Chili is one of America’s favorite comfort food dishes. As it slowly simmers on the stove filling the house with warm, spicy scents, you know that you’re in for a treat. Usually, large chili bowls are topped off with loads of sour cream and shredded cheese, which can be tasty, but regretful come bathing suit season. We’ve rounded up some helpful tips for a healthy chili and even crafted our own low-calorie recipe. You won’t be disappointed in this healthier version — and neither will your waistline.
So, how can we make chili healthier while keeping with the same comfort and flavors that we have come to adore in a big bowl of chili? Opt for a leaner cut of ground beef, which has fewer grams of fat. Next, load up on the vegetables. Try starting your chili with a mixture of onions, carrots, and celery. Then, you can spice your chili with jalapenos or use bell peppers for a milder chili. Add some of your favorite chili spices and stew in the tomatoes and kidney beans.
To top off your healthy chili, try using plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Use reduced-fat cheese or skip the cheese altogether and opt for a mix of creamy avocado and fresh salsa instead. Sprinkle on some sliced scallions and chopped cilantro with a squeeze of lime juice for extra flavor and crunch. Also, swap out the cornbread for a slice of whole wheat toast.
This recipe is hearty and protein-packed with all the same flavors of your favorite chili. Plus, it has several different vegetables and is topped with low-fat and fresh ingredients. So, try this version of a healthier chili and the fresh taste may surprise you and also prove you don’t have to give up your favorite foods, just alter them to be healthier.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.