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Healthy Chilli Con Carne

Healthy Chilli Con Carne is a typical weeknight meal in this household. The days have been long and cold and at the end of the day I just want to sit back and relax with a warm bowl of something hearty. Chili is really easy to make. Everything cooks in one pot, and you can make this on the stove top in 30 minutes or cook it low and slow in a slow cooker if you like to prepare ahead.

Healthy Chilli Con Carne
Healthy Beef Chili topped with Sour Cream and Cheese

Is Chili Spicy?

Yes, it can be. Everyone’s spice threshold is different. I used to be able to handle so much spice, but once I got pregnant I became very sensitive to it. Just note that if this becomes a little too spicy, you can always add sour cream or Avocado to it to chill out the heat. Also, I serve my chili with a side of rice which also balances out everything.

What is in Chili?

Chili is a hearty stew that normally has some type of ground meat and beans, or just one or the other. Newer styles of chili also incorporate other cuts of meat or bacon, as well. Chili can be completely vegetarian or contain tons of meat. Chili also has a unique blend of spices. It normally has a little kick to it, but if that is not for you, you can omit that. I recommend using at least a little spice because the balance of flavors all work together to create something delicious.

This Healthy Chilli Con Carne includes:

Beef, beans, onion, tomatoes, spices, and beef broth. I like to top my chili with sour cream, avocado, some green onions, and some shredded Mexican blend cheese. If you are dairy-free there are so many great dairy free substitutes by brands like Miyokos and Kite Hill.

Ingredients for Healthy Chilli Con Carne
Ingredients for Healthy Beef Chili

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Healthy Chilli Con Carne

My favorite easy chili recipe full of ground beef and black beans is such a satisfying and comforting bowl of chili!
5 from 1 vote
Course dinner, lunch


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion Diced
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef I use 96/4
  • 1 can Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes can
  • 1 cup Beef Broth


  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 3/4 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Powder If you are sensitive to heat, use less
  • 1.5 tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Optional Ingredients

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • tortilla chips


  • In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil and saute the diced onions until they are starting to brown
  • Add the beef, tomato paste, and all of the spices. Let this cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the beef is nice and brown. The more you brown the meat, the better the flavor will be.
  • When the beef is just about done browning, add the crushed tomatoes, mix well and let this come to a low boil.
  • Add the beans and beef broth and then cover and cook on low heat for 25-30 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and serve immediately with your favorite toppings or eat alone.
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  1. Jay Aronowitz says:

    5 stars
    Love that Chili can actually be healthy. And I also like it served with rice.