Baby It’s Cold Outside

Yikes! Last week it was warm and sunny outside. Today it’s cold and rainy. Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. Days like these make me want to stay home with a big bowl of something warm, like extra hot chili.

Can I just brag for a minute? Um, my chili is awesome! It’s super spicy, so it’s extra belly-warming yumminess. I use extra lean ground beef and load it with veggies and beans, which means it’s low in fat and calories but high in fiber and protein. I used the recipe builder in Spark Recipes to get the nutritional info. I had to estimate the number of servings, but it should be about right. FAIR WARNING – This mother is hot! Take out the jalapeno/habanero seeds if you don’t want spicy.

In envision a lot of this chili in the very near future.

Emily’s Lean and Spicy White Bean Chili


1 lb extra lean ground beef

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground oregano

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 1/2 tbsp cumin

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1 whole bay leaf

2 cups onions, chopped

1 cup each red, orange and green peppers, chopped (about one medium pepper, each)

1 small jalapeno pepper, minced (remove seeds for mild chili/keep seeds for spicy chili)

3 small habanero peppers, minced (remove seeds for mild chili/keep seeds for spicy chili)

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 15.5 oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 15.5 oz can white/northern, rinsed and drained

3 oz tomato paste

8 oz canned tomato sauce

28 oz canned diced tomatoes



In a large stock pot, brown the meat and drain the fat.

Stir in onion, all peppers and garlic. Cook 5-7 minutes.

Add in spices (chili powder through salt). Stir together.

Add beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Stir together.

Add in bay leaf.

Bring pot to a boil. Cover and simmer at least two hours, or until thick.

Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.


Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 10 generous helpings

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 257.2
  • Total Fat: 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 26.0 mg
  • Sodium: 485.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 37.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.9 g
  • Protein: 19.1 g

(Weight Watchers points value: 5)

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