Healthy Halloween: Satisfy a crowd with Quick Chili

Quick Chili

Here’s another trim& TERRIFIC® recipe from my  friend, Holly Clegg’s new cookbook, Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence. This one’s perfect to serve on a busy Halloween night!

You can check out more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at and The Healthy Cooking Blog.

Satisfy a crowd with Quick Chili

When you think of October, sure candy is on the minds of little one’s. But there’s more to this fun filled night than just sugar-loaded snacks. Even though this holiday focuses on the children, there are always adults around, and all of that trick-or-treating can really make a crowd hungry! A simmering pot of hearty soup on the stove is a satisfying economical dinner that not only feeds a crowd, but also this one-pot meal leaves little cleanup.

And not much else hits the spot on a crisp fall evening than a big bowl of Quick Chili – full of flavor and oh-so-simple to whip up! Not enough bowls to go around? Don’t worry; pull out mugs for easy entertaining.

Quick Chili

From KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence

Serve with chopped red onions, avocado and shredded reduced-fat cheese. Terrific Tip: To cook in slow cooker, first cook meat and onion in skillet until done.

Makes 4 heaping (1-cup) servings


  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed


  1. In large nonstick pot, cook meat and onion until done; drain off any excess fat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook over low heat about 10 minutes.

Nutritional info

  • Calories 318
  • Calories from Fat 20%
  • Fat 7g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 62mg
  • Sodium 759mg
  • Carbohydrates 31g
  • Dietary Fiber 11g
  • Total Sugars 9g
  • Protein 34g
  • Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 vegetable, 4 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

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