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20 Chili Recipes to Keep You Warm This Season

These comforting chili dishes will keep you toasty this season—without sabotaging your weight loss goals. Now that's a win-win!

Cook This!

20 Chili Recipes to Keep You Warm This Season

These comforting chili dishes will keep you toasty this season—without sabotaging your weight loss goals. Now that's a win-win!

As the temperatures continue to decrease, what’s better than coming home to a satisfying bowl of chili? Not much, we’d say. The fulfilling combination of meat, beans, peppers, herbs, and spices pack a hearty serving of fiber and protein, helping you feel fuller for longer. Plus, with a foundation that’s easy to build upon and customize, we’re positive you’ll find at least one new favorite chili recipe on this list. Psst! If chili gets you in the mood for soup, then make sure you take a peek at these 20 Best-Ever Fat-Burning Soups, too!

1

Green Turkey Chili with White Beans

Serves: 4

Nutrition (always per serving): 359 calories, 8.9 g fat, 2.4 g saturated fat, 165 mg sodium, 25.3 g carbs, 7.9 g fiber, 2.1 g sugar, 42.3 g protein (calculated without added salt and with 1 quart organic low-sodium chicken broth)

The Anaheim chilies and Poblano peppers add some extra tang and are sure to satisfy lovers of all things spicy. With only 359 calories per serving and 42.5 grams of lean protein, this flavorful dish won’t leave your stomach grumbling for more. Skip the added salt and swap regular chicken broth for organic low-sodium broth for the perfect lunch.

Get the recipe from Against All Grain.

2

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Chickpea Chili

Serves: 8

Nutrition: 494 calories, 12.7 g fat, 2.8 g saturated fat, 379 mg sodium, 48.8 g carbs, 11.6 g fiber, 7.9 g sugar, 46.7 g protein (calculated with half amount of salsa verde)

This super-easy-to-make chili recipe is sure to delight the entire family, and all you have to do is add all the ingredients to a crockpot and then wait! Nope, no additional cooking required. With only half a jalapeno pepper and one jar of salsa verde, we’re hoping our winter is as mild as this chili.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

3

Chili Chicken Soup with Bell Pepper and Hominy

Serves: 6

Nutrition: 371 calories, 7.2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 499 mg sodium, 35.7 g carbs, 8.1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 42 g protein (calculated without added salt)

This hearty meal’s got chili powder-rubbed chicken, zesty lime, and fiery sriracha that will leave us yearning for a trip to Spain. Ditch the extra salt and top your dish with creamy avocado and flavorful herbs like cilantro. This chili’s whopping 42 grams of protein (thanks to the poultry) will surely deem it one of the tastiest healthy chicken recipes.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

4

Easy 30-Minute Homemade White Chicken Chili

Serves: 10

Nutrition: 437 calories, 6.8 g fat, 1.2 g saturated fat, 176 mg sodium, 57.2g carbs, 22.1 g fiber, 4.2 g sugar, 37.7 g protein (calculated without tortilla strips, chips, crackers, diced avocado, shredded cheese, and sour cream)

Fall calls for warm, hearty soups—and what better way to welcome the new season with a generous portion of this chili that’s packed with fiber and protein? This dish is also high in vitamin B6, which will help maintain your blood sugar. Not to mention, the fragrant Vidalia onions and piquant jalapeno and chili peppers marry to create the perfect sweet-spicy blend.

Get the recipe from Averie Cooks.

5

Crockpot 3-Bean Pumpkin Chili

Serves: 10

Nutrition: 513 calories, 7.2 g fat, 1.1 g saturated fat, 313 mg sodium, 86.5 g carbs, 23 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 29 g protein

Thanks to its copious amount of beans (including black beans, chickpeas, and red kidney beans), plus pumpkin, this dish is chock full of potassium and is a great post-workout meal. Sauté olive oil, onions, peppers, and garlic before transferring all the ingredients into a crockpot. While you’re waiting, check out some of our other healthy crock pot recipes!

Get the recipe from Begin With Nutrition.

