Fall and winter are the perfect seasons to whip up some healthy chili. The hearty, warm dish will fill you up — and ward off the cold, too. But chili can also be quite unhealthy, depending on the ingredients you use. From high-fat meats (like non-lean ground beef) and toppings (like cheese and sour cream), the calories and fat content can add up quickly.
So if you’re trying to eat healthy or embarking on a weight loss journey, you can assume that chili isn’t on the menu for you. However, chili is a great food for weight loss. It’s packed with protein, thanks to lean meats (like turkey and chicken) and beans (which are also high in fiber to help you feel full). Chili is also great for vegetarian, vegan and plant-based eaters. Plus, chili can also be made super healthy without sacrificing flavor, thanks to lots of spices, stock, and added veggies.
Here are 15 of the healthiest chili recipes for weight loss. Read on and don’t miss 25 Cozy Soup Recipes That Are Perfect for Weight Loss This Fall.
This healthy turkey chili recipe from Ambitious cuisine contains many vegetables, including red bell pepper, corn, onion and crushed tomatoes. And you get tons of protein from 99% lean ground turkey and kidney beans.
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Looking for a tasty vegetarian chili recipe? Make this of Chocolate covered Katie, which requires sweet potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and black beans. The best part? It cooks in just 20 minutes.
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You can still make chili with ground beef and achieve your weight loss goals. This one from Healthy fitness meals asks for lean ground beef and gets tons of flavor from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, paprika, and cayenne. Plus it has extra veggies with two peppers.
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Not all chilies have to be tomato-based. And this white chicken chili from Well plated by Erin calls for chicken breast and white beans (like Great Northern, cannellini, or white kidney beans) will give you plenty of protein and fiber to keep you full.
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If you’re really watching your calorie and fat intake, this low-calorie vegetable chili recipe from The fir eats is also almost fat free. It has red bell pepper, green bell pepper, corn, carrot and kidney beans, with a little soy sauce for extra umami flavor.
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Fall is pumpkin season, so it’s a great ingredient at the heart of this healthy chili from Chew out loud. Along with bell peppers, turkey, 7 cloves of garlic (you read that right!), black beans and more, this is the perfect dish for a chilly fall evening.
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This sweet potato chili takes its inspiration from Mexican flavors, with ingredients like black beans, corn, sweet potatoes and lots of spices. The most surprising? Cinnamon!
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When prepared according to the instructions, this beef chili has only 298 calories per serving. Created by The girl who ate everythingit calls for ground sirloin or beef, a packet of taco seasoning (easy!), black beans, and corn.
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This vegetarian and bean chili recipe from Cookie + Kate is full of flavour. It has two types of beans (pinto and black), as well as plenty of vegetables such as celery, carrots, red onion, and red bell pepper. And in the end, it gets a spicy kick thanks to sherry vinegar (or lime juice).
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If you need a buffalo chicken fix, you can get it in this bowl of chili from Delicious on a dime. With ingredients like celery, onion, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and a homemade ranch dressing, your taste buds will be completely satisfied.
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Little time? This healthy vegan chili from Midwestern Foodie only takes 15 minutes to make. It has black beans and split red lentils, which are known to cook quickly.
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Craving a non-traditional beef chili? This beef and butternut chili from Julia’s album also contains corn, green peppers, kidney beans and canned tomatoes.
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This low-sodium white bean chicken stock chicken broth has plenty of cannellini beans, corn, and green chiles. Created by eat bird foodyou can spice it up by adding fresh jalapeno slices and extra chili powder.
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This easy three bean chili recipe from The simple vegan is vegan and packed with fiber from kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans. It also gets a deeper flavor from cocoa powder (yes, the same in chocolate!) and chipotle powder.
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This chili recipe from This healthy table calls for ground chicken. And instead of being a white chicken pepper, it has a tomato base — as well as two types of beans (black and pinto).
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While it may be surprising at first, chili is actually a fantastic weight loss soup. Often made with a blend of fiber-rich, high-protein beans; protein-rich meat; a mixture of vegetables; and topped with quality ingredients like avocados, which are rich in healthy fats, and high-protein Greek yogurt, chili contains numerous ingredients that have been linked to weight loss.