Low-Fat Chili

This Chili is so good, you won’t even notice that it is low in fat! I served this recently when friends came over for a bible study … they had no clue I substituted ground turkey for traditional Italian Sausage! When they found out it was low in fat, they had a second helping to make up for the calories (haha!) 
Enjoy! ~Janelle 
Extra Lean Ground Beef, Lean Turkey Italian Sausage 
Slice the casting on the Turkey Sausage
Simply remove the ground Italian Turkey from the casting
Cook ground beef and turkey Italian Sausage in a large skillet- when cooked through, drain in strainer and set aside. 
In the same skillet add chopped onion, celery, green and red peppers
1 can each: Kidney Beans, Great Northern Beans, Black Beans, 2 cans crushed tomatoes, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 packet of chili seasoning. 
Place all beans in a strainer, drain and rinse well. 
Place all of these ingredients in a large pot on the stove (medium heat)
Season with cinnamon, sugar, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper
If you like more “heat” add a dash of Tobasco 
Let simmer on stove for 2 hours (you may also place in the crock pot for 6 hours)
Serve with green onions, a tablespoon of low-fat sour cream and a sprinkle of finely shredded cheddar cheese. Mmmmm….
Low-Fat Chili
1 lb Extra Lean Ground Beef
1 Package of Turkey Italian Sausage Links
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped red pepper
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 15 oz can Great Northern Beans
1 15 oz can Black Beans
1 15 oz can Kidney Beans
2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 packet of Chili seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Chili powder
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp Tobasco (optional)
(chopped green onions, finely shredded cheddar cheese, low-fat sour cream)
Remove castings from Turkey Italian Sausage. In a large skillet on medium-high heat cook ground beef and turkey until done. Drain and set aside in strainer. Chop celery, onion, red and green peppers and saute in same skillet for about 5 mins. Open all cans of beans and place in strainer and rinse well. In a large pot on the stove (medium heat) add all of these ingredients.  Next add all the seasonings: Chili packet, garlic powder, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, pepper, and Tobasco. Let simmer on stove for 2 hours. You may also make this in the Crock Pot (6 hours). Garnish with chopped green onions, a tablespoon of low-fat sour cream, and a sprinkle of finely shredded cheddar cheese.

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  1. **Megan** says:

    I recently found your blog and I love it. I made the stuffed bell peppers and they were a hit. How did you know I recently went on a diet and am craving chili at the same time? :-p Thanks!

    Looking forward to more!

  2. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Megan, so glad you liked the stuffed peppers…those are one of my hubby's favorites! Thank you for the kind words!

  3. Saved by Grace says:

    Yummy…..I can't wait to try to make this. And I love that it's low fat. Thanks for sharing…God Bless you

  4. Hi Janelle:)

    Happy New Year!

    Your chilli looks really good. A great recipe for a cold day.

    Have you ever made white chilli? That is really good too.

    Have a Happy Monday!


  5. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Thanks Ladies!!!!! Julieann..LOVE white chili! Do you have a good recipe for it?! I have actually never made it!! If so, post it on Friday when I have the linky tool up!

  6. Hey Janelle,
    I have so enjoyed your blog, God lead me to Courtney @ Women Living Well which lead me to your blog. You both have blessed me with your love for Christ & the encouragement you give & your yummy recipes 🙂 I bought the stuff to make your chili can't wait to try it! I pray God blesses you and your family this New Year!

  7. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Amy, thank you so much..Wow! What a blessing it is to receive such a kind message…I hope you enjoy the chili and God bless you!!! Love, Janelle

  8. I'm sure I will enjoy your chili!!! Will try it soon.
    Blessings from France

  9. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Thank you Suzel!

  10. Janelle, we have enjoyed MANY of your recipes. My hubby insists on your meatloaf recipe now! I just got finished browning up my meats and sauteing the veggies. All my cans are out and my spices are mixed. Ready to throw the chili in the crockpot tomorrow morning before we are off to a playdate. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with our family. God bless you dear.

  11. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Thank you Jennifer! What encouraging words 🙂 Enjoy the playdate AND the Chili! Love, Janelle

  12. **Megan** says:

    I am sitting here at work, reading your blog and eating my lunch of low-fat chili. Love it! Thanks! 🙂

  13. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Megan, thanks for posting! So glad you like it! MMmmmm!!!

  14. I just made this chili and it rocked the house. HUGE HIT.

  15. Brianne says:

    Made this for dinner last night SUPER hit for the whole family. I usually make chili but slightly different so to add in all the extra goodness was a super hit we will now be using this recipe going forward. Thanks for the blessing of great food.

  16. I LOVE YOUR VERY DETAILED RECIPES! I am a newlywed and trying out cooking every week! Your blog is amazing – and I am not a fan of blogs! I will be coming back again & again! Love it! Thank you!

  17. Karen Powell says:

    I made this today with turkey. My big man and my little man raved over it!!! I liked it as well and funny thing is I don’t even like turkey…or so I thought…lol. It was delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!


  18. UnMuteMe says:

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