May, 18

The Super Lean Protein-Packed Chili

You understand the importance of protein in your diet. It’s not just about packing in the protein, though – taste, nutrition, and ease of preparation all play a key role in your meal planning. That’s where this Super Protein-Packed Chili comes in. It’s a recipe that ticks all the boxes: high in protein, full of flavor, and loaded with nutrients to fuel your muscle growth and recovery.


  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 cup of corn (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water or beef broth
  • Optional toppings: chopped green onions


  1. Brown the Beef: In a large pot, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add Veggies: Add the chopped onions and bell peppers to the pot with the beef. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Spice it Up: Sprinkle the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper over the beef and vegetables. Stir well to coat everything evenly with the spices.
  4. Quinoa and Beans: Stir in the uncooked quinoa, kidney beans, and diced tomatoes (with their juice). Add the water or beef broth and stir well.
  5. Simmer: Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and the chili has thickened.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve hot with your choice of toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, or green onions.

Nutritional Benefits

This chili is not just tasty; it’s also a nutritional powerhouse. Lean ground beef provides high-quality protein and iron, crucial for muscle repair and growth. Kidney beans add extra protein and fiber, promoting digestive health and satiety. Quinoa, a complete protein source, also contributes additional fiber and essential amino acids. The bell peppers and tomatoes are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, antioxidants that support immune health and recovery.


This Super Protein-Packed Chili is more than just a meal; it’s a comfort food that’s nutritious and satisfying. It’s perfect for meal prepping as it freezes well and tastes even better the next day. Try it out, and it might just become your new favorite post-workout meal!

Remember, nutrition is key, and this recipe is designed to provide a balance of protein, carbs, and essential nutrients to support your training goals. Enjoy this hearty, healthy chili and feel the difference in your performance and recovery!

Founder of AJ Bodybuilding MAG

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