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A spoon digging into a bowl of kid-friendly chili with toppings.
Course Main Course

High Protein Chili {Kid-friendly, Slow Cooker}

By: Elysia
Servings 6 servings
Looking for the ultimate chili recipe? This slow cooker high protein chili is so healthy, simple, and delicious! Made from scratch with ground beef, beans and corn, this kid-friendly chili recipe is non spicy, yet so thick, hearty and flavorful. Makes a large batch perfect for a crowd! {Dairy-free & gluten-free}
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 28 ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 4 ounce can green chilis
  • 1/4 cup low sodium beef broth (or more if you prefer a thinner chili)
  • 1 15 oz can low sodium black beans
  • 1 15 oz can low sodium kidney beans
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook ground beef until browned, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Drain off any fat. Add the garlic, onion and red pepper and cook until tender and fragrant.
  • Transfer beef and vegetables to the slow cooker. Add spices, tomato sauce, fire-roasted tomatoes, broth, corn and beans  Stir until combined.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours and on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Adjust broth depending on how thick you like your chili. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with desired toppings.

Notes

  • Adjust the amount of broth depending on how thick you like your chili. I prefer a more thick and hearty chili, so I generally only add about 1/4 cup of broth, but feel free to add more if you prefer a thinner chili.
  • Adapt the level of spice according to your personal preferences. If you want a mild chili, skip the cayenne or only add a small pinch. For more heat, add in extra cayenne.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 36gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 623mgPotassium: 1176mgFiber: 14gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2357IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 8mg
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