IDDSI Level 5 Chili

IDDSI Level 5 Chili

A hearty staple meal now safe for those on diets eating IDDSI Levels 5-7! Our chili recipe uses Thick & Easy® Minced Ground Beef and Herb Ox® Beef Bouillon packets for a dish that’s packed with flavor and protein.


6 Servings 12 Servings
Olive oil 2 tbsp 1/4 cup
Onion, finely diced or ground to appropriate size 1 1/2 cups 3 cups
Garlic, minced 1 tbsp 2 tbsp
Oregano, dried 1 1/2 tsp 3 cups
Chili powder 2 tbsp 1/4 cup
Cumin 1 tsp 2 tsp
Dry ground mustard 1 tsp 2 tsp
Salt 1 tsp 2 tsp
Black pepper 1/2 tsp 1 tsp
Herb-Ox® Beef Bouillon Packets
Item: 35188
1 cup 2 cups
Crushed canned tomatoes, do not drain
(puree if needed to achieve appropriate piece sizes)
1 – 14.5 oz can 2 – 14.5 oz cans
Tomato sauce 8 oz 16 oz
THICK & EASY® Minced Ground Beef – Level 5 Ready
Item: 114401
1 – 11.9 oz bag 2 – 11.9 oz bags
Refried beans (puree or grind if needed to achieve appropriate piece sizes) 1 – 16 oz can 2 – 16 oz cans
Suggested garnishes:
Sour cream, finely diced green onions
As desired As desired


  1. Sauté finely diced onions in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Stir in minced garlic and oregano, chili powder, cumin, mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Add beef broth, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce; stir well.
  4. Cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Add refried beans and thawed Thick & Easy® Level 5 Minced Beef.
  6. Simmer for additional 3-5 minutes or until internal temperature of chili reaches 165°F or higher
  7. Portion about 1 cup per serving.
  8. Garnish with sour cream and finely diced green onion as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • To reduce sodium to 730 mg per serving, use no salt added tomato sauce and lower sodium refried beans in place of regular versions.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cup (8 fl oz portions)

Calories: 280

Total Fat: 13g

Saturated Fat: 3.5g

Cholesterol: 55mg

Sodium: 1100mg

Total Carb: 24g

Dietary Fiber: 7g

Total Sugars: 7g

Added Sugars: 0g

Protein: 20g

Vitamin D: 0% DV

Calcium: 6% DV

Iron: 25% DV

Potassium: 15% DV