Fyn’s Chili!

10/10/12 Updated to add alternate slowcooker/crockpot instructions! ~ Jenny

I’m making my healthy chili tonight! Even though Jason doesn’t care for tomatoes, he loves my chili! It’s all about the seasoning baby… not the fat. 😉

We’ll also be posting a link back to this recipe from our recipe page for easy reference, even years down the line.

Fyn's Chili

Fyn’s Low Point Chili

1 lb 93% lean ground beef
3 14.5 oz cans of Mexican stewed tomatoes (undrained)
2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
2 15 oz cans of pinto beans (drained, rinsed)
1 packet burrito seasoning
1 medium onion (chopped)
ground cumin to taste
minced garlic to taste (I happen to love garlic)
fresh ground pepper (also to taste)

Brown down the beef and drain fat. Drain beans and rinse well. Combine all ingredients in large pot, including seasoning. Stir well and bring to boil at med-hi heat. Reduce heat to low and cover. Allow to simmer approximately one hour, stirring often. If you do not choose to add the onion, it does not need to simmer as long. Only about 20-30 minutes without onion. Keep in mind, the longer it simmers, the spicier it will be.

Alternate slowcooker/crockpot instructions: After cooking the meat, combine all ingredients (I find it easier to mix in seasonings with just the tomato sauce in the pot, then add the others) and set on high for about 30 minutes to get the temp going, then drop to low for 3-4 hours, or until onions are cooked through. Can be left in crockpot on low/warm beyond the 3-4 hours if you stir occasionally.


  • 1 Cup (approx 10) – 4 points plus
  • 2 Cup (approx 5) – 8 points plus

A 2 cup portion is enough for a full meal. It’s quite likely that you will feel satisfied with only 1 cup if you have something else along with it. I can’t seem to be able to make a small pot of chili, but I just package it up in 2-cup containers to either refrigerate or freeze. Handy for us since we like convenience.

Hope you enjoy!


12 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Ataraxaven
    Oct 02, 2010 @ 18:22:52

    Wow, just a pinch or two of cumin? We (Alas and I) typically use many generous dashes- probably would work out to around 2-3 tablespoons if we measured it. I suppose the burrito flavorings might contribute something to reduce needing that.

    But overall sounds very good!

    Other things we try to keep things varied-
    Substitute more onions for no beans.
    Add corn.
    Try a bit of cinnamon sometime, very interesting flavors with that.


    • fynralyl
      Oct 03, 2010 @ 08:08:59

      I think my “pinches” are more generous than others. I actually have a pretty liberal hand with all of my seasoning. 😉


    • Psynister
      Oct 04, 2010 @ 09:22:47

      Yeah, her pinches aren’t really pinches. It’s got a lot of good, flavorful spice to it. Enough to make your nose run good, but not enough that your tastebuds revolt and you start to miss the actual flavor.


  3. Gwenyth Love
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 13:47:00

    Oh my! This looks similar to mine and is very yummy and healthy! I love me some healthy chili. We use ground turkey instead of beef and always make a double pot to freeze small side dishes for lunches. Sometimes we even eat it on wraps like burritos. (Love adding cumin and garlic also!)


  4. Askevi
    Oct 28, 2010 @ 13:46:58

    Looks yummy! We also have a non-tomato lover in the house. Can I try it without tomatoes?


    • fynralyl
      Oct 28, 2010 @ 13:55:13

      The tomatoes are pretty well the base of it, so removing them would make the calories/serving higher. One thing that was suggested you might try, would be to take the tomatoes and puree them so that your non-tomato lover doesn’t have to try to eat around big chunks. If you’re liberal with the seasoning, they likely won’t taste very much tomato, even though it’s the base.


    • Psynister
      Oct 28, 2010 @ 16:09:03

      When I first started eating it I would just pull the chunks of tomato out of it and not eat them. I’d stick to the same serving size, but just not eat the tomatoes.

      Eventually we got to where the seasoning was enough that eating them wasn’t a problem for me at all.


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