Mona’s Family Favorites: This chili may look like it contains a lot of ingredients, but many of them are staples that you most likely already have in your pantry and fridge. Everyone has their own secret ingredient for their chili recipes, and mine is freshly chopped basil! I find it adds even more herbaceous punch than the cilantro you’d typically use in a Southwestern dish.

Mona's Southwestern Chili
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Recipe type: Casseroles & One-Pot Meals
Makes: 5 Lunch or 4 Dinner portions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • ¾ cup frozen corn kernels
  1. Heat the olive oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat.
  2. Brown the ground beef until fully cooked. Add the bell peppers, onion, jalapeño, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, just until the onion and peppers begin to soften.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to the pot, and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the black beans and corn to the chili, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes before serving.
Perfect Portion Mona's Southwestern Chili

HELPFUL TIP: Topping a bowl of this chili with 1 tablespoon of sour cream will add 30 calories. Topping it with 1 tablespoon of reduced-fat sour cream will add around 25 calories, depending on the brand.
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 100