11 healthy but hearty chili recipes to keep you full this fall


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Temperatures are finally dropping and that means it's time to indulge in some comfort food. And what's better than a hearty bowl of chili? Of course, we are all about helping you reach your fitness goals, so we've focused on healthier, lightened-up versions of the classic. Get ready to enjoy a bowl of comfort food without sacrificing your waistline.


1. Quorn Meat-Free Mince Chili


From: Quorn

This rich, hearty meat-free meal is packed with flavor. Enjoy all the taste of a classic chili, but with fewer calories and less saturated fat. What’s not to love? Good for omnivores who are trying to economize on calories or have been told they have to cut back on meat.


2. The Biggest Loser Crock-Pot Turkey Chili


From: ifoodreal

This clean chili recipe with ground or leftover turkey is full of veggies and cooks while you sleep so you can take some for lunch or look forward to a hearty dinner.


3. Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

What's Gaby Cooking 

From: What's Gaby Cooking

Get all the health benefits of sweet potato and the tasty perks of combining it with black beans. Loaded with chili powder, chipotle peppers, cumin, beans, tomatoes and quinoa, this chili is basically a giant party in a pot.


4. 5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili

Gimme Some Oven 

From: Gimme Some Oven

In addition to only calling for a handful of ingredients, this easy-to-make white chicken chili recipe can be ready to eat in just 15 minutes. That's a keeper in our books! It freezes well, so make a double or triple batch so you have multiple dinners ready to go in minutes. The secret ingredient in this particular recipe is salsa verde. This delicious salsa has a bit of heat and tang, and pairs perfectly with chicken broth, shredded chicken and white beans. You can make your own or buy ready-made. Don't forget to top your chili with some diced avocado, fresh cilantro, green onions and sour cream or shredded cheese. 


5. Lentil Chili

Little Broken 

From: Little Broken

Packed with all the traditional chili ingredients — onions, red bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes, and chili powder — this hearty chili can also be made with kidney or pinto beans. But the lentils do have a way of absorbing the seasoning, plus they are quick and easy to prepare.


6. Roasted Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

Foodie Crush 

From: Foodie Crush

The recipe includes roasted butternut squash and roasted pasilla peppers, which pairs gorgeously with the chili and is rounded out with the white beans and sage. Click here for a how-to on roasting the peppers.


7. Vegetarian Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado

Cookie + Kate 

From: Cookie + Kate

This hearty, spicy and sweet vegetarian chili made with butternut squash and black beans is just what the doctor ordered during autumn. It strikes that balance between spicy and sweet that is essential in good Mexican food. Chipotle and chili powder provide ample spice to round off the sweet, seasonal flavor of butternut squash, explains Kate. Top with crispy tortilla strips and diced avocado for a hearty meal that will satisfy vegans, carnivores and gluten-free eaters alike. Meals like that aren’t easy to come by. Kate also offers a shout-out to another HellaWella favorite, Simply Recipes, for this tutorial on how to cut and peel a butternut squash.


8. Healthy Loaded Chili

Apple of My Eye 

From: Apple of My Eye

Apple of My Eye wanted to make a healthier, lightened-up version of classic chili without sacrificing meat. She uses lean ground pork, but explains that you can just as easily use ground turkey or beef or simply add more veggies to make it vegetarian. This thick, chunky chili has a whopping 26 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber per serving and is 350 calories per serving. You can't beat that!


9. Quick Fix White Bean Chili

Healthy Aperture 

From: Healthy Aperture

The secret to nailing this recipe is to use hummus to thicken the chili. Doing so cuts down the prep and cooking time of a traditional white bean chili to just 15 minutes. Although this is a vegetarian recipe, you can follow the instructions to add chicken broth and chicken.


10. Healthy Turkey and Veggie Chili

Snixy Kitchen 

From: Snixy Kitchen

Packed with veggies, protein, and rich spices, this homemade turkey and veggie chili makes a perfect weekday meal. You'll need only 15 minutes of hands-on prep time, which is always a bonus for us!


11. Quinoa Chili

Cooking Classy 

From: Cooking Classy

If you went out and bought quinoa that you've now no idea what to do with, then definitely use some of it up in this vegetarian chili. You won’t even miss the beef, says the meat-eater who developed the recipe. Challenge accepted!