CHEERS to football season!  America loves football, that’s a given.  But what’s Football Sunday without good food?  And to be more specific – good chili?  

As your leading wellness resource, of course we’re going to tell you to eat healthy.  But as your trusted friend, we’re also not going to lie and say we dislike indulging in some good old comfort food.

The solution? Take classic chili recipes that tend to be loaded with sodium and ingredients your body doesn’t need and replace them with healthier (but still) tasty ingredients.  Go ahead and indulge….you deserve it!

Healthy Turkey Chili 

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Courtesy of Well Plated

Recipe from wellplated.com

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), cored and chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed (optional—I added it!)
  • 2 pounds ground turkey (I used 93% lean)*
  • 1 1/2-2 cups water, more as needed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes in their juices
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Sliced fresh avocado
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño
  • Shredded cheese
  • Plain non-fat Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • Freshly chopped cilantro

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili 

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Courtesy of What’s Gaby Cooking?

Recipe from whatsgabycooking.com

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • 1 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup dried quinoa
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • serving suggestions: avocado, cilantro, crema, cheese

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Chili 

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Courtesy of Blue Grass Bites

Recipe from bluegrassbites.com

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as Rotel), undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted salsa style diced tomatoes*, undrained
  • 1 (12-ounce) can or bottle beer
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning**
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend, for topping
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, crushed tortilla chips, and sliced green onions for topping, if desired

White Bean and Turkey Chili 

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Courtesy of My Recipes

Recipe from myrecipes.com

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion (about 2 medium)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 1/2 cup diced seeded plum tomato (about 1)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 lime wedges (optional)

Healthy Game Day Chili Recipe 

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Courtesy of Elizabeth Rider

Recipe from elizabetherider.com

  • 1 pound organic grass-fed lean ground beef (optional)
  • 1 yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated or finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, pressed or grated
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cans diced San Marzano tomatoes (or 4 large fresh tomatoes, diced)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (optional, for heat)
  • Optional: if you’re up for a new twist, add 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to your chili – it’s delicious
  • Sea salt (about 2-3 teaspoons total for the whole pot)
  • Freshly ground course black pepper

Slow Cook Crockpot Chili 

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Courtesy of Body Rock

Recipe from bodyrock.tv

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can mixed beans
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Is your mouth drooling yet?  ‘Cause ours are.  Which recipe are you gonna make this Sunday?  Let us know in the comments below!

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