3 Healthy Chili Recipes for Fall

Nothing says fall comfort food like a bowl of chili. For your next get-together, ladle out these hearty variations packed with root veggies and robust Mexican-style flavors.
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Nothing says fall comfort food like a bowl of chili. For your next get-together, ladle out these hearty variations packed with root veggies and robust Mexican-style flavors.
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Nothing says fall comfort food like a bowl of chili. For your next get-together, ladle out these hearty variations packed with root veggies and robust Mexican-style flavors.

Habanero-Turkey Chili

Flexitarian
Serves 4
Consider this pot pie a baked version of healing chicken soup, with an Italian twist.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ tsp smoked or seasoned sea salt
  • 8 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 habanero, seeded and minced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 cups (16 oz) low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large stockpot over medium heat, warm oil. Add turkey, sprinkle with sea salt, and cook turkey without moving
it to allow for searing, 4 minutes. Flip turkey and scatter half the scallions and all of the carrots, celery, habanero, and cilantro on top; cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies soften and turkey fully browns, 4–5 minutes. Add tomatoes and broth to the pot, and bring to a simmer over medium heat; reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until mixture thickens, 20–25 minutes. Garnish with remaining scallions and cheese.

NUTRITIONAL INFO 367 calories per serving, 20 g fat (10 g saturated), 20 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 28 g protein,
520 mg sodium

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Black Bean–Mole Chili with Mexican Crema

Vegetarian
Serves 4
Cacao powder lends a rich, almost smoky flavor, and it acts as a thickener.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 15-oz cans low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 quart low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup roasted red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup Mexican crema

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large stockpot over medium heat, warm oil. Add onion, carrots, and celery and cook until onion starts to brown, 7–8 minutes. Stir in cacao, tomato paste, chili powder, and black pepper; cook 1 minute. Add beans and broth and bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until broth thickens, 5–10 minutes. Garnish with bell pepper and crema.

NUTRITIONAL INFO 37 calories per serving, 17 g fat (12 g saturated), 56 g carbs, 22 g fiber, 16 g protein, 569 mg sodium

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Lentil–Sweet Potato Chili

Vegan
Serves 4

Lentils and sweet potatoes are great stand-ins for beans since they provide the same great, chunky texture plus additional folate (in lentils), a nutrient critical to all your cells, and beta-carotene (in sweet potatoes) for skin and eye health.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (1 lb), diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 jalapeños, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 limes, zested and quartered
  • ½ cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 quart low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large stockpot over medium heat, warm oil. Add sweet potatoes, onion, and jalapeños; cook until onion starts to brown, 7–8 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, and lime zest; cook 1 minute. Add lentils, tomatoes, and broth; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until lentils and potatoes are tender, 25–30 minutes. Garnish with avocado, chia seeds, and lime wedges.

NUTRITIONAL INFO 437 calories per serving, 17 g fat (7 g saturated), 62 g carbs, 21 g fiber, 13 g protein, 310 mg sodium

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