Kick-off Chili

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: 101 Best Super Bowl Recipes on the Internet.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size 1 cup of chili w/ 1/2 cup lettuce, 1/4 cup tomato, & 2 Tablespoons onion)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 3 hrs

Kick-Off Chili


2 (4-ounce) cans fire-roasted, mild green chiles
2 large onions, cut into pieces
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds bottom round roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed & drained
2 medium red bell peppers, diced
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 cups shredded lettuce
4 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium red onion, diced
reduced-fat sour cream & cheese, optional


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a food processor, blend chiles, onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt until pureed.

3. Mix puree, beef and canned tomatoes in large Dutch oven. Cover tightly and bake until the beef is fork-tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Stir in beans, bell peppers and black pepper. Return to oven and bake until the bell peppers are tender, about 15 more minutes.

4. Serve immediately, topping with desired garnishes.


*Try subbing other beans for the pinto, or use a mixture of three different kinds.
*To make some, freeze some... eat what you'd like and let the rest of the chili cool. Transfer to freezer-safe containers, cover and freeze up to 3 months. To serve, microwave each container, covered, on medium until thawed, 8 minutes; stir. Cover and microwave on High until hot, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time.
*If you are preparing this recipe as DAIRY FREE, do not add cheese and sour cream as toppings :)

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories per serving: 265
Fat per serving: 8.7g
Saturated Fat per serving: 2.9g
Sugar per serving: 4.6g
Fiber per serving: 7.8g
Protein per serving: 22.7g
Cholesterol per serving: 54.4mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 17.6g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 6 Old Points Program: 7

Source: (Adapted from Weight Watchers Magazine)

2 Responses to “Kick-off Chili”

  1. postedDec 15, 2011 4:14 AM
    Marianne Hertel

    Lori,on your recipe for kick off chili you didn’t say what the tempature the oven should be set at. Could you send it to my email? Thanks! :)

    • December 15th, 2011 @ 5:13 AM

      Eek! 350… edited- thank you!

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