Jazz up a basic chili recipe for the big game with healthy hacks and custom tweaks to make every bowl even tastier and better for you. And don’t forget the snacks to keep you going until game time!

My Basic Chili Recipe


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • jalapeno seeded and finely diced (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 15 ounces crushed tomatoes*
  • 1 cup liquid (water, beer, coffee)
  • 2 cans of pinto beans drained & rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, brown meat, onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Drain any fat.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 30-45 minutes or until chili has reached desired thickness. Add liquid as needed.
  3. Top with cheese, chopped onions, cilantro or other favorite toppings.

More Toppings: sour cream, Greek yogurt, sliced jalapenos, sliced radishes, cilantro, avocado, tortilla chips, cornbread


  • Lean ground chicken, pork, bison
  • Cubed meats like beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bison
  • Leave out the meat and use minced mushrooms
  • Fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • Cubed sweet potato, winter squash, pumpkin
  • Diced carrots, celery
  • Diced roasted serrano or poblano peppers
  • Black beans, kidney beans, cannellini beans
  • Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, barley
  • 1 tablespoon of dark cocoa powder

*If making a white chili (chicken, turkey, pork) you can substitute chicken or vegetable broth for the crushed tomatoes or use diced tomatoes and half the liquid.

For Snacking:

  • Deviled eggs (recipe for perfect hard-cooked eggs here)
  • Crostinis made with artisan breads, cheeses, jams
  • Cooked sausages cut into bite size
  • Raw veggies and dips
  • Pickles and popcorn
  • Don’t forget dessert – brownies, cakes, cookies, and pies