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Christmas Chili Recipe: Festive Flavor in Every Bite

Warm up your holiday season with a hearty bowl of Christmas Chili! This delicious and nutritious recipe combines lean ground beef, tomatoes, and a blend of spices to create a flavorful and satisfying dish that’s perfect for celebrating the holidays. Even better, it’s a health option that is approved for people on the ChiroThin weight loss program!

Whether you’re hosting a cozy family dinner or a festive gathering with friends, this Christmas Chili recipe is sure to be a hit. Follow these simple steps to bring the warmth and flavor of the season to your table.


  • 4 oz. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Pinch of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch of oregano
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sear the Ground Beef: Start by browning the lean ground beef in a small frying pan over medium heat. As it cooks, break the beef into smaller crumbles with a spatula for even cooking.
  2. Add Onions and Garlic: Stir in the minced onion and crushed garlic, allowing them to sauté alongside the beef. The aroma of garlic and onions will fill your kitchen, setting the stage for a delicious chili.
  3. Incorporate Tomatoes and Water: Once the beef is browned and the onions and garlic are fragrant, introduce the chopped tomatoes and water to the pan. This forms the base of your chili, infusing it with the rich flavor of ripe tomatoes.
  4. Season to Perfection: Now, it’s time to add the spices that will make your Christmas Chili truly special. Sprinkle in a pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and oregano. If you prefer a little heat, add cayenne pepper to taste. Adjust the level of spiciness to suit your palate.
  5. Simmer Slowly: Reduce the heat to low and let your chili simmer gently. The longer it cooks, the more tender and flavorful it becomes. Keep an eye on it and stir occasionally to prevent sticking. If the mixture starts to dry out, add a bit more water to maintain the desired consistency.
  6. Season to Taste: As the flavors meld together, taste your chili and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Remember that you can always add more spice or seasoning if you want to enhance the flavor further.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Once your Christmas Chili has reached the desired level of tenderness and flavor, it’s time to serve it up. Ladle generous portions into bowls and garnish with your favorite toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, or a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Enjoy Christmas Chili with Family and Friends!

This Christmas Chili is a delightful way to bring a touch of holiday spirit to your dining table. Its hearty and savory goodness is perfect for warming up on a chilly winter evening, and the blend of spices adds a festive flair to your meal. Whether you enjoy it as a comforting family dinner or as part of your holiday spread, this chili is sure to become a cherished tradition. So, gather your loved ones, savor the flavors of the season, and make this Christmas special with a bowl of homemade Christmas Chili, approved by ChiroThin for your wellness journey.

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