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When it comes to eating lean meats, particularly in this recipe, there are a few numbers you should keep in mind. For lean ground beef, look for 90% lean or above, also called "ground round." Three ounces of 95% cooked lean ground beef contains 149 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, and 2 grams of monounsaturated fat.

And numbers aside, this hearty chili is tasty and perfect for making in big batches.

Nutrition (per 1½ cup serving)

Calories: 320; Total Fat: 5 grams; Protein: 35 grams: Carbohydrates: 35 grams; Fiber: 4 grams

Recipe and photo by Jamila Rene, M.S., R.D.N., of No Nonsense Nutritionist.

Makes 5 Servings
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Oil spray
1¼ lb extra lean ground beef
2 (15-oz) cans black beans
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne (depending on your spice preference)
1 Tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 cup low-sodium broth
2 orange bell peppers, sliced
How to make it 

Heat a large pot to medium high and lightly mist with oil.

Add onion and sauté until it starts to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add meat and cook until browned and heated through.


Meanwhile, puree 1 can of beans and then add both cans to the pot.


Add spices, cocoa, and broth. Stir to combine.


Cover with lid. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 1 hour.


Place sliced peppers on a foil-lined sheet pan and broil on low for 5-10 minutes or until softened and lightly charred.