“4th of July Protein Chili”

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." - Ronald Reagan

Are you ready for a delicious and protein-packed chili that will leave you satisfied and guilt-free? This is one of my personal favorites and it is so simple and quick to make. My diet-friendly “Protein Chili” is not only easy to make but also incredibly flavorful. Let’s get started!


  • 1 pound of lean ground bison or turkey (or you can opt for lean beef if you prefer)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 packet of chili mix from McCormick (or your favorite chili seasoning)
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup of chopped mushrooms
  • 1 can of corn niblets (no added sugar)
  • Optional: 1 can of white cannellini beans (to add extra creaminess and carbs if you want that)


  • In a large pot over medium heat, cook the ground bison or turkey until it’s nicely browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat if needed.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, chili mix, minced garlic, chopped mushrooms, and corn niblets into the pot. Stir everything together until well combined.
  • If you’re using the white cannellini beans, go ahead and add them to the pot as well.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 35 minutes, allowing all the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  • Once the chili is ready, divide it into two generous servings.

Macros per serving (approximate):

Protein: ~50-60g

Carbohydrates: ~30-35g

Fat: ~15-20g

  • For an extra touch of deliciousness, top your servings with a sprinkle of your favorite cheese.

This “Protein Chili” is the perfect balance of protein, fiber, and flavor, making it a satisfying and healthy option for any meal. Enjoy!

*If you are interested in my custom diets and exercise programs click on the link below or in my bio. Check out what I offer. There are also mindfulness meditation and mindset work that I include as well!

If you wish to understand the full breadth of how I can help you, just click the link below or in my bio and set up a free discovery call with me and let’s talk!



*Join my mailing list! Just text: TAD to 42828

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.