Chili is a classic American comfort food. It’s warm, inviting, and can be easily modified to suit any diet. You can find vegan, low carb, and even Paleo chili recipes. Whichever you decide to make, chili is the ultimate crowdpleaser.
The sheer number of possibilities can be overwhelming. To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of chilis that are both delicious and nutritious. Check out the 21 Best Chili Recipes to Have in Your Life.
1. Spicy Chili with Fire Roasted Tomatoes
The fire roasted tomatoes and red pepper flakes give this chili a zesty kick, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy. Use the leanest meat you can find to add protein without packing in fats and calories.
2. Chocolate Chili
Although chocolate and meat are an unconventional pair, this recipe combines them with great success. The resulting flavor is reminiscent of traditional Mexican mole: rich and deep with a perfect hint of spiciness.
3. Paleo Chili
This recipe replaces beans with loads of veggies. The flavorful mix contains carrots, celery, zucchini, onion, and tomatoes. Try making this recipe with lean beef. It will result in a lower calorie and lower fat meal.
4. Healthy Beef Chili
Hungry Girl brings you this light version of traditional chili. This recipe uses extra-lean meat and avoids ingredients that add too much sugar and unhealthy fats.
5. Taco Chili
For a low-calorie meal, try this taco chili. With only 155 calories per cup, it’s one of our lowest calorie recipes.
6. Turkey and Bean Chili
Turkey is a leaner option than the beef traditionally used in chili. It’s a great way to add protein without unnecessary fats and calories. This simple turkey and bean chili is a good starter recipe if you’re interested in trying lean turkey chilis.
7. Green Turkey Chili Soup
This Green Turkey Chili Soup is a healthy, high-protein dish that your entire family can enjoy. It delivers 21 grams of protein from lean turkey, as well as 7 grams of healthy fats.
8. The Best Turkey Chili You’ll Ever Taste
Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny calls this the best turkey chili you’ll ever taste. It’s low in carbs but packs a whooping 40 grams of lean protein. It’s sure to keep you satisfied without the weight of processed ingredients.
9. Chipotle Turkey Quinoa Chili
Between the turkey and the quinoa, this chili packs over 30 grams of protein per serving. The chipotle flavor is a savory treat for the whole family.
10. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Soup
For a slight variation on our slow cooker chicken chili, try this fiesta chicken soup. It combines chicken with two kinds of beans, corn tomatoes, and an aromatic mix of seasonings. The result is a great Mexican flavor sure to satisfy any crowd.
11. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
This chicken chili recipe almost cooks itself! It only asks that you leave it in the crockpot for 8 hours. While the chili bubbles away, you can go to work or sleep. You’ll have a tasty meal waiting when you’re done.
12. Slow Cooker Chili Verde
This chicken chili gets its delicious flavor from salsa verde. Salsa verde is made with tomatillos (or Mexican green tomatoes) which have an incomparable tangy flavor. If you can find tomatillos in your produce aisle, you can try making the salsa at home. However, jarred salsa works just as well.
13. White Bean Chili
Our white bean chili recipe a great low-carb option. Each serving is only 142 calories with 9 grams of carbohydrates and a surprising 12 grams of protein. The protein comes from lean chicken breast and beans. The beans also provide some fiber to keep you satisfied longer.
14. Quick Chicken Chili
This recipe stays close to traditional chili, with the healthy substitution of chicken for beef.
15. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili
A must-try for all buffalo chicken fans, this recipe manages to keep things healthy by limiting processed ingredients. The deep flavor in this chili comes from vegetables like fire roasted tomatoes and celery.
16. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
This tasty yet simple vegetarian chili is a basic recipe that should be added to everyone’s arsenal. Diced carrots and sliced zucchini are a hearty substitute for meat. The vegetables simmer with two different kinds of beans to give this recipe its rich flavor.
17. Spicy Eggplant Chili
This vegetarian chili replaces meat with cubed eggplant. It’s a must-try for all vegetarian chili lovers.
18. The Best Vegetarian Chili Ever
This recipe from Anjali Shah has been called the best vegetarian chili out there. It combines three kinds of beans, a cornucopia of vegetables, and some unusual ingredients (who would have thought to put cocoa powder in chili!). The complementary ingredients make this a must-try recipe.
19. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
With just over 170 calories in a 1 3/4 cups serving, this is our lowest calorie vegetarian chili. It contains healthy, slow-digesting carbs from sweet potatoes and black beans. These keep you full for hours after eating. This chili is also a breeze to prepare. Just throw all the ingredients in the crockpot and allow it to cook while you go about your day.
20. Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili
This vegetarian chili combines zucchini, fire-roasted tomatoes, pinto beans, and peppy spices. To avoid added preservatives, you can try soaking and boiling the beans yourself. This will help you avoid BPAs found in canned goods. When you’re done, you’ll have a fresh, healthy chili everyone will fall in love with.
21. Moroccan Chickpea Chili
For a less traditional take on chili, try this Moroccan Chickpea Chili recipe. Chickpeas are a great source of manganese and folate, two nutrients necessary for your health. They are also high in fiber and protein, which play an important role in keeping you full and satisfied.
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