Macro Friendly Chili

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This Macro Friendly Chili is a winter staple in our house. It’s easily made in the instant pot with ground turkey and beef and a delicious combination of flavors. This macro friendly recipe is meaty, flavorful and the serving size is hefty. Top with sour cream, chopped red onion, shredded cheese and/or avocado and pair with your favorite corn bread.
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Bowl of macro friendly chili.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This macro friendly chili is ready within 60 minutes from prep, cook time and to the table.
  • This dish is hearty and packs so much flavor.
  • Both kids and adults love this recipe .. prepare for a bit of a mess with small kids though. 
  • You can easily add hidden veggies to this dish like bell peppers, zucchini or carrots as desired. 
  • Using pantry staples this dish is a easy one to always have readily available. 

Are you team beans in chili or no beans? Although we spent many years in Texas we are still team beans through and through. This chili is packed with meat, beans and veggies and I guarantee you will not be disappointed with it’s flavor! 

Two bowls of macro friendly chili topped with cheese, jalapenos, red onions, and other toppings.

Can you freeze this chili?

Definitely. I like using Souper Cubes to freeze soups and stews. They make is really easy to freeze this macro friendly chili in single serve portions. Use code: OHSNAPMACROS10 to get 10% off your first order of Souper Cubes. 

What toppings do you put on chili?

We like to use Greek yogurt our sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, red onion and Sweet Heat Jalapenos. You could also add avocado or even put some corn bread directly into the macro friendly chili and mash it all up! It is delicious with or without toppings. 

Two bowls of macro friendly chili.

Do you have to use a Instant Pot?

No! You can make this stove top as well. Simply brown your meat directly in the pan, add all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Once the macro friendly chili is boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Be careful not to over simmer as you will loose liquid. 

You can also make this in the crockpot. Using the same method as above place the lid o the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3. Again, be careful not to over cook and loose liquid. 

Bowl of macro friendly chili topped with cheese, red onion, jalapeno, and more.

Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See recipe card below for the full list and instrutions for Macro Friendly Chili.

Ground Turkey and Ground Beef: this recipe calls for a pound of lean ground turkey and ground beef. You can substitute with any ground meet like ground chicken or all turkey. 

Fire Roasted Tomatoes: a lot of delicious flavor comes from the fire roasted tomatoes. I would only suggest substituting out one can with regular. I have also made this recipe with different flavored diced tomatoes and had great results. Sweet onions and garlic was great. 

Green Chilis: you can use green chilis or chopped jalapenos for added spice. 

Chili Beans: we love adding beans to our chili and the BUSH’S BEST Mixed Beans in a Mild Chili Sauce. You can substitute with other brands but I have found this one adds the best flavors. 

Two bowls of macro friendly chili topped with cheese, red onion, jalapeno, and more.

How to make macro friendly chili in the Instant Pot

Step 1

Turn instant pot to sauté, drizzle the bottom with a smidge of olive oil just to avoid the meat sticking. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. 

Step 2

Add the ground turkey and ground beef to the pot and cook until browned but not fully cooked through. 

Step 3

While still in the sauté function add onions, bell peppers and all remaining ingredients. Stir together well. 

Step 4

Put on the lid and set to pressure cook for 30 minutes. You can let this self release all the way or quick release. 

Step 5

Top with sour cream, greek yogurt, shredded cheese, chopped red onion and/or avocado. A favorite topping of our is the Sweet Heat Jalapenos from Mt. Olive.

Bowl of macro friendly chili topped with cheese, red onion, jalapeno, and more.

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Bowl of macro friendly chili.

Macro Friendly Chili

Danielle Lima
This Macro Friendly Chili is a winter staple in our house. It’s easily made in the instant pot with ground turkey and beef and a delicious combination of flavors. This macro friendly recipe is meaty, flavorful and the serving size is hefty. Top with sour cream, chopped red onion, shredded cheese and/or avocado and pair with your favorite corn bread.
4.96 from 25 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 241 kcal

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Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs. lean ground beef 93/7
  • 1 lbs.  lean ground turkey 99/1
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped (1 green, 1 red)
  • 2  cans diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes 14 oz cans
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz.
  • 1 can diced green chilies 4.5 oz
  • 1.5 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 can BUSH'S BEST Mixed Beans in a Mild Chili Sauce 15.5oz can
  • 4 Tbsp.  chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

Instructions
 

  • Turn instant pot to sauté, drizzle the bottom with olive oil just to avoid the meat sticking. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
    Add the ground turkey and ground beef to the pot and cook until browned but not fully cooked through.
  • While still in the sauté function add onions, bell peppers and all remaining ingredients. Stir together well.
  • Put on the lid and set to pressure cook for 30 minutes. You can let this self release all the way or quick release.
    Top with sour cream, Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, chopped red onion and/or avocado. A favorite topping fore this macro friendly chili is the Sweet Heat Jalapenos from Mt. Olive, they add the perfect amount of sweet spice to the dish! Enjoy.

