Fabulous Fajita Chili (Crock-pot or Stove-top)




Fajitas and chili meet in this delicious, healthy chili. Fajita-style since loaded with sweet bell peppers and onions. And it’s so versatile. Serve it in a bowl, stuff a baked potato or top a salad. Each 1 cup serving has 200 calories, 3 grams of fat and 1 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints if made with extra lean ground beef and 0 Freestyle SmartPoints if made with 99% ground turkey.  It’s sure to become your new favorite chili!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours on low heat or 5 hours on high heat


Ingredients for Chili:

2 cups red bell peppers or 1 cup each red and yellow, chopped

1½ cups onion, chopped

1 pound extra lean ground beef or 99% fat-free ground turkey breast

1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes or 2 (14.5-oz) cans diced tomatoes

1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15-oz) can chili beans or white beans, rinsed and drained

1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce or 1 cup pasta sauce from a jar

1 (1-ounce) packet Lawry’s chicken fajita seasonings or use your favorite

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons chili powder


Ingredients for Toppings, Optional:

Tomatoes, chopped

Lettuce, chopped

Reduced-fat cheddar cheese or lite Mexican blend, shredded

Onions, chopped


Instructions

1. For Crock-pot: Add onions and peppers to a microwave safe bowl. Cook in microwave for 3 minutes, to soften a bit. Brown ground beef in a large nonstick pan. Pour into colander to drain any fat. Add browned meat to crock-pot. Mix in softened bell peppers and onions, tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, fajita seasonings, cumin and chili powder. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours. Time varies depending on your crock-pot.

2. For Stove-Top: Add onions and peppers to a microwave safe bowl. Cook in microwave for 3 minutes, to soften a bit. Brown ground beef in a large nonstick pan. Pour into colander to drain any fat. Add browned meat back to pan  Mix in softened bell peppers and onions, tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, fajita seasonings, cumin and chili powder. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 25 minutes.

3. This chili freezes great. Serve with optional toppings on the side and let everyone customize their own bowl, if desired.

Makes 8 cups total (each serving,1 cup)


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WW Freestyle SmartPoints
1-Blue  (made with extra lean beef)
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 0-Blue  (made with 99% turkey)
WW SmartPoints
5-Green
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup serving
200 calories, 3g fat, 1g sat.fat, 30g chol, 18g protein, 30g carbs, 7g fiber, 605mg sodium, 6g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints using extra lean ground beef
65 calories, 1g sat. fat, 0g sugar, 11g protein
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints using 99% ground turkey
0 calories, 0g sat. fat, 0g sugar, 0g protein