by: Ali Brown, RD, LD

In my house, chili is a hearty comfort food consumed in the fall and winter months.  However, while chili isn’t necessarily bad for you, some bowls can add up to over 700 calories after toppings are added. While working with clients who are following anti-inflammatory diets we found that chili can be part of a healthy diet!  So we have come up with healthier anti-inflammatory chili recipes.

A few tips for keeping your chili “lean” include:

  • Watch your toppings: high-fat toppings like sour cream and cheese should be limited (or avoided if you can’t resist the temptation). There are plenty of other add-ins that can bring variety to your chili.
  • Choose a lean meat: Choose the leanest meat you can find at the store, or make sure to remove the fat from your pan before using.
  • Cut carbs: you can GREATLY reduce the carb content in your chili by eliminating the beans. We often have customers tell us that they don’t even miss the beans in our hearty chili.


Try this delicious lean anti-inflammatory chili recipe and simmer it in your slow cooker or Crock Pot and walk away for the day!  If you aren’t a fan of spice, ease up on the chili powder and omit the cayenne pepper and hot sauce.  You’ll still get delicious flavors!

Slow Cooker Chili

Zippy Simmered Slow Cooker Chili

Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 4


  • 1 lb lean ground beef turkey or chicken
  • 1 can 28 oz diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 can 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Frank's RedHot Sauce or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp minced chives or green onions for garnish


  • In a medium skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain well.
  • Transfer to a 3 quart slow cooker. Add all ingredients except chives. Mix to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Sprinkle with chives before serving.
Keyword Anti-Inflammatory, Beef, Bell Pepper, Complete Meal, Entree, Slow Cooker, Soup, Tomato

If you’re interested in an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and more information and recipes like this, check out The Official Anti-Inflammatory Diet Masterclass.  Or email us at for more details.


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