Notes

I use Bush’s Mixed Chili Bean – Pinto and Kidney in mild chili sauce
 

Nutrition

Serving: 390gCalories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 28gFat: 6gSodium: 443mgFiber: 6g
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40 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Let me tell you what… this recipe is exactly what chili is supposed to taste like. Grandma’s chili is hard to beat but this chili did it. (Shhh.. don’t tell her.) Thank you for creating such a yummy/easy recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Even my kids loved it! I served it over a baked potato and the flavor was delicious. Do you know the fiber content?

  3. This chili is my first oh snap macros recipe to try. It was delicious. The whole family enjoyed it which is a huge win in my book.
    Thank you for a delicious easy to follow recipe. I’m looking forward to trying more.

  4. Absolutely amazing! I was a little hesitant at first but it turned out so good. Even my husband who hates vegetables loved it. It made a huge batch so we saved some for leftovers and put the remainder in the freezer for another time. Also I made it in a Dutch oven and it turned out perfect.

  5. 5 stars
    This is my new go-to chili recipe. It’s so good and so easy. I appreciate how it has the perfect amount of beans and veggies. Thanks again for keeping us warm as it gets cooler!

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I have one chili recipe that I swore I’d never deviate from but it’s cold and snowy/rainy and figured I’d give this one a try because it was macro friendly and perfect weather for chili, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Super easy and so flavorful even my 5.5 and 7 year olds loved it!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this on the stovetop and it turned out great! It’s flavorful and meaty and I love the macros. My husband enjoyed it too, so 4 thumbs up from us! My new go-to chili recipe for sure! Thank you!

  8. Second recipe of yours I have tried. This is the best chili I have ever made. So full of flavour! Loved that I could do it in my instant pot. I am definitely going to be trying more of your recipes. Have loved the two I have tried so far!

  9. 5 stars
    This chili recipe is fantastic!!! We have it on repeat! One question- When I measure the total grams and divide by 10 for servings, my grams/serving are quite a bit less than yours. The only thing I did differently was I cooked it on the stovetop. Normal to get different serving sizes?

    1. Yay!! Very common! This is exactly why I stress weighing your final dish and dividing it by servings for the serving size. There are so many factors but this likely just means you evaporated more liquid than I did especially with using the stovetop. 🙂 Glad you loved it!

  10. 5 stars
    This is the BEST chili! The peppers really help jazz it up and give it lots of flavor. This is the only chili recipe I make! I substituted ground turkey for Italian sausage – delicious!
    Add this to your list to try! You’re missing out!

  11. 5 stars
    This is SOO good. I made a few minor tweaks on mine but dang. This was tasty. I left the tomato paste out of mine and let the diced tomatoes simmer on low for awhile to thicken up instead. And I used “ranch style beans” cause I couldn’t find the mixed ones. Try it y’all, you’ll love.

  12. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. I add things and leave things out and change it slightly every time, but the base recipe is so good that it allows a lot of freedom for that. Perfect recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    Just made this for our family and it was a huge hit! Everyone loved it! This will definitely be in our rotation through the colder months!

  14. 5 stars
    Just made this last night – so delicious! I used 97% lean turkey because it was half as much as 99%, used the whole can of beef broth (because I knew I’d end up throwing it away in 2 weeks), added an extra red bell pepper and a zucchini. It was so easy to make and so good! I think I’ll decrease the chili powder to 3 tbsp next time because it was a bit too much for me. We’ll definitely be having this again this winter!

  15. 5 stars
    I’m not a huge chili person but it’s getting cold out and Danielle never steers you wrong with her recipes. This was SO good!! Will be on rotation this fall and winter for sure.

  16. 5 stars
    So good! I was just wondering what size can diced green chilies did you use? My grocery store had multiple sizes so I went with a larger one and I know it won’t likely matter that much but just curious!

  17. 5 stars
    The best chili is named this for a reason! It literally IS the best, hands down! I’ve tried numerous recipes; spicy, extra meat, beans, no beans, you name it. This recipe is the perfect balance of all the ingredients, up to and including the beans. We HATE beans in this house but love this recipe WITH beans. Tons of flavor, easy to make, minimal mess being one pot. How can you not love this? It’s truly a game changing recipe that we continue to serve on repeat in this house. Highly, highly recommend. You won’t be disappointed.

    1. Isn’t that the best? I love discovering recipes like that and I’m so grateful mine was one of those for you!

  18. 5 stars
    I make this on the stovetop and we have made it twice in 2 weeks. My husband and I both LOVE it! We are excited for dinner time when this is on the menu! So much flavor! Will definitely be a regular in the cold weather rotation!

  19. 5 stars
    Really good. Had to do some on the spot alterations to decrease volume bc I realized you most definitely need the LARGE instant pot. Just a heads up! I’ll probably make a half batch next time but this will definitely be a go to – so so easy and minimal clean up = A+

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