WDD – Healthy Four Bean Chili

WDD – Healthy Four Bean Chili

Hello all!!

I have been lucky enough to take part in Carolyn’s Diabetes awareness post and I couldn’t be happier to help raise some awareness.

Please check out his post from Carolyn over at All Day I Dream About Food. If you do not know Carolyn, now is the time! She makes the most amazing things and all of them are low carb. I don’t know how she does it, but she is an inspiration!

She is also a hosting KitchenAid giveaway (blue in honour of diabetes awareness), go on over and check it out!


One of the reasons that I really wanted to get involved with this post to raise awareness is because both of my grandparents on my Dad’s side have diabetes.

They really have to watch what they eat and it is sad to say that most of the time they don’t. The come from the generation where you ate what you needed to to make sure that you ate.

They have lived on a farm their entire lives, so diet was the least of their worries. Now that they have to worry about it, it isn’t so easy. Especially now that they are both older and are finding it more and more difficult just to make it through the day.

Unfortunately their diabetes has been diet induced as they have gotten older. The ability to exercise and change their diet at this point in the game, is little to none. To add on top of that they live out in the Midwest, so it is hard to go over and try and help them learn about foods that would help them.

Long story short, I am very happy to be involved with this post with Carolyn to help raise awareness to people I can touch before it is too late.

I wanted to share a healthy and hearty meal with you all for this post.

Something that I always love during the Fall months. It warms the soul and the tummy πŸ˜‰

Adapted from this recipe.

Ingredients for Chili:

  • 1 3/4 cup organic vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chopped onion (I used half white and half purple)
  • 1/4 cup chopped jalapeΓ±o pepper (I did not seed, however if you don’t like your chili as spicy, seed the peppers)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lb pre-cooked ground sirloin
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans no salt added black beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no salt added pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no salt added kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no salt added northern beans, rinsed
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans of fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 ounces shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

Prepare to enter the best part of the this recipe. Queue Crockpot!


Toss all of your ingredients into a crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours. Or you can cook on high for 3-4, depending on how quickly you want it to cook.

Top with dollop of sour cream and some cheese and it is ready to enjoy!

It is just that simple. I love all the colors this chili has from the four different kinds of beans I used. Adds really nice texture too.

Super easy, super tasty and super healthy.

Could you ask for more?

I hope you all take the time to go and check out Carolyn’s page to see all the other great recipes that she has linked.

It is sure to be a great roundup of recipes for World Diabetes Day!

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  1. Just making my way through all the sites that are participating in Carolyn’s World Diabetes Day awareness campaign & wanted to say hello & thx (I’m a type 2, btw) πŸ™‚

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Hello there! Thank you for stopping by! I was so happy to be a part of Carolyn’s WDD post. πŸ™‚

  2. I am obsessed with chili right now – making it all the time. Great recipe!!!

  3. This Chili was very good! I had it a few times since Nom Noms cooked it up ….mmmmmmm Thanks for being you Ravie <3

  4. Jamie Driemeyer says:

    It sounds very good, maybe a good one to fix on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving??

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Sounds perfect to me! Patrick is getting all ready to come visit, he can’t wait to see you guys!

  5. What a great mission! I’ll have to stop by Carolyn’s to say hello. Your chili looks fantastic…perfect for this cold autumn evening!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Hi Liz! It is a great mission, Carolyn is great for putting together the post as well. What a great way to bring awareness to our fellow bloggers eh?

  6. I’m looking forward to our next rainy day so I can make your chili! Yum!

  7. My mother in law is diabetic. I have been trying to convince her to eat more healthy but she is a bit difficult… I am going to print the recipe out and show her, they don’t have any idea whats going on in the internet world. Maybe she ll get an idea that there are more recipes like that, that she could easily recreate at home. thanks for sharing this Ravie!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      I hear ya Helene! It can be very trying to get those who have diabetes to realize that diet has a lot to do with them being healthy. I hope that this recipe helps you introduce her to great recipes that are good for people with diabetes!

  8. Catherine H. says:

    I’m visiting all the sites participating in the Diabetes awareness event to say thank you for doing this. I’ve had gestational diabetes and my sister is a Type I, so I’m happy someone like Carolyn is trying to get the word out about low-carb eating. I love chili and I love my crock-pot–thanks for the recipe!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      You are so very welcome! I was MORE than happy to do it. I think it was a great thing that Carolyn did and I am so very happy she thought of me to be a part of it.

  9. Both my Mom and Grandma had Type II diabetes. Thank you for raising the awareness of diabetes! Your healthy chili looks great, and can’t wait to try this one in the crock pot.

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Hi Becky!! How are you my sweet? I am sorry to hear about your Mom and Grandma, it is not an easy lifestyle by any means, takes work! I hope you introduce this recipe to them as something they both can enjoy!

  10. I love chili like this!! It looks fantastic… great way to pay tribute to Diabetes Awareness. πŸ™‚

  11. Sounds amazing, Raven. I love chili, and this sounds delicious!

  12. My grandmother on my father’s side also has diabetes, AND my grandmother on my mother’s side has Celiac, so I get where you’re coming from. It’s so hard for you to change your ways when you are diagnosed with diseases like these later in life. Good for you for taking the time to raise awareness though πŸ™‚ AND thank you for this wonderful chili recipe! It’s getting so chilly (haha puns) that I am always on the lookout for more chili recipes. πŸ™‚ yum!

  13. This chili is beautiful! I will share this with my parents as diabetes runs in my family as well and someone I love has to change their diet or face similar consequences. Thank you for doing your part to raise awareness. It’s much better than people learning the hard way.

  14. We love all things bean – chilis, soups, baked beans…so this sounds fantastic. Bonus that it’s good for you!

  15. Great post for a great cause πŸ™‚