Southwestern Chicken Chili

 

Fall is here!!! This is my absolute favorite season and I know I’m not alone in this! I really try my best to be present in the moments I’m in, but as soon as the calendar turns to August I begin counting down the days until Autumn (and all the coziness that comes with it) begins. The cooler temperatures, sweaters, boots, flannel, bonfires, aging leaves, pumpkins… I really could go on and on about why I love this time of year! 

One of the biggest reasons I love Fall is because it's truly a wonderful time for community! There are so many opportunities to spend time with family and friends, share a meal together, and just enjoy each other's company. In fact, we're not wasting any time and are actually having people over tonight! My schedule tends to get pretty busy this time of year so I wanted to make something really easy and delicious that would serve a large group of people. Thus, I present to you my Southwestern Chicken Chili.

This is one of my go-to recipes, especially this time of year. Not only is it relatively simple, but it is also packed with fiber and lean protein, two very important parts of a well-balaced diet! Eating the right amounts of fiber helps improve digestion, lower cholesterol levels, and also helps keep your blood sugar levels under control. Protein also adds some major benefits to your health by allowing your body to properly build and repair tissues and to create enzymes and hormones so that you are able to function optimally. It's as healthy and filling as it is delicious!

Almost all of the ingredients I used are canned. One day, I really want to try to make everything from scratch but being in a hurry didn't quite allow time for me to do that. Also, I wanted to be 100% sure that it would taste good since people other than my family would be eating it! I do make sure to always buy all organic and low sodium canned ingredients, if at all possible. 

I should also note that I’m a big fan of all things spicy, so I’m pretty generous with the chili powder, red pepper flakes, and white pepper. If you’re sensitive or don't like spicy foods, I’d recommend foregoing the red pepper flakes and white pepper, and only use 1 tbsp of chili powder. 

I’m a condiment lover so I typically will add a little dollop of plain greek yogurt on top instead of sour cream. It basically tastes the same (to me) and adds a little more lean protein to the meal!

Here's to enjoying all the wonderful things of Fall with good friends and family! 

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-Jen