6

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Serves: 8

Nutrition: 558 calories, 6.2 g fat, 1.1 g saturated fat, 275 mg sodium, 103.1 g carbs, 22.3 g fiber, 7.1 g sugar, 26.5 g protein

Adding sweet potato makes this meatless chili a vegetarian win. It’s got 91 percent of your daily value of vitamin C, which makes it perfect for combating those nasty seasonal colds. Plus, vitamin C can also help boost your mood and banish stress hormones that contribute to packing on those extra pounds of unwanted belly fat.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

7

Southwestern Chili

Serves: 10

Nutrition: 611 calories, 7.8 g fat, 2.2 g saturated fat, 438 mg sodium, 86.8 g carbs, 22 g fiber, 6.8 g sugar, 50.5 g protein (calculated without added salt and low sodium organic broth)**

Speckled with smoky paprika and cocoa powder, this robust beef chili has loads of body, color, and flavor. Fresh salsa and lime add an extra kick to this already delightful dish. Plus, it’s packed with 118 percent of your daily value of anemia-fighting iron, which is essential for enzyme and hormone production. It’s a bit high in the calorie, carb, and sodium count, so stick to just one bowl!

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

8

Hearty 4-Meat Chili

Serves: 12

Nutrition: 556 calories, 12.1 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 406 mg sodium, 59.3 g carbs, 14.2 g fiber, 10.6 g sugar, 52.8 g protein (calculated without added salt, half the amount of beans, and 1 packet of seasoning mix)

This meal is no doubt a meat lover’s dream! It’s got all the iron-packed red meats you can think of off the top of your head: beef, veal, and pork. All that good stuff leaves it high in vitamin B6, which promotes the healthy breakdown of protein, carbs, and fats. Add a sprinkle of scallions, Greek yogurt, and low-fat cheddar for the ultimate Football Sunday chili that will score you big points!

Get the recipe from The Corner Kitchen.

9

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Serves:8

Nutrition: 551 calories, 11.9 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 287 mg sodium, 76.3 g carbs, 19.8 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 40.9 g protein

With a nutritional mix of lean turkey, beans, veggies, and warm spices like cumin, cayenne, and cinnamon, this comforting soup will actually make you want to get up off that cozy couch to make it. It’s also quite high in potassium, thanks to the meat and kidney and black beans.

Get the recipe from The Corner Kitchen.

10

Easy Chili Cornbread Casserole

Serves: 6

Nutrition: 349 calories, 10.6 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 677 mg sodium, 48 g carbs, 6.1 g fiber, 7.3 g sugar, 16.3 g protein (calculated with Amy’s organic low sodium chili, 1/2 cup low fat mozzarella, and skim milk)

Nothing screams comforting more than a casserole. Although you can use any one of these chili recipes to create this delightful dish, we used Amy’s Organic Low-Sodium Chili. We also subbed whole milk for skim and only used a half-cup of low-fat cheese for a healthy spin-off that still tastes like one of your favorite cheat meals.

Get the recipe from Cravings Of A Lunatic.

11

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Serves: 10

Nutrition: 613 calories, 10.8 g fat, 4.8 g saturated fat, 217 mg sodium, 82.8 g carbs, 20.2 g fiber, 4.9 g sugar, 46.7 g protein (calculated without toppings)

This ultra creamy stew’s got a harmonious blend of spices, smooth white beans, and protein-packed chicken breast—we really don’t think chili can get any better than this. Plus, it’s super rich yet still light.

Get the recipe from Crème de la Crumb.

12

One Pot Italian Sausage Chili

Serves: 6

Nutrition: 482 calories, 13.5 g fat, 3.9 g saturated fat, 710 mg sodium, 61.1 g carbs, 14.7 g fiber, 3.5 g sugar, 30.3 g protein (calculated without added salt)

This pot is stuffed with smoky Italian sausage, cilantro, and two types of filling beans—AKA, the best dinner ever that won’t leave you scrubbing the night away over the kitchen sink. Plus, it’s got noodles, and who doesn’t love those?! This Italian dream will surely have you leaving the table saying “Delizioso!”

Get the recipe from Crème de la Crumb.

13

30-Minute Chocolate Espresso Beef and Black Bean Chili

Serves: 10

Nutrition: 502 calories, 7.3 g fat, 2.2 g saturated fat, 219 mg sodium, 68.6 g carbs, 17.6 g fiber, 10.5 g sugar, 42.4 g protein (calculated without added salt)

This stew, loaded with complex flavors like espresso and cocoa powders (yup, you heard us correctly) may leave you too satisfied even for dessert. These aromatic additions, along with pure honey drizzles, add a whole new realm to this beefy stew. Bonus: This scrumptious concoction can be ready in barely 30 minutes.

