Metabolic Effect’s Quick Chili

By Blair Lindler

Sunday’s always seem to creep up on me incredibly too fast – the weekends never seem to last as long as they should!  But one of the standing traditions in my life is food prep that gets me set up with “fast food” for the whole week that keeps me on track with my healthy diet and minimizes the need or desire for  junk food that does nothing positive for my body’s needs. This Sunday was no exception – I went into the kitchen like I was marching into boot camp: with determination and focus.

(BeyondFit Secret: All our coaches find Sunday Meal Prep to be an integral tool to nutritional success! You’ll be sure to make better choices when you plan ahead for your week’s meals…)

I’m not a very good chef, so I rely heavily on cook books and recipes.  And The Metabolic Effect Diet book is one of my go-to’s (if you could open the cover, you would see all of the highlights, underlines, notes, and exclamation marks I’ve made).  It’s chock full of great and real life applications, tips, recipes, and solutions to common problems.

On this weeks menu?  The ME’s Quick Chili! 

It’s a hearty, filling, taste bud teasing chili that has all the flavor and is completely fat loss friendly…

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ME’s Quick Chili  (Makes 3-4 servings)


  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T cumin
  • 2 T chili powder
  • ¼ t red pepper flakes
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 12-16 oz lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 (28 oz) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • Shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese

I made a couple substitutions; most notably doing 14 oz of fire roasted tomatoes and 14 oz regular diced tomatoes since I don’t like anything spicy…


  1.  Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan and add the onion and garlic – sauté until softened (approximately 5 minutes)
  2. Stir in cumin, chili powder, and red pepper flakes
  3. Add the diced peppers and cook for 5 minutes until softened
  4. Add the beef/turkey and sauté until brown
  5. Add the tomatoes
  6. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are soft and the tomatoes have cooked – approximately 10-15 minutes
  7. Ladle into bowls and top with 2 T Cheddar
My stomach growls just thinking about it!!

One of the best parts about this recipe?  It keeps wonderfully to ration out throughout the week for your lunches or a quick pop-in-the-microwave dinner…

These leftovers definitely won’t be found in the trash!

What’s your favorite fat loss friendly recipe?   Post below!  And don’t forget to check out our Labor Day Give-Away to win a copy of the ME Diet Book!