With the winter weather here and the Super Bowl coming up, many people are gearing up to cook another big pot of chili. This quick and healthy chili recipe that I created is both mild and full of savory flavor. It takes less than an hour to make and I often make it with a side of corn bread for my family on school nights.
What You Will Love About This Recipe
This recipe for chili is unique as it has different flavors than many of the traditional chili profiles. It is not very spicy but it still incorporates chili powder and green chiles. I do not include kidney beans because I am not a fan of them. Instead, I add in black beans and pinto beans. The smoked paprika adds a complementary smokey flavor and the chile lime seasoning adds an interesting tartness from the lime. So if you are looking for a chili recipe that offers something new in terms of flavor, try this one out.
You will also enjoy the convenience of this recipe. It uses several canned foods and pre blended seasonings to simplify the process. Because of this, this recipe takes less than an hour to cook. If you enjoy eating chili with corn bread, make sure you put the corn bread in the oven just before you start making the chili. Your corn bread will be hot and ready to eat when you are finishing up cooking the chili.
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This recipe is made with ground beef, fresh onion and garlic, canned black beans, canned pinto beans, canned diced tomatoes and canned green chiles. It is also seasoned with chili powder, smoked paprika and chile lime seasoning. There are several different brands of chile lime seasoning you can use; I use the chile lime seasoning from Trader Joe’s. You can find this seasoning in store, but it is also offered here on Amazon.com.
Quick & Healthy Chili Recipe Nutrition
My chili is made with ground beef and two kinds of beans. This means that my recipe boasts a lot of protein and fiber. This chili provides almost 23 gm of protein and nearly 10 gm of fiber per 1 cup serving.
I choose to use 90% lean ground beef in my recipe to keep the saturated fat lower. For comparison, if you choose to use 85% lean ground beef, the amount of saturated fat increases by 2.5 gm per serving. That may not sound significant but we typically want to keep saturated fats less than 10% of our daily calories to promote and maintain heart health. Saturated fats add up quickly throughout the day and several of the common chili toppings also contain saturated fats (e.g. cheese and sour cream). And having that second bowl of chili will increase your saturated fat intake. So for mixed dishes like chili, opting for lean ground beef can be a healthier choice.
Because this recipe uses several canned ingredients it can be quite high in sodium. To lower the sodium content you do want to make sure you drain and rinse the canned beans. It is also helpful to use lower sodium canned tomatoes. I do not add any plain salt to the recipe as the chile lime seasoning already has salt in it.
Quick & Healthy Chili Recipe
If you are ready to warm up to a bowl of chili, try this recipe out. Make sure you add in your favorite toppings before digging in. At my house we love to eat chili with avocado, cilantro, quesadilla cheese and either some corn or tortilla chips. Don’t forget to serve it with the beloved side of corn bread. Let me know if you try this recipe, and if you love it please give it a 5 star rating.
- 1 tsp avocado oil
- 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1, 14 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1, 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1, 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1, 4oz can green chiles
- 1.5 tsp chili lime seasoning blend*
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Heat avocado oil in pan until hot. Add ground beef and cook until browned.
- Add onion and cook about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
- Stir in chiles and diced tomatoes with liquid.
- Add rinsed black beans and pinto beans.
- Mix in seasonings.
- Stir and heat chili until hot.
- Serve with your favorite toppings and sides such as cilantro, cheese, sour cream, avocado, and corn or tortilla chips.
*If you do not have chile lime seasoning blend it can be substituted with 1-2 teaspoons of additional chili powder and freshly squeezed lime juice
Serving Size1 Cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 217Total Fat 4.25gSaturated Fat 1.25gTrans Fat 0.2gUnsaturated Fat 3.5gCholesterol 37.5mgCarbohydrates 26.75gFiber 9.5gSugar 1.25gProtein 22.75g
Nutrition facts are calculated using data from nutrient analysis software that utilizes data from USDA and Nutritionix. Therefore, the nutrition facts are estimates based on general nutrient analysis data. Different variables may affect the accuracy of these nutrition facts. Variables may include different brands of food items used and any changes made to the ingredients called for in the recipe. Nutrition facts are most accurate when using nutrition fact labels on actual ingredients used.