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Healthy&Delicious Chili

Categories: BeefLight/Lowfat
Contributed by: Jacqueline&David (Jacqueline)

This is our absolute favorite chili recipe! The recipe is healthier than a traditional recipe due to the fact that while I've essentially doubled a recipe (using 2 packets of chili mix), instead of doubling the meat, I use just 1 lb lean meat and substitute the 2nd lb by using a can of corn and a can of black beans in its place. This is great on WW, by the way. I think I figured out it was about 5 pts/ bowl. ( 5 pts= chili only, not counting toppings.)

It makes a lot but it freezes well, so if you have a tiny family (just two of us!) it is great defrosted in the microwave. Top with reduced fat sour cream and perhaps a little 2% shredded cheddar (and some jarred jalepeno slices if you want more heat.) Fresh chopped onion is nice served on top as well. 


  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef (or whatever you want, but this makes it healthier!)
  • 1 small-medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can corn (I prefer Del Monte 'FreshCut' type)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans kidney beans (*NOT* drained, you need it all! I prefer the dark red variety.)
  • 1 larger can Hunt's whole tomatoes,  cut up(*NOT* drained)
  • 1 smaller can Hunt's whole tomatoes, cut up (*drain* but retain the drained off juice as you may want to add some of it after you taste)
  • 2 packets McCormick brand chili seasoning mix (usually use original)
  • salt to taste
  • optional, but I always add: more chili powder (The kind that comes in a small bottle on the spice aisle. I usually add another TBLS of chili powder, more or less.)
  • for garnish later: chopped onions, shredded cheese (2%), sour cream (light), jarred jalepeno peppers


1) Brown the meat and chopped onion together (saves time.) Drain and to loose even more fat from the recipe, pat it dry with paper towels.
2) Chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and toss in large pot along with all of the juice from the large can of tomatoes. Reserve the juice from the small can after chopping those tomatoes and see if you need to add it after you've added everything else.
3) Add drained meat and onions.
4) Add drained and rinsed corn and black beans. Add 2 cans of undrained kidney beans. Add 2 packets of chili seasoning mix. Stir up and taste. You'll know if you need to add more salt or chili powder, more tomato liquid, etc.
5) Put a lid on it and simmer for how ever long you want. I usually simmer it, stirring gently now and then, for at least an hour to blend the flavors.

~~Enjoy guilt free yumminess! ;-)