Beefy BBQ Chili

Steph Wagner

February 3, 2021

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Beefy BBQ Chili


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Beefy BBQ Chili: full of protein, full of flavor

Chili is a bariatric patients friend

I am all about chili when it comes to weight loss surgery meals. They pack the ultimate protein punch! Plus flavor! Plus you can freeze and reheat later! I mean…so many great things about chili. If you feel as strongly about chili as I do, you must trust this Beefy BBQ Chili.

I’ve actually made this recipe a handful of times. The first time the seasoning was way too much. The second time is was devoured by my family. The third time I remembered to take a picture so I could share it with you.

Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker

Take your picture. Shoot, you can just make it on the stovetop.

I love the pressure cooker for the recipe. I find the stew meat comes out very moist and it is always so fascinating to see a stew come together so quickly!

I purchased my stew meat and ground beef from Aldi. For the barbecue rub, I just picked what I had on hand which in my case was some rub my Mom bought my Husband for Christmas. It was some local barbecue shop rub and it was tasty!

Questions often come up for what barbecue sauce a post-op patient should buy because of the sugar content. Truth be told, I just turn around all the bottles until I find the lowest sugar option. Anything that has maple or Kansas City (where I live, humorously) will be higher in sugar. The more ‘vinegar’ sauces like Carolina sauces will be lower in sugar. Just look at labels until the lowest one wins!

If you can find an Annie’s Organic® sauce that one is about 4 grams of carbs per serving. You can also make your own at home if you’re really feeling creative!

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beefy barbecue chili bariatric food coach recipe

Beefy BBQ Chili

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker
Keyword: Dairy Free, Instant Pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
Packed with protein this beefy chili uses lean ground beef and stew meat, barbecue rub and sauce for a filling and flavorful bariatric chili.
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  • Pressure Cooker
  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 lb lean stew meat
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp barbecue rub
  • 1 can kidney beans rinsed
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes canned
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce lowest sugar available
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese optional, shredded, 2%


Pressure Cooker

  • Select sauté function. Spray generously with cooking spray and add stew ground beef. When mostly browned, add stew meat and brown edges slightly. Turn off the cooker.
  • Add seasonings, tomatoes, beans and barbecue sauce. Place lid on pressure cooker and select "Meat/Stew" setting for 15 minutes. Allow 8 minutes of naturally release, then release any remaining pressure. Serve with a tbsp of cheese per serving if desired.

Slow Cooker

  • Heat a large skillet to medium high heat and brown ground beef. Add to bottom of slow cooker. Return skillet to heat and add stew meat, lightly browning the sides. Add to slow cooker.
  • Add seasonings, tomatoes, beans and barbecue sauce to the slow cooker. Place lid on the cooker and select low heat for 7 hours.
  • Serve with a tbsp of cheese per serving if desired.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 741mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 4mg
Nutrition Facts
Beefy BBQ Chili
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 741mg32%
Potassium 588mg17%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 208IU4%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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