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This Mango Lime Chili is exactly what you need when you are ready for fall, but not quite ready to leave summer. It perfectly blends in the fall cozy comfort food with flavors of the summer with the mangoes and lime.
This chili is low calorie, low fat, low sodium, and low carb, and full of antioxidants and other nutrients to keep you full and your body working properly.
Curious about the taste?
One word. Phenomenal.
It combines flavors you never think is possible and realize after trying the tangy and sweet taste, that you have been missing out your entire life.
Summer Meets Fall
I love fall because you get to see the trees change colors, it is perfect weather to have the windows open to air out the house.
And you get to start eating cozy, comfort meals like chili.
But what do you do when it is the beginning of fall, you crave all that stuff, but the weather tells you summer is staying for awhile?
You combine the two together!
That’s what I tried to do with this chili. It is still the perfect comfort food, but with summer flavors added in to make it not seem weird you are eating it on a 90 degree fall day.
Aaron and I eat chili all the time during the summer. It’s just too good to pass up until a certain season. But we do feel wrong for doing it. But now since we added summer flavors in, we feel it’s justified.
If you have noticed from my Sweet and Spicy Chili, sometimes we don’t use beans with our chili.
We did try this recipe with beans, just to make sure we didn’t like it better. We barely tasted the mango and lime flavors when we added the beans, so I felt this recipe was better without.
You can add them in if you really want to, but keep in mind the flavor may be dulled down and you are also adding carbs and sodium.
We Continued the Mango Flavors
After trying mangoes for the first time for my Mango Cherry Protein Smoothie, my husband and I were hooked.
We wanted to put mangoes in EVERYTHING. So first up, is chili.
I think the hardest part for this recipe was trying to figure out the mango-lime balance. We liked the flavor from the first batch we tried, but it kept being too much or too little mango or lime.
We made this multiple times before we had a winner. Unfortunately, my husband and I disagreed on which recipe was perfect. Luckily, the ones we chose were both the same spices and perfect amount of mango, only difference being the amount of lime juice. I liked a little more, and he thought it balanced well with a little less.
I chose his way because I agreed it was really good that way. The recipe notes at the end tells you which measurement I liked best so you can try it both ways.
If you do, let me know which one your family liked best!
I Want Vitamins and Minerals!
If you read my Mango Cherry Smoothie article, you already know how beneficial mangoes are. These things are LOADED with nutrients. I highly recommend them. In everything. That’s why we are on a mango kick right now.
This dinner as a whole packs every single major vitamin and mineral in it, all while being low in all the “bad” stuff, like carbs, sodium, and calories!
A single serving of this chili packs (DV based on a 2,000 calorie diet):
- 53% Vitamin C
- 38% Vitamin A
- 38% Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- 35% Selenium
- 32% Vitamin B6
- 28% Copper
- 23% Phosphorus
- 18% Zinc
- 17% Vitamin B12
- 14% Potassium
- 13% Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- 13% Folate (Vitamin B9)
- 12% Pantothetic Acid (Vitamin B5)
- 11% Iron
This is loaded with antioxidants, which if you read my BBQ Pineapple Chicken Quesadilla recipe, I talked about how these work to repair everything in your body, which makes them AMAZING.
The nutrients this has most of, also work together to keep your nervous system functioning correctly, which in general is how your brain communicates with the rest of your body.
Selenium is a nutrient you don’t see a lot of, but it packs a powerful impact. It not only acts as an antioxidant, but is one of the most essential nutrients for thyroid health! You need Selenium to help your thyroid in producing necessary hormones and regulating metabolism.
So What Else do these Nutrients Do?
Besides what I just mentioned, these nutrients work together to help with (items listed in order of how much benefit it provides):
- Red Blood Cell Formation
- Immune Function
- Growth and Development
- Conversion of Food Into Energy
And much more!
Save Money Grocery Shopping!
You can save a lot of money by making recipes all week that use some of the same ingredients. Here are some ideas of what you can make next week that have some of the same ingredients (along with this recipe):
- Sweet and Spicy Chili
- Mango Cherry Protein Smoothie
- Snack Sized Protein Taco Boats
- Best Healthy Turkey Burger
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