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The recipes featured here show the "before" and the tasteful "after" of healthful cooking techniques, ingredient changes and cooking methods. These recipes are part of the makeover conducted in the Conagra Brands test kitchens. Use these recipes to guide client discussions on good-tasting ways to reduce fat, cholesterol, and calories, while preserving the taste and texture of the original recipe.

30-Minute Chili

Chunky chili made quickly with ground meat, beans, and two kinds of tomatoes for lots of flavor—perfect for a weeknight meal.


30-Minute Chili

Compare the nutrition of the original recipe with the smarter recipe.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Calories: 175 Fat: 4 g
Carbs: 19 g Protein: 14 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g Cholesterol: 26 mg
Sodium: 511 mg Sugars: 5 g
Hands On: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Makes: 8 servings (1 cup each)


1 pound lean ground beef (93% lean)
3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 pkg (1.25 oz each) chili seasoning mix
1 can (16 oz each) beans in chili seasoned sauce, undrained
1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes-No Salt Added, undrained
1 can (10 oz each) RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
1 can (8 oz each) Hunt's Tomato Sauce-No Salt Added
1 cup water
1. Cook beef and onion in large saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until beef is crumbled and no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in seasoning mix. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 10 minutes, stirring several times.
Cook's Tips:
To add more vegetables to your chili, stir in 2 cups frozen Southwest mixed vegetables with the tomatoes, if desired.
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How We Do It
How do we make our recipes healthier? It's simple. We reduce fat, cholesterol, and calories, while preserving the taste and texture of the original recipe. Where possible, we add nutritional value with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fiber. We've also simplified recipe preparation to make it easier for you and your busy clients to take small steps toward a more healthful diet.