post include There is a lot of discussion with foodies about whether beans should be included when making chili. What do you think? Here's my answer: While I realize that it may not be "traditionally correct", I usually put beans in my chili. I like beans. It, of course, depends on what kind of chili I am making for instance, if I am cooking a light, chicken chili I may not put beans in it... but I probably would use a white bean. I think beans are a great way to bulk up chili and make it heartier.