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 5 Green.  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 a 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 a 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
WW 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