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6 servings
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Meal Types:
Main Dishes
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Lean Beef Chili with Beans

Beef chili packed with fiber and protein that's perfect for warming you up on a cold night.



  1. Cook hamburger meat in a large pot until no longer pink.
  2. Add onions and cook until clear. Drain and rinse. Return to pot.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients at once.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings.
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I made this for my family and everyone loved it. I doubled the recipe and used canned kidney beans due to lack of time. This was outstanding. Will definately make again.
12 Dec 12 by member: MoMMaBReNNaN
It smells and tastes wonderful! However, it took nearly 3 hours to get the dry beans cooked. I think maybe I'll try canned beans next time and just rinse them really well. Also, 1 cup of water wasn't nearly enough. I probably added another 4 cups during the simmering part. Otherwise it would have been a big clump of stuff and the beans never would have cooked. There wasn't enough liquid to cook them.
21 Feb 12 by member: HollyWade
I have yet to try this, though I did have a couple questions about this recipe. Does it really only take an hour to cook if you are using dried red kidney beans as one of the ingredients? Did you presoak the beans? I thought when using dried beans cooking time is about 2 hours.
06 Feb 11 by member: MrsTofu
I'm biased! :)
18 Jan 11 by member: Heather Cates


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Nutrition summary:

There are 182 calories in 1 serving of Lean Beef Chili with Beans.
Calorie break-down: 23% fat, 33% carbs, 44% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 42
Calories 182
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 4.65g 7%
  Saturated Fat 1.848g 9%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.596g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.787g  
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Potassium 622mg  
Total Carbohydrate 14.81g 5%
  Dietary Fiber 4.6g 18%
  Sugars 3.66g  
Protein 20.19g  
Vitamin A 180% Vitamin C 119%
Calcium 28% Iron 126%
of RDI*
(182 calories)
9% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (33%)
Fat (23%)
Protein (44%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories