Easy Healthy Winter Chili

My husband is a big fan of chili – and I love how easy it is to chop up, throw in the crockpot, and let it simmer all day! Having leftovers for days doesn’t hurt, either. I found this recipe after trying many others, and I was surprised how easy it was to prepare, there weren’t too many ingredients, and the flavor is just right. I put my own spin on this, of course, to make it a little healthier. I make mine with no added salt, no added sugar, and we use turkey meat instead of the traditional beef, but you can swap out whatever meat you prefer! Also, I like to make this in larger batches, so I triple all the ingredients to ensure we have lots of leftovers!

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 2 Hours
Serves: 6

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey or 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb ground venison
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Mexican-style tomatoes (like Rotel)
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 12teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1teaspoon paprika
  • 1 (14 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup water

Optional toppings: 

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Green onion


  1. Cook ground meat with onions and peppers in large pan.
  2. Drain excess grease, put meat into a crockpot or dutch oven.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to meat, cover and simmer 1-2 hours.
  4. Serve with your favorite toppings!

Let us know your favorite way to make this recipe!

Emily Olson

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