Fully Loaded Chili Recipe
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Fully Loaded Chili Recipe

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With lean ground beef, four types of beans and lots of seasonings and toppings, this chili is truly "fully-loaded." But those aren't the only heavyweights in here; every serving provides a hefty 26 g protein and 11 g fiber. —Cynthia Baca, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crushed baked tortilla chip scoops
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 351 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 762 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat 1 vegetable 1/2 fat.


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the beef, onion and pepper until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in the water, tomato sauce, beans, cocoa, hot sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon each of sour cream, crushed chips and cheese. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Fully Loaded Chili in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p33

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"This was good. Thank you for the recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"This was amazing. I doubled it and brought it in a big crock pot to a Christmas Cookie exchange luncheon at work. People really liked it! I love all the different kinds of beans!!"

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"My "go to" chili recipe. Light on calories but very filling! Sooooo good and so simple to make. I didn't add any salt because of the tomato sauce (and I'm one who loves salt but I don't think this recipe needs it)."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love the chickpeas in this dish, so very different, but tasty. I did omit the hot sauce (not a fan of "hot" chili), and it passed the thumbs up with my picky eaters. I have prepared the recipe with both ground beef and canned beef, and the consensus was that the ground beef was a better choice texturally. The dish is hearty enough all on its own, or add corn bread on the side. A keeper!"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013


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