Beefy Chili Stoup
Thick and hearty like chili, with soft fresh vegetables like soup
Why post-ops have to be careful of soup
Beefy Chili Stoup is name inspired by Rachael Ray’s made up term of “stoup” (soup + chili) and one that I often use on this website.
You see, soup is not the best choice for post-op bariatric patients. I know, it’s so annoying. We always think of soup as low calorie and super enjoyable on a rainy or cold day. So what’s the issue with soup?
The reason fluids with food is not recommended after surgery is because gastric emptying (how fast food moves through the stomach) is much faster after any weight loss surgery procedure.
To get the most out of your surgery, you want to eat foods that are dense and hearty with lean protein. While chicken and vegetables in a soup is a great idea nutritionally, you can likely eat more of it and will get hungry faster than had you eaten…chicken and vegetables on a plate.
Chili and stews have been a great answer to a thick and filling protein dense meal that has the enjoyment of soup (warm and comforting) without the extra broth and liquid.
Omit rice or potatoes and a stew will work great! (Recipes below) Or with this “stoup” you can have the flavor of chili but add in a few vegetables for texture and flavor change.
Chili, Stoup and Stew recipes
From left to right: Cowboy Stew (member recipe), Mexican Lime Chicken Stew, Cheeseburger Stew, Instant Pot Classic Chili, Sweet Chipotle Turkey Chili, Sunday’s Beef Stoup
Beefy Chili Stoup
- 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
- 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup kidney beans rinsed
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 10 baby carrots or 2 large carrots, chopped
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- In a large dutch oven on medium high heat, brown the ground beef. Drain.
- Return to heat and add chili powder. Stir until coated. Add all other ingredients.
- Turn heat to a low simmer. Close the lid and allow to heat another 10 minutes or until ready to serve.
- To keep from intaking too much liquid with your solid protein meal, use a slotted spoon to serve OR eat with a fork.