Hilary Meyer
August 23, 2013

There's nothing more enticing than walking into the kitchen and taking in the heady scent of onion, garlic and chili powder from a big pot of chili bubbling on the stove. And if you're throwing a party, serving up steaming bowls of chili with all the fixings is a fun, casual way to serve a crowd.

At your next gathering, serve chili family style-right from the pot-with lots of different toppings. Go for classics, such as cheese, sour cream and hot sauce. Add plenty of fresh options, too: scallions, jalapeños, onion, radishes, avocados and cilantro.

Worried that chili isn't good for you? Don't be. We've got four tricks to keep it healthy but still hearty:

4 Rules for How to Cook Healthy Chili:

1. Start with lean meat (or none at all).
2. Slip in at least 3 cups of fresh vegetables to boost fiber.
3. Add whole-grain bulgur to replace some of the meat and slash saturated fat while keeping portion size satisfying.
4. Watch the salt by choosing lower-sodium canned foods such as no-salt added tomatoes and beans and liquids such as reduced sodium broth.

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