This is my diabetic chili recipe. There are a couple of things about this recipe that are unusual. However, I think you will agree that the changes are worth while.
First, I use sirloin for the meat. Sirloin is somewhat expensive compared with stew beef, that many people use for chili recipes. However, I really like getting very lean meat to keep the fat content down.
Second, I use dry beans and not canned beans. Is this a pain in the butt? You bet cha! However, next time you are in the grocery store, take a look at the sodium content of a can of beans. Most cans are 2-4 servings, so multiply the amount of sodium listed accordingly. I was blown away. While it takes a little more preparation, you will notice the beans taste much better and your body will appreciate less sodium. Also, using dry beans and soaking them helps reduce the gas producing properties of the beans.
Please Note: The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of dry beans. This assumes that the final yield will be 2 cups after soaking and cooking. Please adjust the amount you use depending upon the packages directions.
Diabetic Chili Recipe
|Prep time||1 hour|
|Cook time||8 hours|
|Total time||9 hours|
- 1lb Beef Sirloin
- 1/2 cup Dry Kidney Beans
- 1/2 cup Dry Black Beans
- 29oz Petit Cut Tomatoes, No Salt Added (Diced)
- 8oz Tomato Sauce, No Salt
- 2 Medium Onions
- 1 Green Pepper
- 2 Garlic
- 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Pepper
- 5oz Low Fat Grated Chedder Cheese
|Step 1.||Soak the beans overnight in seperate containers, approximately 8 hours. Place the containers in the refrigerator. The next morning drain the water.|
|Step 2.||Cut Sirloin into bite size pieces. Lightly brown the sirloin in a pan. You can choose to just add the raw sirloin to the crock pot. The meat should cook all the way through if you cook the chili for the full 8 to 10 hours. I prefer to brown it first, however.|
|Step 3.||Chop the green pepper and onion. Mince the garlic. Add these ingredients and all other ingredients to the slow cooker.|
|Step 4.||Set the slow cooker to low and cook for 8-10 hours.|
The nutritional content above is approximate, per serving. This diabetic chili recipe is based on 5 servings. Also, check out the dietary fiber content. Awesome!
If you want, substitute 1 pound of 95% lean ground sirloin. It tastes great and is a little lower in calories, fat, sodium and protein.