat. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in the pinto beans, black-eyed peas, black beans, tomatoes, vegetable broth, red wine, cornmeal, chili powder, oregano, cumin and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for about 1 hour or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  3. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir in 1 cup colby until melted. Stir in hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish servings with remaining colby.

Recipe Tips

Any brand of Wisconsin colby cheese can be used.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Colby cheese was first produced in Colby, Wisconsin in 1885. Colby is meant to be eaten young. It’s softer than cheddar and has a more open texture with a mild, milky flavor.

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