It has been so cool outside in Birmingham the past few days, so I made one of my kid’s favorites-Basic Low-Fat Chili recipes. With 260 calories and 4.4 grams of fat per serving, you can feel good about eating this heart-warming, simple chili, which my kids love.
My 10 Chili-Making Tips:
1. If your chili is too thick, use broth to dilute it.
2. If the chili is too thin, add tomato paste.
3. Use the best beef you can buy, and add it first.
4. Use fresh vegetables.
5. Cook the chili a day before you plan to eat it.
5. Use dried spices that are fresh.
6. Make a double batch for future meals.
7. Serve leftover chili in tacos, spaghetti, burritos or as a filling in omelets or quesadillas.
8. A touch of unsweetened cocoa powder or coffee give chili an earthy flavor.
9. Freeze leftover chili in an airtight container in individual servings for easy, quick heat-up.
10. Serve as a “Chili Bar” with accompaniments such as sour cream, Greek yogurt, shredded cheeses, onions, crushed blue corn tortilla chips, chopped cilantro and chopped tomatoes.
Note: If you don’t have time to make this recipe. Here’s an awesome shortcut. Purchase the Publix Brand Chili Seasoning Mix and combine with beef, tomato sauce and red kidney beans (as directed on the package), and it tastes like homemade.
My boys love chili, and we make it often at my house, especially this time of year. With only 248 calories and 4.8 grams of fat, this chili is low in fat and calories. I developed this recipe for Laura’s Lean Beef, but the original recipe has black beans instead of kidney beans and no chipotle seasoning. Both versions are wonderful. If you are really short on time and only have about 10 minutes, I love the Publix seasoning packet. Just add beef, tomatoes and beans, and it comes out great.
My friend and loyal fan, Dawn, asked me a while back for a recipe for White Chili. I promised her I would work on one, and this recipe came out great. It’s simple to prepare-just requiring some chopping, vegetables and grating cheese, and that’s the only work involved. Feel free to use already-shredded cheese if your short on time, and I used a rotisserie chicken to speed up the process. This chili has just the right consistency and spice. Even my 8-year-old was asking for seconds.
White Bean Chili
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained
2 cloves garlic, minced
11/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
31/2 cups low-salt, fat-free chicken broth
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
1 cup freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup freshly grated Colby cheese
Toppings: crushed corn chips, light sour cream, chopped green onions, olives, chopped tomatoes, oyster crackers, bacon
1. Cook onion in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring until tender. Add green chiles and next 4 ingredients; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add beans and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce
heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add chicken, 1/2 cup of Monterey Jack and 1/2 cup Colby cheese; simmer 10 minutes more. Ladle chili into individual bowls. Top each serving evenly with cheese and desired toppings.