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The Best Protein Packed Chili Recipe

January 27, 2019
Best Protein Packed Chili Recipe | Fat Girl Happy

You are going to love this filling and hearty chili recipe. Made with lean ground beef, fresh peppers, and zucchini, every bite is loaded with protein. Each serving has 24 grams of protein! Plus we’ve added kidney and garbanzo beans for even more texture and flavor. This recipe makes 12 servings, and is perfect for meal prep.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Lean ground beef
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Chicken broth
  • Spicy V8
  • Beans
  • Chili powder + spices
  • Salt + pepper

How to Make This Chili Recipe:

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the garlic and onion in olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and half of the chili powder and cumin. Stir and cook until the beef is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in the bell peppers, jalapeno, and zucchini until combined.
  4. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, and vegetable juice. Add the remaining spices and beans.
  5. Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently.
  6. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve hot with vegetables or shredded cheese.

Serve this tasty chili recipe with sliced vegetables, shredded cheese, or a dollop of Greek yogurt. This chili also makes a great topping for taco salads.


Proteins are the building blocks of life. Every cell in the human body contains protein. The basic structure of protein is a chain of amino acids.


You need protein in your diet to help your body repair cells and make new ones.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Is there anything better than a bowl full of warm chili on a cold day? You can enjoy this recipe guilt-free because it is made with clean, healthy ingredients and power-packed with protein.

Want another protein-packed meal idea that is also low-carb? Try our Low-Carb Beef Tips + Peppers. So yum!

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Best Protein Packed Chili Recipe

Loaded with lean beef, hearty peppers, and zucchini, this chili recipe is packed with protein.
Course Soup + Chili
Cuisine American
Keyword chili recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 274kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion peeled, diced
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin divided, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt divided, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper divided, to taste
  • 1 bell pepper seeded, diced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded, finely diced
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups Spicy V8 vegetable juice
  • 15 ounces kidney beans drained, rinsed
  • 15 ounces garbanzo beans drained, rinsed

Instructions

  • In a large pot or dutch oven, cook the garlic and onion in olive oil over medium low heat.
  • Increase heat to medium high. Add the ground beef and half of the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Add the bell peppers, jalapenos, and zucchini. Stir to combine.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, vegetable juice. Add the beans and remaining spices.
  • Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve hot with sliced vegetables and shredded cheese if desired.

Notes

This recipe makes 12 servings of 1 1/2 cups each, which makes it perfect for meal prep.

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