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How to Make Deliciously Slimming Chili in 5 Steps

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Learn the 5 Steps to Deliciously Slimming Chili with this Flexible Chili Recipe. You can make this recipe with meat or without meat for a tasty vegetarian chili.

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Five Ingredients for a Slimming Chili

Why am I calling this chili a slimming chili, and what are the five steps? The five steps come down to choosing five ingredients from five categories. Each category has slimming properties that can help those of us who need to ignite our metabolisms and lose weight.

I go over the five steps in greater detail in this blog post, but first, I want to fill you in on some good news about what this slimming chili can do for your waistline.

Three Reasons Why This Is a Slimming Chili

In my recipe video, I walk you through the five categories of ingredients you want to add to this chili, and beans are the star of the show. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Beans! Mary, you’re a Texan…how can you be talking about adding beans to chili?

And you would be right to chastise me for that! Texans frown upon adding beans in chili, but I hope you will indulge me. And if you are a diehard bean-free chili fan, you can certainly replace all of the beans in this recipe with meat. However, read on, and I might change your opinion about adding—at least a few—beans to your chili!

If you’re struggling to lose weight, adding beans to your diet might be the secret to shrinking your waistline, and here’s why:

  1. Beans have a lot of fiber, which helps to regulate our blood sugar.
  2. Beans also have a specific type of fiber – soluble fiber. This type of fiber helps to fill us up and curb our overeating.
  3. Beans contain resistance starch. This starch is a type of prebiotic that feeds our “skinny probiotics.”

What are Skinny Probiotics?

Scientists discovered that we need to feed our gut with prebiotics, which are the foods that probiotics like to eat.  They also found that some of the probiotics in our gut that we need to feed can help us become slim and stay slim!

These probiotics that can help keep us slim are often referred to as “skinny probiotics” because scientists discovered that thin people have more skinny probiotics in their gut than overweight people.

But there is excellent news for those of us who are overweight! Scientists theorize that if overweight people can increase the prebiotics that the skinny probiotics like to eat in their gut, this will help their skinny probiotics grow and thrive. With more skinny probiotics in their digestive system, overweight people may get extra help from their bodies to lose weight! And keep it off!

Scientists need to conduct more research on this topic, but this exciting theory shows promise, as the studies in this section demonstrate. So in the meantime…I say, pass the beans, please!

Three Reasons Why We Enjoy This Chili

If we want to lose weight, these three actions can help us in dieting:

  1. Balance our blood sugar.
  2. Curb our hunger.
  3. Improve our good gut bacteria that supports slimming.

And that’s why this Slimming Chili is the perfect recipe because it meets these three essential criteria for successful weight loss.

Five Steps to Making a Slimming Chili

The five steps to making a Sliming Chili involve picking five ingredients from five categories. But there are no hard and fast rules. You have lots of flexibility in making this chili to suit your tastes—from what type of seasonings you use to what kind of beans you add.

As I describe in my recipe video, here are the categories of ingredients that you will add to your Slimming Chili:

  1. Seasoning
  2. Vegetables
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Broth
  5. Beans

Best Beans for Slimming Chili

As I mentioned earlier, you can add any beans you like, but I like to add a mix of beans. And some of my favorites are:

  • Black Beans – Helps reduce dangerous belly fat.
  • Pinto Beans – Aids in concentration.
  • Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas or Ceci) – Helps relieve joint pain.
  • Kidney Beans – Assists in cleaning toxins from the body.

Don’t Forget the Broth for Slimming Chili

When making this Slimming Chili, you need to add some type of broth. You can add any meat-based broth or bone broth, but you can also keep this recipe completely meatless if you want to use a vegetable broth.

For a vegetable broth, I recommend that you use a Golden Broth. As I show you in my video below, this type of broth is flavorful and rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients.

More Bean-Based Recipes

Are you convinced that beans should be a part of your regular diet, but are you also concerned about beans contributing to digestive upset? Not to worry. In the recipe videos below, I show you the best way to cook beans to make them easy to digest. And for even greater digestibility, I show you not only the right way to soak beans, but I also show you how to sprout them too!

More Slimming Recipes

If you are looking for more recipes to help you slim down, be sure to check out my Skinny Soups.

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Slimming Chili

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 Servings
Learn the five steps to deliciously Slimming Chili with this flexible chili recipe. You can make this recipe with meat or without meat for a tasty vegetarian chili.


  • Large dutch oven, soup pot, or stockpot


  • 3 tbsp Olive oil Other fats may be used, such as butter, ghee (clarified butter), beef tallow, and the like.
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder Up to 3 tbsp can be added.
  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt Salt
  • 1 large Garlic clove
  • 6 cups Vegetables, raw and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cups Crushed tomatoes You can also use canned diced tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes, but be sure to drain off the liquid.
  • 8 cups Broth You can use regular broth, bone broth, or vegetable broth. In my recipe video, I use vegetarian Golden Broth.
  • 6 cups Cooked beans I recommend using a variety of beans, but you can certainly use one type of bean. If you use dried beans (but preferably soaked), you will need 1 pound of beans. If you use canned beans, you will need four 15 ounce cans.


  • Put the oil or other fat in a large dutch oven, soup pot, or stockpot, and warm the contents on medium heat.
  • Add the chili powder, pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt to the pot. Stir well in fat and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add all the veggies to the pot and stir well to coat with the spice and salt mixture.
  • Add tomatoes to the pot and stir well.
  • Add broth to the pot and stir well. (In the recipe video, I add a vegetarian Golden Broth.)
  • Bring the mixture up to a boil. Cover the pot and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for one minute.
  • Remove the lid of the pot and carefully add the beans. Stir well and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, the chili should have thickened. Remove from the heat and serve.
  • Alternatively, if you are in a hurry, you can serve the chili as a pasta-free, minestrone-type soup and forgo the 30 minutes uncovered simmer.
  • This chili will stay fresh in your refrigerator for 2-3 days. And, if stored in a freezer-proof container, this chili will stay fresh in your freezer for 2-3 months.



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Course: Soups, Soups & Stews
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Chili, Meatless Chili, Slimming Chili, Vegetarian Chili
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