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

1 cup

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


  • 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)


  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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