Classic Beef Chili

Classic Beef Chili

6 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

This classic beef-and-bean chili gets a nutritional boost from shredded sweet potato. We call it a stealth vegetable because it melts into the chili so well that even picky eaters will gobble it up.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean (90% or leaner) ground beef (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and shredded
  • 2 15-ounce cans kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, preferably petite diced
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 scallions, sliced


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  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until starting to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in water and sweet potato. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain a simmer, until the sweet potato is softened and beginning to break down, 6 to 8 minutes. Add beans, crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes; return to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, until the sweet potato starts to melt into the chili, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve topped with cheese and scallions.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
  • Tip: Check the label to be sure you are buying lean ground meat. Anything labeled 90%-lean or higher is considered a healthy choice.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 358 calories; 15 g fat(5 g sat); 11 g fiber; 35 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 82 mcg folate; 51 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 7,100 IU vitamin A; 24 mg vitamin C; 210 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 733 mg sodium; 1,002 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (142% daily value), Vitamin C (40% dv), Iron (28% dv), Calcium (21% dv), Folate (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 6

December 11, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Amazing Chili!! After the micture was done simmering, i took out all the excess liquids and made it into a gravie type deal by adding 1 tsp of flour ato 1/3 cup cold water then proceeding to add it to the sauce. It made the chili nice and thick. I also added celery for a bit of a crunch. And 2 lbs of meat instead of 1 lb Pros: so rich and thick
February 26, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
I really liked this recipe, but I omitted the salt. I also used no salt added canned tomatoes instead of regular. I felt that the recipe was good without the salt and will make this again. Pros: easy recipe, tastes good Cons: high in sodium
December 17, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Wow! We were a bit concerned about the sweet potato (in chili?!) - but it was really amazing. FYI - we used ground turkey instead of beef.
November 20, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Quick and tasty. Kid friendly too! Quick to make, everyone loved it, even my picky 5 and 3 year old kids. Grown ups were able to spice it up with some Chipotle hot sauce. Definitely a keeper. Pros: Healthy, quick dinner that everyone will like.
October 31, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
quick comfort food I made this pot of chili in less than an hour. The only thing that really took any time was grating the potato (I did it by hand) and chopping the onion. So if you have time to do that, you have time to make a healthy meal. The sweet potato does disappear into the chili so kids or picky adults would never even know it was there. Will make again!
October 15, 2011
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By: julie
A nice big helping of comfort food Easy and delicious. A good recipe to help keep the calories down without feeling deprived Pros: Easy, delicious, lo-cal, big serving size.
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