Dinner: Have It Your Way Chili


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Dinner: Have It Your Way Chili



  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef or extra-lean ground turkey, or 1 10-ounce package frozen meatless crumbles, thawed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium-size red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 carrot, scrubbed and sliced thinly
  • 1 15½-ounce can dark or light kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 14½-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 6-ounce can no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly, optional
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional
  • ½ cup fat-free sour cream


  1. Combine the oil, meat (or turkey or meatless crumbles), onion and garlic in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Cook and stir until the onion is wilted and the meat is lightly browned. about 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except the optional ones and the sour cream. Stir well, cover, and reduce heat; simmer gently for 20 minutes. Adjust the chili powder, oregano, and black pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with green onions, cilantro, and/or sour cream.

Cooking Tip

  • Double the batch and freeze in individual portions or family-size batches.