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Fully Loaded Chili

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 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. —Cynthia Baca, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 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


  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the beef, onion and pepper until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the water, tomato sauce, beans, cocoa, hot sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon each of sour cream, crushed chips and cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 351 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 762mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 11g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • tkuehl
    Oct 31, 2019

    An easy, quick recipe to bring together with the canned beans. I omitted the green pepper and hot sauce, but overall, the flavor was pleasing.

  • ellimaye1
    Dec 22, 2018

    This was very thick. I added more liquid, but it could have used even more. With the toppings, it tasted like taco soup more than chili. However, I prefer taco soup to this chili.

  • Epicmarkis
    Jul 6, 2016

    Great recipe. I use it for a base and tweak it and add ingredients. It's great as is thought

  • NJ_mommy_1
    Jan 7, 2016

    This was good. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Debra Torres
    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!!

  • rosey.g
    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).

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    Jun 22, 2013

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    Mar 8, 2013

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  • mjlouk
    May 27, 2012

    The first time I made this it tasted bland, but I jazzed it up with extra chili seasoning, cayenne, cumin, garlic, and oregano and let it simmer in the crock pot a few hours and it was a winner!