Healthy Spicy Beef and Black Bean Chili

It’s the 3rd day of the New Year…how are you holding up? Are you still sticking to your resolutions? I thought for once I wouldn’t have to lose weight this New Year. I held my ground until mid-December when my husband’s family came for Christmas and then it was an eating free for all. I tried as hard as I could to not water down my calories with healthy things like vegetables. I considered it my personal responsibility to taste every dish at every holiday party AND every treat on every holiday plate from my neighbors and friends. Soooo….I have a couple of elle bees to lose. I’m not going to be too hard on myself. Last year at this time my baby was 5 months old and was 35 pounds heavier than I am today so compared to that I’m doing better.

People always think that if you are trying to eat healthy you have to stick to chicken and fish. The truth is if you eat the right cut of beef or pork, it’s just as low in calories. You need to choose a lean cut of meat like sirloin in this recipe. Make sure the package has a lean to fat ratio of at least 90/10. I know everyone has a chili recipe…but do you know exactly what’s in your chili recipe? I have peace of mind when I know how many calories are in a recipe (unless I’m indulging then I don’t want to know :) ) and one serving of this chili is 298 calories. It takes around 12 minutes to cook start to finish so cross the “healthy cooking takes too long” excuse out of your brain.

Healthy Spicy Beef and Black Bean Chili

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: Each serving with sour cream: 298 calories

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 Tablespoon less sodium Taco seasoning
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, undrained
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • chopped green onion or cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook beef in a medium pot on medium high heat until browned. Drain and return to pan. Stir in taco seasoning and all of the other ingredients except sour cream and garnish. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 7-8 minutes or until heated through. Pour into bowls and top with sour cream and garnish.

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  1. This is perfect! It’s the type of thing I would make at the beginning of the week and eat everyday for lunch!

  2. I love chili and somehow I haven’t made any yet this season! Shame on me?

  3. This chili looks perfect. Awesome recipe.

  4. Always love finding new recipes for chili! I have a few favorites in my arsenal, including butternut squash chili, chile mole and my in-law’s family recipe, but I’m always looking for new favorites! Looks delicious!

  5. Hi Christy… I’m not sure if I’ve commented on your blog before or not. I was Heather’s roomie back at good ol’ Belmont while she was dating Cade. I remember meeting you a few times… anyway, I love your blog! And I think your writing is just as great as your recipes. Thanks for the inspiration to keep my new years weight loss resolution… my baby is now 7 months and I still have about 15 to lose… man. Keep up the great posts!

  6. This is just fabulous, I am digging it. Lovely picture.

  7. Craig told me your were a nazi about going to the gym while he was there….i doubt you have any lbs. to lose, but this chili looks great!

  8. This looks delish!

  9. This looks delish!

  10. @Darcie,
    Yes, I totally remember you. How are you? It’s been a long time!

    @Kristy,
    So Craig, the gym nazi, calling me the gym nazi? Funny. There’s only so much working out you can do to compensate for the crap I ate. On the way home from the football game alone I ate probably 12 cookies. No exaggeration.

  11. Awesome! Totally want to make this. Keep posting healthy recipes – I too am feeling the need to detox after this holiday!

    PS- ‘elle bees’ made me LOL in my office. Love it!!

  12. Yum. The dollop of sour cream finishes the dish. Thanks.

  13. Yum! Just stumbled across this blog via TasteSpotting. Looks terrific! Another easy tip to cut the calories in chili or soup is to replace the sour cream with low fat plain yogurt (I seriously think it tastes better than sour cream anyway)! Good luck with the resolutions! :)

  14. Sweet! I actually have all of these ingredients on hand. I’ll be trying this for dinner!

  15. Oh yum! We posted something really similar today- great minds think alike! ;) yours looks great and I’m in l-o-v-e with your blue bowl.

  16. Christy, this looks like a perfect meal for our damp and chilly PNW winter days. I am relatively new to your blog, but wanted to let you know how much I enjoy the food and recipes you feature here. This is a rally nice place to visit. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  17. I LOVE chili!

    This looks delicious!

    I’m inspired to make some for my blog too!

    Thanks!
    Lisa

  18. This dish looks incredible. It’s so hard being a foodie and sticking to resolutions. SIGH. Happy Monday.

  19. I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your blog and that I use your recipes (including this one) all the time! I work at a residential treatment center for youth and am always looking for yummy recipes to make for the students meals! If you want, you can check out my blog at croutonsandcupcakes.blogspot.com. Thank you for all of your amazing recipes that you share! You make my menu making a whole lot easier :)

  20. Christie, thanks for the great recipes! You are adorable!