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Have Your Chili and Eat it Too!

When it’s cold outside, I love me some chili. There’s something about a big bowl of steaming hot chili topped with cheese served with saltines. The thing is, it can be really loaded with calories and fat. And that’s a double dose of what we’re trying to rule out, right? I want something that’s good for me and still tastes good, not like grass or cardboard. Here’s what I came up with. I wish I had the lab equipment to calculate calories per serving, but I don’t, so we’ll just have to do this one blindly. I will tell you that the chili mix I use calls for 2 lbs ground beef. I used less than 1lb of 90% lean ground beef, but pumped it up with black beans, kidney beans, and corn. Oh, and diced tomatoes too. Hard to have chili w/o tomatoes!

Healtified Chili

1 pkg 2 Alarm chili mix
1lb 90% lean ground beef
1 can each black beans and kidney beans drained and rinsed
1 C frozen corn
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can 8oz tomato sauce
2 8oz cans water

1. Brown ground beef and drain. You can cook onions with the beef if you like.
2. In a medium to large size pot, place the water, beans, corn, tomatoes and the spices from the chili mix and bring it to a nice simmer.
3. Add drained ground beef.
4. Continue simmering 30 minutes or until chili has thickened.
5. Serve with saltines and a sprinkle of cheese if desired.

Yumorama! There you go, a healthier way to have your chili.

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Green Chicken Chili 2 Ways

I know, ‘green’ and ‘chili’ in the same sentence can be taken a few ways. But, if you like spicy, even just a little spice, I think you’ll like this recipe. I say ‘2 ways’ because it can be prepared stove top or in your slow cooker. Have I mentioned how much I ❤ my slow cooker? I had this on my menu and really wanted to watch my favorite football team & #W2B play #OSUvsUT. The game was going to be over about dinner time, which would leave me scrambling to get dinner ready. Hmmm, I wonder if I can put this in the slow cooker. The answer? YES! Since you can do it either way, I’ll include instructions for both. Enjoy!

Green Chicken Chili 2 Ways

1 lb chicken cut into bite sized pieces

1 poblano pepper, membranes & seeds removed, and chopped

1/2 medium sized onion chopped

2 cloves garlic pressed or minced

1tsp cumin

2 cans chicken broth 14.5 oz each

2 cans pinto beans drained and rinsed 15oz each

1 bottle salsa verde, 16oz

4 corn tortillas grated w/cheese grater or food processor


1. saute onions, pepper and garlic just until softened.

2. place all ingredients into 4qt slow cooker.

3. cook on low for 6 to 8 hrs, or high for 4 hours.


1. cook chicken in large pot in 1 tbsp oil approx 5 min.

2. remove chicken from pan and cook onion, peppers and garlic for 3 min.

3. add the rest of the ingredients, including grated tortillas, into the pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 15 minutes.

Serve with tortilla chips and fresh cilantro if desired. If you like it spicier, I suppose you could leave in the seeds from the pepper, I don’t know how spicy poblanos are, but w/o the seeds and the green salsa, it’s got a nice warmth to it w/o being painful. Yum! And it’s healthy to boot!

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