11 Healthy Chili Recipes That’ll Warm You Up This Winter
After months of unseasonably warm weather, the cold is brutally, unquestionably here. And though it may be miserable as you traverse the windy streets of Boston, it’s an excellent excuse to whip up a hearty comfort food like chili, a classic dish popular enough to land in Google’s list of trending recipes in 2015.
Here are 11 healthy chili recipes you can make tonight:
1. Roasted Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili
via Foodie Crush
Made with squash, white beans, and turkey, this recipe is a healthy-yet-filling alternative to beef chili. Sage and white wine elevate the flavors just enough.
2. 4-Ingredient Quick Chili
via the Collegiate Vegan
It does not get easier than this. Grab black beans, corn, salsa, and a sweet potato on your way home from work, and you’re good to go.
3. Lentil and Bean Chili
via Asia Bradlee
This vegetarian recipe, which could easily be made vegan as well, packs just about all of your veggies for the day into one bowl. Serve with avocado, low-fat cheese, or Greek yogurt.
4. Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Chili
via Simply Stacie
For a totally different look and flavor than traditional chili, try white chili. Made with chicken, corn, white beans, salsa verde, and plenty of spice, it’ll definitely warm you up.
5. Crockpot Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Chili
via Simply Quinoa
You won’t even miss meat in this recipe, made a little heartier with the additions of quinoa and sweet potato. Avocado slices would make a great topping.
6. Vegetarian Black Bean Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
via Ambitious Kitchen
This recipe combines two winter classics, making for one of the healthiest loaded baked potatoes you’re likely to ever eat.
7. Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate
via Cooking Light
If you’re a fan of mole sauce, give this recipe a try. It’s also an excellent way to get a small hit of chocolate for less than 300 calories per serving.
8. Slow Cooker Pumpkin, Turkey, Kale Chili
via Recipe Runner
Give chili a (slightly) higher-brow makeover with kale and pumpkin. Bonus: Since it’s a slow cooker recipe, you can assemble it in the morning and have it ready the moment you walk through the door.
9. Buffalo Chicken Chili
via Gimme Some Oven
Buffalo chicken isn’t all about wings and bar food. In this recipe, it adds kick to an otherwise lean, veggie-filled meal.
10. Poblano-Jalapeño Chili
via Cooking Light
It may contain beer and sirloin, but this spicy dish is surprisingly low in calories: just under 350 per serving. Leave off the sour cream to make it even lighter.
11. Spicy Veggie Bean Chili
via the Glowing Fridge
Think of all the nutritious ingredients typically in chili, then add bell pepper, zucchini, quinoa, and a dash of cinnamon. Now you’ve given family dinner a little update.