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Healthy Chili Recipes and Cooking Tips

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Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

Black beans, earthy mushrooms and tangy tomatillos combine with a variety of spices and smoky chipotles to create a fantastic full-flavored chili. It can simmer in the slow cooker all day, which makes it perfect for a healthy supper when the end of your day is rushed.

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Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili

This rib-sticking chili offers a hearty mix of wheat berries, beans, peppers and onion. Feel free to add an additional chipotle pepper to crank up the heat in this one-pot meal. Cooked wheat berries will keep for up to 1 month in your freezer and there's no need to thaw them; just stir them directly into the chili.

» Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili

Beef & Bean Chile Verde

Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa. Make it a Meal: Serve with fresh cilantro, red onion and Monterey Jack. Add your favorite hot sauce.

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Half-Hour Chili

This truly tasty half-hour vegetarian chili is made possible by using convenient canned beans and tomatoes (no pantry should be without them). Whole-grain bulgur adds another layer of toothsome texture and nutritional heft. This chili is relatively mild, so it’s a good crowd-pleaser. If you like it spicy, add extra chili powder or serve with hot sauce.

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White Turkey Chili

This healthy white turkey chili recipe is gorgeous, with flecks of green from zucchini, oregano and green chiles. To keep the saturated fat low, we use one pound of ground turkey and add whole-grain bulgur to boost the volume and fiber in this chili recipe. After all the ingredients are added to the pot, we like to slowly simmer our chili for close to an hour to develop the best flavor, but if you’re in a hurry, reduce the liquid by half and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Cowboy Beef & Bean Chili

Anything but dainty, this healthy cowboy beef and bean chili recipe is hearty with the addition of mushrooms and beer. To keep the saturated fat low, we use one pound of ground beef and add whole-grain bulgur to boost the volume and fiber in this chili recipe. After all the ingredients are added to the pot, we like to slowly simmer our chili for close to an hour to develop the best flavor, but if you’re in a hurry, reduce the liquid by half and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Lamb & White Bean Chili

In this healthy lamb and white bean chili recipe, the addition of eggplant makes this chili velvety and creamy, while the cinnamon and allspice make the house smell amazing while the chili is cooking. To keep the saturated fat low, we use one pound of ground lamb and add whole-grain bulgur to boost the volume and fiber in this chili recipe. After all the ingredients are added to the pot, we like to slowly simmer our chili for close to an hour to develop the best flavor, but if you’re in a hurry, reduce the liquid by half and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

» Lamb & White Bean Chili


Spice up your dinner spread with a warm bowl of chili and cornbread.

These tasty one-pot chili recipes begin with just a few pantry items you probably have in your kitchen. They’re packed with fresh vegetables, fiber-rich beans and lean cuts of beef and pork, which makes chili a satisfying meal. It’s easy to whip up a batch to feed a hungry crowd—perfect for football Sundays and après-ski parties. Don’t forget to offer an array of toppings, like reduced-fat sour cream, shredded Cheddar, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced green onions and your favorite hot sauce. And check out our healthy recipes for more favorite accompaniments, such as cornbread and quesadillas. Spice up your chili spread with these healthy recipes.

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Healthy Chili Recipes

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Even confirmed carnivores will love this meatless chili...
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Black beans, earthy mushrooms and tangy tomatillos combine...
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This rib-sticking bean chili is richly flavored with cumin...
In this healthy Mexican-inspired tomatillo and pork chili...
Offer garnishes, such as reduced-fat sour cream and grated...
Packed with vegetables, beans and spices, this zesty,...
This fragrant "white" chili is an unusual,...
This healthy white turkey chili recipe is gorgeous, with...
This rib-sticking chili offers a hearty mix of wheat...

Healthy Breads & Hot Sauce Recipes

This updated Anadama is made quicker with the use of...
This bread recipe combines bulgur, oatmeal, wheat bran,...
A combination of all-purpose flour and cake flour produces...
Quesadillas are a terrific quick snack to feed the family....
EatingWell reader Chuck Allen of Dana Point, California,...
Based on the traditional fried northern Chinese scallion...
Finding tasty, healthy, whole-grain dinner rolls in the...
An excellent cornbread to serve with chili.
Made with whole-grain cornmeal and white whole-wheat flour...
This homemade hot sauce makes good use of the bountiful...

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