Make a Pot of The Best Darn Chili Con Carne With Beans


It’s getting cooler these days. What a great time to make a big pot of chili!  Wait until you taste this one…It’s bursting with flavor and richness.  Chili con carne is Spanish for “chili with meat.” It originated in the state of  Texas.  The Texans consider it a crime to add beans to the mixture. In many parts of the country, however, beans are a must. I think so too!  I’m only adding 1 pound of lean beef but adding a ton of fiber rich beans.  So many beans that each serving has 10 grams of fiber!  The skinny for each serving, 334 calories, 3 grams of fat and 8 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  This recipe makes a big pot and any leftovers freeze great.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


1 pound lean ground beef

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 (14½ oz) can diced tomatoes

2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste

1 (12 oz) can dark beer

1 ( 14 oz) can reduced-sodium beef broth

1 cup strong black coffee

1 cup water

½ cup brown sugar, packed

3 tablespoons chili sauce

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon oregano

⅛ -¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne pepper)

2 (14½ oz) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained

2 (14½ oz) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained


1. In a large nonstick pot, add beef and cook until browned.  Pour into a colander and drain fat in the sink.  Blot with paper towels and set aside.

2. In the same pot, add 1 teaspoon oil and heat.  Add onions and garlic and cook until brown.

3. Add back the drained beef.  Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, beer, broth, coffee, water, brown sugar, chili sauce, cumin, cocoa, oregano and ground red pepper.  Bring up to a boil, then turn down to a  simmer and cook uncovered for 1 hour.

4. Stir in all the beans and simmer for an additional ½ hour.

Makes 10 servings ( 1 cup for each serving)

Healthy Benefit

Beans are a great source of fiber, high in protein, calcium, phosphorus, and iron.

Substitution Tip

To make this chili vegetarian, just leave out the ground beef or use 1 package (12 oz) of Yves Meatless Ground. This is a soy protein and makes a delicious substitute for ground beef. You’ll find this product in most supermarkets. In addition, use veggie broth or water to replace the beef broth.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup serving
334 calories, 3g fat, 24g protein, 55g carbs, 10g fiber, 579mg sodium, 13g sugar
FAT FACTS: for a 1 cup serving made with full fat ingredients
492 calories, 16g fat, 38g protein, 45 carbs, 2g fiber, 650mg sodium, 5g sugar

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7 Responses to “Make a Pot of The Best Darn Chili Con Carne With Beans”

  1. Kim at Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out A Choice, Not A Chore} Says:

    I’m so happy to have found your site! Having just begun WW, I’m loving all of your recipes!! Looking forward to being a regular reader.

  2. Lindsey Says:

    Is there a way to omit the coffee? My husband can’t have caffeine – he gets a migraine. I really want to try this recipe, it sounds amazing!

  3. Scott Says:

    Lindsey , why not just use decaf?

    When I calculated the points on it gave me a value of only 7 per serving. Maybe it’s because I am using 93% – 7% lean meat??

  4. Marlys @Thisand That Says:

    Love chili and have never thought of putting coffee in it… I will have to give your recipe a try. thanks for sharing on foodie friends friday and I hope that you will join us again.

  5. admin Says:

    Thanks for hosting Marlys! The coffee gives the chili a rich flavor. Hope you enjoy it!

  6. Weekly Healthy Meal Plan: Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 « Half Size Me Says:

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  7. admin Says:

    What another great meal plan. Thanks so much for sharing my recipe for Chili con Carne! Keep up the great work!!!

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