Are you gathering together to watch Sunday football games? What will you eat? Chili makes a great option for game days because it is easy to make, and is easy to adjust to meet different health conditions!  Even if you are gluten-free, low sodium, and heart healthy, chili makes a great option. By working with one of our registered dietitians, we can help you make modifications to your chili recipes.

Benefits of Eating Chili

A bowl of chili has a definite portion size, which makes it easier to keep track of what you are eating. It is also a food that is best enjoyed eating slowly because of its composition and temperature. Usually, the weather is cold in Maryland on football Sundays, which makes chili a warm and delicious choice.

To make sure that you don’t get bored with  chili meals, try a variety of chili recipes. To make them healthier, you can always use turkey breast meat instead of beef. Even if the recipe calls for beef, you can substitute turkey for the meat and I bet nobody will notice the difference, especially with these recipes.

mayhem to meal time chili

Photo credit Klara Knezevic

Cooking can be creative.  So, you don’t have to follow the recipe perfectly. Follow these recipes below or if you want to get creative, experiment with your own version of chili.  Changing up recipes works with cooking; but not very well with baking.

Take a look at our tried and true homemade chili recipes below.

Some of these recipes are in our Mayhem to Mealtime program featuring quick, easy, healthy, dietitian-approved recipes from our Taste the Sweet Rebellion cookbook. See sample recipes below.

Homemade Chili Recipes

Beef and Sweet Potato Chili

Photo credit Kaitlin Eckstein


Lentil Chili 

Photo credit Kaitlin Eckstein

Pumpkin turkey chili

pumpkin turkey chili

Photo credit Kaitlin Eckstein

Take a look at our homemade spice blend recipe:  No sodium chili seasoning

salt free seasonings chili

Photo credit Kristin Jenkins

If you would like personalized nutrition information and coaching, reach out to us by clicking here or calling 301-474-2499!

Blog updated November 2019.

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Rebecca Bitzer loves to empower Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and their clients.  Co-author of Welcome to the Rebelution: Seven steps to the nutrition counseling practice of your dreams and  Taste the Sweet Rebellion: Rebel against dieting.

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