It’s hard not to think about comfort foods in the middle of winter—especially chili. A good bowl of chili can hit the spot after a day of sled riding or shoveling snow. But it’s usually high in fat and calories, and healthy chili recipes may not sound appealing to you.
According to Fatsecret, there can be as many as 247 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 22 grams of carbohydrates in a one-cup serving of homemade chili. Top it off with some sour cream and cheddar cheese, and your calorie count climbs even higher. That’s why you may want to think twice the next time you get out mom’s old chili recipe.
The good news is you can give up the fat and cholesterol without giving up the great taste of chili that you love. It’s already got some goodness in it. Things like vegetables and beans. So, we put together a list of healthy chili recipes you can try without the guilt.
This Cajun-accented chili recipe has no saturated fat. You even have the option of adding a little chocolate syrup for a bit of sweetness.
You’ll pack seven different vegetables into the pot. This meatless marvel can be made in a variety of ways, so be sure to read the recipe all the way through to the bottom. That’s where you’ll find alternatives.
A recipe calling for a variety of vegetables and just the right amount of spice. The best part might be you can have it ready in about 35 minutes.
Another meal packed with heart-healthy fiber, this two-bean chili is also easy to make. Add brown rice to your bowl for extra fiber, or serve it over whole-grain pasta for a twist.
Though some chili recipes will have your pot simmering on the stove for hours, this one comes together in just 20 minutes and comes with a stamp of approval from the American Heart Association. To save even more cooking time, you can prep and chop some ingredients ahead of time or make a double batch to keep in your freezer for easy reheating.
This is an Indian-inspired low-carb dish. It is filled with vegetables and provides 17 grams of protein per serving. It’s also very low in cholesterol.
It’s not exactly chili, but the chefs at Delish created this deconstructed burrito. It leaves out the carb-heavy tortilla and subs in brown rice for the usual white.
These recipes are not only great on a cold winter day, but you can enjoy them all year round. In the end, it comes down to your personal preference. Maybe the next time you’re inspired to make a pot of chili, you’ll be in the produce section and not the meat department of your favorite grocery store.
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