What’s a healthy beef chili recipe?

For a meal that warms you up from the inside out, there’s nothing better than a meaty chili. To keep this dish healthy and low in carbs, lean ground beef is simmered with plenty of flavorful vegetables like onions, green peppers and mushrooms.

Click below to watch chef Michel Nischan prepare this hearty chili.

Low Carb Chili


2 lb extra lean ground beef (5% fat)
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp ground cumin
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 medium garlic cloves, mashed
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp hot red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground allspice
6 oz tomato paste
3 bay leaves
4 oz canned mushroom slices, drained (or fresh, cooked)
3/4 chopped green bell peppers
2 tsp salt (optional)
4 cup cold water

  • In large stockpot, brown meat, drain fat.
  • Add water, cinnamon, cumin, onions, Worcestershire sauce, cloves, salt (if desired), chili powder, pepper, allspice, tomato paste, bay leaves, mushrooms, and green peppers. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to simmer. Cook 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves before serving.
Additional Information
This is excellent topped with shredded cheese or sour cream!

Makes 9 servings
Note: Optional items are not included in nutritional facts.

Calories 143.2
Total Carbs 5.9 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Sugars 3 g
Total Fat 3.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.4 g
Unsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Potassium 183.7 mg
Protein 22.3 g
Sodium 209.1 mg
Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

Servings 6


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
  • 4 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and sauté for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease, if desired.
  2. Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.

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