Healthy Recipes: Beef and Bean Chili

This hearty soup with meat and beans is loaded with protein.

by Nashville General Hospital
Beef and Bean chili illustration by AI

The spices in this recipe fills it with flavor. For a healthier soup, use low-sodium beans and tomatoes. When shopping for ground meat, check the label for 93% lean / 7% fat.

Serves: 4-6


  • 1-2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 15-oz can beans (pinto, kidney or black)
  • 1 15-oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large onion chopped (white, yellow or sweet)
  • 1-2 bell peppers, seeded & chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon each cinnamon, cumin and paprika


  1. Heat stock pot to medium high and add ground beef, cook until the meat is no longer red and cooked through. Drain any grease and return meat to pot.
  2. Add onions, peppers and spices. Stir to combine.
  3. Add canned tomatoes and canned beans. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.

For extra flavor, serve with fresh chopped red onion, chopped peppers, diced avocado, chopped cilantro and shredded cheese.


This can be made using any kind of ground meat, including chicken, turkey or pork. Want to introduce more vegetables into your meals, add chopped zucchini, fresh tomatoes or canned corn.

For more recipes like this, including written in Spanish, visit the Nashville General Hospital Foundation website. This site also includes information about The Food Pharmacy, which addresses food insecurity through the distribution of no-cost food totes filled with fresh produce and shelf-stable food. 


Nashville General Hospital Foundation Cookbook, Shared by Jilah Kalil, Summer 2021.