15 Light and Healthy Chili Recipes

These warming chili recipes are perfect for football season or feeding a crowd. Plus, leftovers are great for lunch and freezer meals.

15 Light and Healthy Chili Recipes

Fall is coming, the weather is starting to change which means chili season is coming! Here are fifteen different ways to make chili, something for everyone!

No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili is one of my favorite chili recipes. It’s a quick and easy chili made with ground turkey, sweet potatoes and spices – the perfect weeknight meal. It has just the right amount of spice to compliment the sweet potatoes without being too spicy for those of you who prefer a milder chili.  Don’t worry…you can always bump up the heat if you like your chili spicy.

No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

BBQ Chicken Chili is a delicious twist on traditional chili – shredded chicken, beans and BBQ sauce are simmered in one big pot which has just a touch of sweetness that makes this meal delicious!

BBQ Chicken Chili

Crock Pot Kid Friendly Turkey Chili is a mild, kid-friendly chili made with ground turkey, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes and spices. Top it with your favorite toppings, and serve it with some chips on the side for the perfect, back to school lunch.

Crock Pot Kid Friendly Turkey Chili Recipe

Buffalo Chicken and Bean Chili is ready in about 40 minutes.  I like to serve mine with a handful of chips like Beanitos which are made from white beans, but any baked chip is great and of course, some carrot sticks and celery on the side.

Buffalo Chicken White Bean Chili

One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac is pure comfort in a bowl and it’s packed with protein and fiber so it fills you up.

Chili Mac and Cheese

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili is easy to make and it’s great over rice, with multi-grain chips, topped with reduced fat cheddar cheese or avocados. This chili makes a lot and it is even better the next day for lunch! It’s also a great freezer-friendly meal.

Crockpot Chicken Chili

Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili is made with pumpkin puree, ground turkey, white beans, green chili and spices. Top this delicious chili with chopped fresh cilantro, scallions, jalapeños, light sour cream, and/or reduced fat cheddar and serve it with baked chips on the side for a wonderful lunch or dinner.

Crockpot White Bean Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Crock Pot Three Bean Turkey Chili  can easily be made vegan by eliminating the turkey.
Prepare this the night before and turn it on in the morning and you’ll have a great meal when you get home from work or a busy day of running errands.

Crockpot Three Bean Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili Taco Soup is perfect when you need a quick meal.  It’s super easy to make and is ready in less than 20 minutes.

Low Fat Turkey Chili Soup

Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili is a delicious, hearty, bean-less chili recipe made in the slow cooker with ground chicken, ground beef and sweet potatoes – the perfect combination!

Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili

Loaded Turkey Chili Baked Potato is stuffed with lean turkey chili, reduced fat shredded cheese and topped with some fresh chives – a quick, easy weeknight meal.

Loaded Turkey Chili Baked Potato

Black Bean Chili with Chocolate and Coconut from Gimme Some Oven is a smoky black bean vegetarian (or vegan) chili, accented with sweet chocolate and coconut!

Black Bean Chili with Chocolate and Coconut

Vegan Lentil Chili with Roasted Red Peppers, Olives and Green Onion from Kalyn’s Kitchen  has both brown and red lentils, and it’s loaded with flavor.

Vegan Lentil Chili with Roasted Red Peppers, Olives and Green Onion
Vegetarian Zucchini Corn Chili recipe from The Reluctant Entertainer  is a one-pot vegetarian dish that is quick, easy to serve, and hearty – especially when you can add a salad and a big crunchy loaf of bread.
Vegetarian Zucchini Corn Chili
Vegetarian Quinoa Chili from Two Peas and Their Pod is a hearty chili made with beans, vegetables, and quinoa. Meat lovers and vegetarians will love this chili!
Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

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  2. Wow…loves all of your recipe Gina! i love chili! Thanks so much for sharing it! You save my day!

  3. I LOVE the idea of BBQ chicken chile–must try that one! I make a turkey chile with Stubb's Original BBQ sauce and it's my absolute favorite. 🙂

  4. These chili recipes look fabulous. And the timing is excellent as I've been wanting to try out new fall food. Thanks for this roundup.

  5. I want to make them all! Thanks for including our quinoa chili recipe! xo

  6. Today's cool morning made me very, very happy to see this post! Loved the pumpkin chili and the buffalo chicken one, can't wait to get those back in the rotation! Thanks Gina!

  7. I'm starting to get in the mood for this kind of food and these all look so good! Thanks for the shout-out for my vegan lentil chili; love the green olives in that.

  8. You got some great ideas. Thank you. Healthy and delicious recipe is a perfect combination.

  9. Hi Gina!

    I just wanted to tell you that this weekend I made your apple butter (YUM! never had apple butter before…what a TREAT!), your pumpkin banana bread (what?! Who knew pumpkin would go with banana) and your coconut curry shrimp. You're amazing. Thanks for all the WW help 🙂


  10. Can't wait for chili weather to get here. My plan is to try one of these each week.

  11. I pinned this so I can look over them later. So many great ideas for the fall.

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  12. I couldn't get that link to work either and I agree, white bean and pumpkin sounds amazing!

  13. I couldn't get the link to the White Bean Pumpkin Chili to work 🙁 it sounds absolutely DELISH!!!

  14. these are 100% fall recipes, it's soon only one week and welcome fall and thanks for these great meals,