Everyone has their own version of chili. Mine is nothing grand, or imaginative or groundbreaking, but it is tasty and fairly good for you.


  • 1 pound ground turkey breast (I use turkey breast because its lower in calorie and we are trying to lose weight, but feel free to use ground beef, pork or chicken or any combination of meats)

  • 1/2 medium onion chopped

  • 1 small green bell pepper chopped

  • 1 can black beans (black beans are essential to this recipe, they have a wonderful texture and flavor)

  • 1 can pinto beans (can also use kidney beans or white beans)

  • 2 cans diced tomatoes

  • 1 small can tomato sauce

  • 1 packet chili seasoning mix ( My favorite is Carroll Shelby’s Original Texas Chili Kit but I also like  Brooks or Williams brands)

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

  • 1/2 cup medium picante sauce

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


1. Cook the meat until about half done

2. Add peppers and onions

3. Cook until peppers and onions start to become soft

4. Add one can of the diced tomatoes (with  juice)

5. Simmer for about 5 minutes

6. Place mixture in crock pot (or large pot) and add remaining ingredients

7. Stir well

8. Cook for 2-3 hours if using a crock pot or 1 hour if cooking on the stove top (you can cook this all day on low in a crock pot to have a nice dinner when you get home from work or sledding)

Serve straight up or with tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, sliced green onion or sour cream.

Nutritional Information (based on the ingredients and brands I use)

Servings: 8 (breakdown is per serving)

Calories: 213

Fat: 3 grams

Cholesterol: 26.5 mg

Sodium: 972 mg

Carbs: 24.5 grams

Sugars: 6 grams

Fiber: 8.75 grams

Protein: 19 grams