Get the recipe from An Edible Mosaic.

14

Quinoa Chili

Serves: 12

Nutrition: 387 calories, 6.8 g fat, 1.2 g saturated fat, 250 mg sodium, 65.3 g carbs, 15.4 g fiber, 6.3 g sugar, 19.9 g protein

Quinoa + chili = match made in food heaven. The quinoa maintains its texture while marinating in all the savory veggies and spices. Don’t forget to toss in some corn kernels for a sweet surprise. This is nutritious vegetarian pick is definitely one of our favorite quinoa recipes yet!

Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.

15

Southwestern Skillet Chicken Chili Mac

Serves: 12

Nutrition: 452 calories, 5.9 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 276 mg sodium, 68.3 g carbs, 11.8 g fiber, 3.2 g sugar, 32.2 g protein**

Sub regular pasta for whole grain bowties or cavatappi for extra fiber and texture in this delectable dish. The lean chicken breast adds an extra protein punch, plus selenium, a trace mineral that acts as an antioxidant and protects us from free radicals. So, don’t fret those cool weather blues; this chili’s got you covered.

Get the recipe from Fearless Homemaker.

16

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Chili

Serves: 6

Nutrition: 436 calories, 6.3 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 520 mg sodium, 61.8 g carbs, 16.4 g fiber, 11.9 g sugar, 36.2 g protein

Forget Taco Tuesday and stay in to create this delectable chicken fajita chili. The hearty beans and rainbow peppers add a healthy dose of fiber, while the kickin’ cumin and chili powder will surely benefit from a topping of cubed creamy avo. We couldn’t think of a better way to give our wallets a break from Chipotle.

Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.

17

Fall Harvest Chili

Serves: 12

Nutrition: 385 calories, 3.4 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 289 mg sodium, 68.2 g carbs, 21.4 g fiber, 12.6 g sugar, 24.8 g protein (calculated without added salt and used 2 cups of kidney beans)

With farm-fresh produce like eggplant, red peppers, and crimini mushrooms, this stew has a whole lot to love. Cooking the combo in coconut oil gives it a rich flavor that you won’t be able to resist. Last but not least, it’s jam-packed with protein and fiber while being totally vegan- and Paleo-friendly.

Get the recipe from In Sonnet’s Kitchen.

18

Spicy Wakame Chili

Serves: 12

Nutrition: 402 calories, 3.2 g fat, 0.6 g saturated fat, 159 mg sodium, 72.6 g carbs, 17.7 g fiber, 7.7 g sugar, 23.9 g protein (calculated without wakame)

Waka-what? Wakame is an edible seaweed packed with iron, calcium, magnesium, folate, and iodine—making this dish a total pick-me-up. Instead of spending date night fumbling with your chopsticks, opt for trying out this Japanese-inspired chili at home.

Get the recipe from In Sonnet’s Kitchen.

19

Drunken Turkey Chili Mac

Serves: 12

Nutrition: 597 calories, 12.2 g fat, 1.9 g saturated fat, 506 mg sodium, 83 g carbs, 15.1 g fiber, 9.3 g sugar, 44.4 g protein

Worcestershire sauce, fennel seed, and coriander pack a punch when added to protein-filled turkey and beans. Plus, this recipe is super easy to make because it only requires a Dutch oven. So, go ahead and invest in that slow cooker, which we named one of the 40 Things Healthy Cooks Always Have in Their Kitchen.

Get the recipe from Kudos Kitchen by Renee.

20

Smoky Beer Chili

Serves: 10

Nutrition: 533 calories, 14.5 g fat, 4.4 g saturated fat, 539 mg sodium, 69.3 g carbs, 18.4 g fiber, 10.9 g sugar, 31.4 g protein

Bold flavors like roasted garlic, red pepper flakes, and fiery jalapenos flirt with the sausage and beans in this scrumptious stew that’s high in iron and potassium. Oh, and did we mention it’s got beer? This combo will definitely get you drunk in love with chili.

Get the recipe from** Kudos Kitchen by Renee.