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5 Spicy Dishes Featuring Chili Powder Under 400 Calories

A wooden bowl filled with vibrant red chili powder is surrounded by several whole red chili peppers on a dark surface. Both the chili powder and the peppers appear fresh and full of flavor. MyFitnessPal Blog
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Chili powder is an easy way to sprinkle flavor atop any dish — from eggs to burgers and burrito bowls. Known to fight inflammation, support a healthy heart, clear sinuses and boost immunity, this next-to-no-calorie spice is also believed to increase your metabolism. Experiment with the spice by trying out these recipes — all under 400 calories.

1. MEXICAN GREEN CHILI VEGGIE BURGERS | MINIMALIST BAKER

These versatile veggie burgers are made from scratch, allowing you the freedom to choose what goes into them. Crushed tortilla chips add a bit of unexpected crunch without an abundance of calories. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 patty each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 248; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 287mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 9g

2. CHILI CHICKEN TORTILLAS |MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

With a prep time of only 11 minutes, this recipe offers the perfect way to simplify the cooking process — especially on busy weeknights. Cut the work while keeping all the flavor with this spicy chili dish, which boasts 26 grams of protein. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 tortilla, 3 ounces chicken, 3 tablespoons sour cream, 1 cup vegetables each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 368; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 2.5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 57mg; Sodium: 362mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 26g

3. PUMPKIN AVOCADO TOSTADAS | LOVE & LEMONS

With pumpkin season upon us, don’t limit yourself to just pumpkin desserts. Homemade pumpkin chili spread provides a new twist for pumpkin spice — and a boost of fiber. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 tostada each, with sauce left over.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 291; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 393mg; Carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 7g

4. 20-MINUTE ANCHO CHICKEN TACOS | PINCH OF YUM

Celebrate Taco Tuesday during even the busiest work weeks with this 20-minute dish. Though the recipe calls for ancho chili powder, any chili powder will do. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 taco each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 156; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 33mg; Sodium: 84mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 13g

5. CHILI CHICKEN, KALE AND QUINOA CASSEROLE | IFOODREAL

With less than 400 calories and 27 grams of protein, this fulfills your comfort food fantasies without breaking your calorie budget. Recipe makes 8 servings at 1/8 recipe each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 371; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 61mg; Sodium: 667mg; Carbohydrate: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 27g

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