Easy Beef Chili

Easy Beef Chili
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Source: The Create-Your-Plate Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Mittera.

This diabetes-friendly dish is filled with lean beef—which provides 10 essential nutrients, including protein and iron—and beans, which provide fiber and more protein. It’s a warming, nutritious meal you can feel good about serving to your entire family.

Complete your plate: Top the chili with a dollop of Greek yogurt and Almost Smooth Salsa. Add a veggie-rich side dish, like this Kale Apple Slaw.


  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Cook time
    45 min
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 290

  • Total Fat 8g
    • Saturated Fat 2.3g
    • Trans Fat 0.2g
  • Cholesterol 35mg
  • Sodium 180mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 34g
    • Dietary Fiber 9g
    • Total Sugars 7g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 22g
  • Potassium 1120mg
  • Phosphorus 300mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 2 Nonstarchy vegetable, 2 Lean protein, 1 Fat



  • olive oil
    2 tbsp
  • onion (chopped)
    1 med
  • garlic (minced)
    2 clove
  • jalapeño pepper (seeds removed, minced)
  • lean ground beef
    1 lbs
  • low-sodium kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
    1 (15.5-oz) can
  • low-sodium cannellini or great northern beans (rinsed and drained)
    1 (15-oz) can
  • low-sodium black beans (rinsed and drained)
    1 (15.5-oz) can
  • no-added-salt fire-roasted diced tomatoes
    1 (14.5-oz) can
  • low-sodium tomato paste
    1 (6-oz) can
  • low-sodium beef broth
    1 cup
  • chili powder
    2 tbsp
  • ground oregano
    2 tsp
  • ground cumin
    1 tsp
  • stevia brown sugar blend (such as Truvia)
    1/2 tsp
  • salt
    1/4 tsp
  • cayenne pepper
    1/4 tsp


  1. Heat the olive or canola oil in a medium pot over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño and cook until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant, 3 minutes.

  2. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, 8 minutes, breaking up the pieces using the back of a wooden spoon while cooking.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. Raise the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Then lower the heat to medium low and simmer, covered, until the beef is cooked through and the flavors combine, 30 minutes. Stir occasionally during cooking time.

  4. Remove the chili from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

  • Recommended

    I used 2 lbs of ground sirloin, and Mccormick chili spice. Very tasty. Great recipe.

  • Recommended

    This recipe was so easy to make. I had to half the recipe because it is just myself. I only used 1/2 can of each of the beans and rinsed each separately in a colander and saved the other half in a small container to use with other meals. It freezes very well and great for a quick lunch or dinner with vegetable sides. Very tasty and filling!