Once the wind cools, the leaves change, and the occasional chili cook-off invitation rolls around, it is nothing short of a necessity to dust off your favorite warm, cozy meals to share with your friends and family.
And nothing says fall like a hefty, steaming bowl of homemade chili. But it can be challenging to find recipes that cater to a healthy diet. This year, don’t waste time scouring the internet for the perfect high-protein, low-calorie chili recipe. Look no further! Here is the master list of every healthy chili recipe you need—whether it’s to share or for solitary enjoyment—for the most delicious fall yet.
Turkey is an autumn staple. And believe it or not, this white meat bird is perfectly paired with any tomato-based chili you might conjure up. This recipe by Ambitious Kitchen will be a hit at any social gathering and produces a satisfying and nutritious meal everyone is sure to love. That’s because it leverages a scrumptious blend of cumin, oregano, and cilantro for a flavor. The recipe requires 10 minutes of prep time and 45 minutes of cooking time, meaning you’ll have your new favorite dinner in your hands in less than an hour. This recipe boasts a whopping 31.8 grams of protein with only 336 calories per 1.5 cups, leaving you happy, full, and guilt-free.
Sweet and savory is one of the most incredible combinations. This chili recipe still has your classic tomato base with a warm, savory flavor but adds a sweet twist and delicious texture with the addition of a sweet potato. The mix of classic ingredients like cilantro and cumin perfectly blends with the added cinnamon and paprika. Not only is it guaranteed to impress, but you can also keep your leftovers frozen for 5-6 months or refrigerated for 3-4 days so you can enjoy it more than once (assuming, of course, that there are leftovers in the first place!). The recipe by Evolving Table is 375 calories per 1.5 servings and provides 29 grams of lean protein. If you’re looking for a unique, healthy, and totally addicting meal to share with your loved ones, you can’t go wrong with Sweet Potato Turkey Chili.
Who doesn’t love a classic bowl of green chili? Whether you use it to smother your burritos and enchiladas, enjoy it with perfectly toasted tortilla chips, or sprinkle it with cheese and eat it with a spoon, there is no better way to stay on track with your dietary goals and savor a delicious meal. The recipe from Well Plated calls for a beautiful blend of jalapeno peppers, green tomato salsa, garlic, and oregano to take your healthy green chili to the next level. The subsequent taste is authentic, fresh, and nothing short of a fan favorite. It requires 25 minutes of preparation followed by an hour and 15 minutes of cooking. The recipe consists of 427 calories per 1.5 cups and a whopping 43 grams of protein. Don’t shy away from impressing your dinner guests with a cooked-to-perfection batch.
If you’re looking for a recipe that you can make in a jam, this healthy white chicken chili is the perfect option. In fact, The recipe from Ambitious Kitchen replaces the black beans found in many chilis with chickpeas that provide tons of protein and a twist on color and flavor. The preparation time is 10 minutes. and cooking time lasts 30 minutes, leaving you a crowd-pleasing meal, even if you’re in a hurry. Plus, this creamy, dairy-free, low-carb, high-protein chili makes for some epic leftovers. It will last one week when refrigerated, but when frozen, you can enjoy it up to three months later. The recipe is 495 calories per two cups and has 45.7 grams of protein!
For those who stray away from meat, this high-protein chili recipe is just the thing. Though it’s similar to classic chili recipes, this one specifically calls for a mix of garlic and coriander for an extra savory flair. Not only is this recipe from Eating Well only 311 calories per one cup, but it is also gluten-free, vegetarian, high-fiber, and has low added sugars. This is a superb recipe to share with all of your loved ones on any given chilly day!
No matter what kind of chili floats your boat, these recipes will ensure that you have a happy, full stomach. Next time you’re feeling particularly dreary, try these chili recipes for your friends and family—you won’t regret it!