Healthy Beef Chili Recipe

Growing up in South Africa I never really knew about the dish, favoured by so many Americans, called Chili Con Carne. I used to think I was just making a savoury ground beef dish instead of traditional bolognaise, which meant I came out with some sort of hybrid of the two.

But now I know, the beauty, and deliciousness that goes into a cosy and warming (sometimes too warming if you drop an extra tablespoon of chili powder in on purpose by accident) bowl of chili. You can make chili with a variety of different proteins, white beans included, but I prefer ground turkey or beef.


Finding ground turkey in France (dinde hachรฉe, which I pronounce dEEEnd instead of duhnd when asking a very perplexed young gentleman in our local Carrefour supermarket) is like finding the fountain of youth; when you find it you buy all their stock and freeze it.

So today’s recipe is made using lean beef, which is equally delicious.

Healthy Beef Chili

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A tasty, wholesome and healthier version of the favourite chili con carne.



  • 350g lean ground beef
  • 1 400g tin tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 150g red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 120g sweetcorn
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1tbsp tomato paste
  • 250ml beef or vegetable stock, low salt (I used homemade vegetable stock)
  • 1-2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2-1 tbsp turmeric (just because it’s so good for you)
  • Pinch salt
  • Black pepper


  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat, add onions. Sautรฉ for 3 min
  2. Add garlic, green beans, red peppers and tomato paste, Sautรฉ until onions are translucent
  3. Add beef and cook until no longer pink
  4. Add spices
  5. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, sweet corn and stock
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer
  7. Simmer for 45 minutes or until water has reduced and sauce is nice and thick.
  8. Serve with greek yoghurt with a squirt of lime juice, a tiny bit of strong cheddar, avocado and corn chips to scoop up the chili. (Optional)

Aproximate Calories without toppings: 285; With toppings: 479.

Protein 26.1g : Carbs 23.5g : Fat 7.3g (per serving)


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