High Protein Chili
With it finally starting to feel like fall around here in Oklahoma, I found it appropriate to break out my homemade High Protein Chili recipe.
One reason why I love this meal so much is because it’s extremely balanced in terms of it’s macronutrient breakdown. It’s high in protein, high in fiber, low in fat, low in sugar, and has a moderate amount of carbs…thus all of that combined makes it very satiating.
It’s incredibly easy to make!
As a general guideline, I recommend 1 serving at a time for females and 2 servings at a time for males…but then again it all comes down to your current macro goals.
A time when I would NOT recommend this meal, would be when someone is currently on a bodybuilding competition diet…or in a strict macro cutting phase.
Not because this food makeup is “bad for you” or isn’t macro friendly, but because it’s a mixed ingredient meal…meaning its hard to determine the exact amount of beef vs beans vs sauce you get per serving.
When dieting/cutting macros, it’s important to keep things simple that way you know exactly what/how many macros you’re consuming.
Since I’m personally in a maintenance phase ,and I’m practicing eating intuitively, I have no reason not to enjoy it!
If you’re currently reverse dieting…or you have no idea what I’m talking about when I say macros – go for it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 pounds of 96/4% lean Ground Beef (I buy mine at Wal-Mart)
- 1 Green Bell Pepper (diced)
- 2 Cans of Diced Tomatoes
- 2 Cans of Tomato Sauce
- 1 Can of Dark Red Kidney Beans
- 1 Can of Chili Beans
- 2-4 TBSP Chili Powder (depending on how much kick you want it to have)
- 1 TSP Ground Cumin
- 1 TSP Garlic Powder
- 1 TSP Black Powder
- 1/4 TSP Sea Salt
- Cook ground beef on stove top
- Once the beef is done cooking, strain it in the sink to get the excess fat off
- Add all ingredients (including beef) and spices to crock pot and stir well (do not drain water from cans of beans, you will need the consistency for the chili)
- Cook on medium for 2-3 hours
Macros per 1 Cup (roughly):
- 22 Protein
- 17 Carbs
- 3.5 Fat
- 6 Fiber
- 5 sugar
For another 8-9 grams of protein, add 1 full serving of shredded cheese on top. Choose between fat free, 2% reduced-fat, or full fat depending on your macro goals and targets for the meal.
I also enjoy throwing some reduced-fat wheat thins in the bowl…but be sure to count out the amount you want ahead of time rather than snacking out of the box or else you could end up throwing another 45+ carbs into the meal with ease.