Simple Italian Chili – Bariatric Friendly

Steph Wagner

January 29, 2014

Simple Italian Chili – Bariatric Friendly


I have made this chili so many times, when I went to look for it on the blog the other day…I was shocked when I realized I’d never shared it on here!!!

I have made this for friends and family repeatedly. When I travel to visit family I try to offer to cook meals and this is a great one. Easy to put together in someone else’s kitchen and stick in the slow-cooker for the day while we go out and about. Everyone is happy when we get home and walk in the door to a delicious Italian dinner!

*To make this chili into single servings like shown in the video below – use a 1/3 measure cup and scoop into a silicone muffin pan. Cover and put in the freezer overnight. Remove from freezer and transfer to a gallon plastic bag. Heat chili chunks in the microwave for 2.5 minutes.

Each “chunk” provides 8 grams protein, 6 grams carbohydrate and 4 grams fat.

Simple Italian Chili - Bariatric Friendly

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Slow Cooker
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage (casing removed if using links)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 (14 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 yellow or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1/2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • shredded 2% mozzarella cheese for topping optional for topping


  • Heat a skillet to medium high and spray with olive oil. Add turkey sausage and brown; drain if needed. Add onion and cook 2 more minutes.
  • Add to either slow cooker or large dutch oven. Add diced tomatoes, bell pepper and tomato paste. Mix well. Stir in herbs. If using slow cooker, cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. If using dutch oven, put burner to low and cook for 20-30 minutes.
  • Top with shredded cheese.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1112mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 709IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 10mg
Nutrition Facts
Simple Italian Chili - Bariatric Friendly
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 1112mg48%
Potassium 607mg17%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 709IU14%
Vitamin C 80mg97%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 10mg56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

6 thoughts on “Simple Italian Chili – Bariatric Friendly”

  1. 5 stars
    I wasn’t going to even watch this series because I cook for my husband also. He is going away for 8 days so this will work out great. Who doesn’t like chili?

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