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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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 17, 2013 at 3:44 am

I like to make Chili Salad too!


Family Foodie February 17, 2013 at 4:22 am

What a great idea for Chili! Looking forward to trying it.


Nicole @ The Daily Dish February 17, 2013 at 4:35 am

I firmly believe everyone needs a skinnier version of chili – it’s not all that on it’s own. Yours looks extremely delicious and perfect!


Katie February 17, 2013 at 6:21 am

I really like the idea of serving the chili on a bed of greens! Sounds delish.


Shannon @VillageGirlBlog February 17, 2013 at 6:41 am

Love the idea of sauteing in broth! This looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!


Shelby | Diabetic Foodie February 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

Skinny chili served on spinach leaves? LOVE the idea!


sunithi February 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

Ooh love the spices in this chili. Looks & sounds so aromatic. I will probably give this a whirl with ground venison. Great recipe ! Thanks for sharing 🙂


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen February 17, 2013 at 9:08 am

It sounds so spicy and flavorful! A great twist on the common chili.


Bea February 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

Delicious!!! I love your presentation on a bed of spinach. It sounds and looks fantastic!


Renee February 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

Most colorful chili I’ve ever seen. Makes me want to eat it right out of the screen.


Hezzi-D February 17, 2013 at 10:32 am

Beautiful picture! I love that you served it in a lettuce leaf.


Susan February 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

This is beautiful! Clearly the answer to pretty chili is skinnyfying it!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

Chili is one of my all time favorite hearty and comforting meals. So perfect for a cold evening! Love how you skinnied it up!!


Miranda | Mangoes and Chutney February 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

My husband used to love a good pot of chili, I best it’s one of the things he misses the most as a vegan!


Chris Baccus February 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Works for me. Add baby spinach to chili plate and now it’s skinny! I like how you think 🙂


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

What a great idea to serve the chili over a bed of greens! Love this!!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) February 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Yum…I hate it when chili is so greasy that it’s like a slick on top. You did a great job of solving that problem…so yummy!


Nancy @ gottagetbaked February 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

These are gorgeous photos, Anna! My mouth actually dropped open at the sight of your opening shot of the chili. Wowsers! I love that you skinnified it and served it on a bed of greens. This would be an amazing meal, I can’t wait to try it.


Megan February 18, 2013 at 6:27 am

YUM! I love making chili and it is so satisfying when you know it is healthy for you. This is perfect!


Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 18, 2013 at 8:12 am

35 minutes prep & cooking time sounds good to me! You jsut reminded me to make chili again, it has been a while… Thanks for sharing!


Soni February 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

Love your chili and I’d love to try this with Chicken, since I don’t eat beef!Lovely flavors 🙂


Sarah February 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

LOVE how you lightened this up!


Samantha @FerraroKitchen February 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

This is so my kinda meal!!


Martin D. Redmond February 18, 2013 at 9:42 am

Mmmm…love chili and with your quick and healthy version…well now we’re talking! Love the idea of serving on a bed of spinach too!


Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite February 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Oh my goodness you won my heart with this skinny chili. And the fact it comes together so quickly makes it just that much better


Lyn @LovelyPantry February 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I love this chili! I’ve made very similar using ground turkey. Your chili is bursting with wonderful flavour!!!


Liz February 19, 2013 at 5:13 am

Wow, what a magnificent chili recipe! All the flavor with less fat…wonderful tweaks!!!


Sarah February 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

That’s a trick a learned a few years ago too! I love sauteeing in stock when I want to cut out the fat. Your skinny beef chili looks so hearty and delicous!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts February 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Oh yum, this looks so hearty and delicious. You will never know it is better for you, great idea to serve it over a salad!


Stacy February 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I want to come to a barbecue at your house and look for the crock pot of chili! This looks delicious, Anne!


Kate April 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I love this recipe. I’ve been playing around with variations (using fresh cherry or cocktail tomatoes instead of canned, replacing the stock with beer, adding some balsamic vinegar, including mushrooms) and it turns out every time. Seriously yum. And because I’m a single student, one batch will last me a whole week!


Anne Papina April 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Thanks and YUM! I think I’m going to try some of those variations!


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