Skinny Beef Chili #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on February 17, 2013

Skinny Beef Chili | Webicurean

Sometimes nothing is more satisfying than a steaming bowl of chili. There’s something irresistible about that combination of meat, beans, and spices, simmering all day in a tangy gravy that beckons the taste buds. Whether you eat it straight, scoop it up with chips, or smother it over a hotdog or fries, it’s one dish you can serve that just about everyone enjoys. Since this week #SundaySupper is getting its skinny on, I thought it was time to break out my Skinny Beef Chili recipe.

Now, anyone who’s been to a barbecue at my place knows to seek out the crockpot simmering with my adaptation of the Hard Rock Cafe’s chili. Loaded with ground beef, chunks of steak, diced jalapeno, and a myriad of seasonings, it’s been a sure hit every time. But, it’s also a lot of work and loaded with calories–not practical for everyday fare.

For today’s recipe, we’re doing a complete 180. This heart healthy chili is low in fat and low in sodium, but there’s no short-changing on the flavor. As a bonus, the whole thing comes together in about 35 minutes, making it a no-brainer for a weeknight meal. Just serve it over a bed a greens, top it with a little shredded low-fat cheese, and you’re good to go. The leftovers are great packed up for lunch the next day, and it also freezes well for future quick meals.

Let’s get cooking.

onions and peppers

Heat the broth in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper and garlic. Sauté this until the veggies soften.  Sauteing in broth instead of fat helps cut some calories without sacrificing flavor.  Add in the ground beef, breaking it up as it browns.

Skinny Beef Chili

Once the ground beef is cooked, stir in the seasonings.

Skinny Beef Chili

Next, stir in the beans and tomatoes, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer about 20 minutes. Note, this dish is intended to be low sodium, however, if you’re not accustomed to low sodium foods, you may want to add just a bit of salt until your taste buds adjust.

Skinny Beef Chili

Serve it piping hot with a little low-fat cheese as a garnish.

Skinny Beef Chili

I love mine served over a bed of greens!

Now, let’s see what other skinny dishes the #SundaySupper folks have cooked up below!

Skinny Beef Chili
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Spicy and packed with flavor, this heart healthy skinny beef chili is sure to keep you warm.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • ¼ cup beef broth or chicken broth (no salt added)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb extra lean (96%) ground beef
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 14 oz can pinto beans (no salt added), rinsed and drained
  • 14 oz can black beans (no salt added), rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
  • Shredded low-fat cheese for garnish
  1. Heat the broth in a large skillet, then add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Saute until the veggies soften, then add the ground beef, breaking apart until cooked through.
  2. Stir in the seasonings and the beans, then add the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer about 20 minutes.


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Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special skinnified recipes! Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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