Chili is a great year-round recipe that is easily expanded to feed a crowd! I love to use this recipe to accompany watching any sporting event (conveniently it also pairs very well with a beer!). Very high in protein and very low in fat, it’s a comfort food you can still feel good about! And as an added bonus, it doesn’t take a lot to make.

Ingredients (makes 6 servings):

  • 1 pound of ground beef (I usually go for an 85% lean – you don’t need 99% lean beef with its added cost to make a healthy meal!)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves (depending on size and preference)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained
  • Salt to taste


Like I said – doesn’t take a lot to make! You can literally fit all the ingredients on your cutting board.


  • Chop onion and garlic.


  • Heat onion, garlic, and beef in medium-sized pot over stove. Break apart beef and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until beef is browned.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except beans and salt.
  • Stir thoroughly and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer (covered) for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in drained kidney beans and stir thoroughly. Increase to medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Add salt as needed for taste. Wait until the very end for this. You want to give your meat and your seasonings a chance to simmer together and blend flavors. Tasting now instead of earlier will give you a better idea of how much salt to add – if any!

This recipe yields 6 servings and is another great one to make in batches and keep in the freezer.

So much chili!


The other great thing about chili is the variety of ways to serve it! My favorite serving option is over egg noodles with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese. You can also serve it with rice, cornbread, or by itself. How do you enjoy your chili?