Healthy and easy homemade chili
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Hearty & Healthy Chili Con Carne

Hearty & Healthy Chili Con Carne is the perfect weeknight meal. There is something about chili that is very satisfying. This recipe is from the cookbook, Quick & Healthy Recipes and Ideas by Brenda J. Ponichtera. She focuses on keeping things simple and healthy.
This recipe can be made with extra lean ground beef or lean ground turkey. The recipe shown here is with extra lean range fed ground beef grown on our farm. For a tasty garnish sprinkle some regular cheddar or reduced fat cheese on top.
Easy homemade chili

This chili is gluten-free, yeast-free (without cheese), and Weight Watcher friendly.  Weight Watcher points are 6 for each 1-cup serving made with beef and 5 points if made with turkey.

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I added 1/2 serving of reduced cheese for 1 more point. You could put the other half serving of cheese on a salad, or add it all to your chili. Whatever suits your taste.

To Make Hearty & Healthy Chili Con Carne You Will Need These Ingredients:
Canned kidney beans or mix it up with pinto beans and red beans
Large onions
Green pepper
Extra lean ground beef or turkey
Canned tomatoes   ( I like to puree mine)
Tomato sauce
Bay leaves
Chili powder

We like to make tasty  Corny Cornbread or Gluten Free Cornbread to serve with the chili.

Corn bread with gluten-free options

Mmmm…don’t you look forward to a spoonful of this?

Healthy and easy homemade chili


Hearty & Healthy Chili Con Carne

A delicious homemade chili recipe for busy weeknights.
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy homemade chili
Author: Mary Krick


  • 3 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained ~ or mix it up with pinto beans and red beans.
  • 2 large onions ~ chopped
  • 2 green pepper ~ chopped
  • 2 lbs. extra-lean ground beef or turkey
  • 2 16 oz cans tomatoes ~ I like to puree mine
  • 2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 bay leaves ~ crumbled
  • 2 tbsp chili powder


  • In a large kettle brown the meat. Drain. (I always drain my meat even though it is lean)
  • Add to the meat, onion and green pepper. Let cook about 3 minutes.
  • Add all ingredients. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • That’s it! Now relax while it is cooking or make some Corny Cornbread or Gluten-Free Cornbread.

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