Losing the extra pounds you gained over the last few weeks starts in the kitchen.  I found one healthy, and simple, chili recipe that will be like a high end massage for your stomach.

The generic name is turkey taco chili, I call it stomach massaging goodness.

The numbers on this are pretty great too.  I originally got the recipe a few years ago from Skinnytaste.com, and here's how they break down the nutrition:

  • 198 Calories
  • 1.4 grams of fat
  • 29.7 carbs
  • 7 grams of fiber
  • 19.5 grams of protein

Of course, all of that is per serving, which is 1.25 cups, and this recipe will give you about 9 servings.

Here's what you will need:

 

  • 1.25 pounds of lean ground turkey (I go for the lean or extra lean Jennie-O ground turkey)
  • 1 onion, chop it up! (I use yellow, just as long as it tastes like an onion)
  • 1 bell pepper, chop it!
  • 10 ounce can of tomatoes.  If you want spicy, go with Rotel. Generic works too, I get mine from ALDI.
  • 15 ounces of kidney beans, drain it!
  • 15 ounce can of corn, drain it!
  • 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 16 ounce can of fat free re-fried beans (yes, you heard that right, this MAKES the chili!)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • Shredded taco cheese
  • Tortilla Chips (any kind work)

*Note: The chips and taco cheese are NOT included in the nutrition numbers I posted above.

Here's where the fun starts.

Grab a large pot and throw your turkey in over medium heat. Cook that baby until she's brown! Be sure to break it up as it cooks.

Next up, the onions and bell pepper! 

Once the turkey is brown, toss those in the pot and mix it all up, cook for 2 or 3 minutes.

Now, the good stuff!

Now, put the tomatoes, corn, beans, tomato sauce, re-fried beans, and taco seasoning in the pot, and be sure to mix it up (especially the re-fried beans).

Bring the chili to a boil, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Bam! Ready!

Measure out your 1 serving, which is about the size of large bowl, sprinkle some taco cheese in the middle, and make it look cool with the tortilla chips around the edge of the bowl.  If you really don't care about calories, add some sour cream.

This is so easy to make, really chopping the onions took the most time.  If you're a master with a knife you could probably have this made within a half hour.  If you're on a budget, you can pick up these ingredients for under $14.  I was able to get most everything at ALDI, except the taco cheese and turkey meat.

If you picked up some large flour tortillas, you could probably make some pretty mean burritos with this. This could also be a really good dip.

Final note, your home might reek of tacos for a few days after this.

Next week, Banana Power Pancakes!