We are a big fan of lean meat chili recipes here at The OrganWise Guys! These require a small amount of cooking and can last an entire week because they make great leftovers. We always include lean meats, a November Foods of the Month, when we make chili. Now that you are probably spending most of your cooking time on the upcoming holidays, these easy chili recipes are perfect for a quick, yet healthy meal.
“Hardy” Beef Chili – Dice one onion and one green pepper, then cook in olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add 4 chopped garlic cloves. Next, add 1 lb. of lean ground beef, crumbled. Mix the meat and veggies together until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste, 1 15 oz. can of kidney beans, 1 15 oz. can of canellini beans, and 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, with the juices. Add 2 cups vegetable broth and red pepper flakes, cumin, salt and pepper, to taste. Let simmer for one hour, stirring occansionally. Serve with your favorite toppings like low-fat cheese, avocado, cilantro and green onions.
Mac and Cheese Chili with Lean Beef – Cook 1 package of lean beef mixed with 2 chopped garlic cloves and 1/4 cup chopped onions in a large pot or dutch oven on the stovetop until golden brown. Drain excess liquid and return to the stove. Add 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, 1 cup white kidney beans and 1 cup red kidney beans. Season with salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil and add 1 box whole grain macaroni. Simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and top with low-fat shredded cheddar cheese and parsley.
5 Ingredient Chicken Chili – Cook 2 chicken breasts over medium heat on a skillet. When they are cooked through, cube into 1 inch pieces and set aside. Meanwhile, bring 6 cups of low-sodium chicken broth to a simmer. Add 1 jar (about 15 oz.) of salsa verde to the broth and stir. After the mixture simmers for about 15 minutes, add cooked chicken breast and 2 cans (15 oz. each) of Great Northern beans. Let the entire mixture simmer for at least 15 minutes (up to 1 hour to really get the flavors to blend). Serve with a dollop of low-fat sour cream, cilantro, avocado or any of your favorite chili toppings!