Chili Month

October 21, 2019
| Created by Melanie Taylor, MS, RDN, CD

October is National Chili Month, and what better time to enjoy a piping hot bowl of warming chili!  It seems everyone has their own thoughts about what chili should be made with—beans, meat, or both can be a heated discussion among chili lovers.  One thing is for sure…chili can be a healthy and filling meal

How do you keep your favorite chili recipe on the healthier side? 

  • If you do like your chili with meat, choose at least 93% lean ground beef or cubes of sirloin or round steak.  Drain grease after browning.
  • The more beans the better! They add protein and fiber, filling you up and keeping you feeling full longer!
  • Try this white chili with chicken breast, green chilies, and white beans for a change.
  • Choose low sodium or no-salt added canned tomatoes/paste and beans.
  • Watch your toppings.  Try fat free plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and load up with fresh cilantro or green onions.  Use sharp cheddar for more flavor with a small amount.
  • Sometimes convenience is a must!  When choosing canned, prepared chili, look for the Dietitian’s Choice green tag like this option, to keep sodium at a reasonable level. 

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