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High Protein Bariatric Chili Recipe | Easy to Prep

 Recipe great for Weight Loss after Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric Friendly | High Protein | Weight Loss Recipe

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Question for our readers: Do you put beans in your chili? Here in Texas, you might get kicked to the curb if you stir some beans into your chili recipe (seriously). 😅 It’s so fun to see how dishes vary from place to place!

Today, we are going against Texan tradition and putting your health first! We’ve got a protein packed bariatric chili recipe (yes, we included beans for protein) that’s sure to help you reach your daily protein goals within a bariatric portion size. 

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This recipe is perfect for the “Regular Foods” stage after bariatric surgery. This usually starts 5-6 weeks post-op. (But, of course, listen to your doctor AND your body)  During this “Regular Foods” stage, you are suggested to eat high protein, low carb meals. – Like this bariatric chili.

This bariatric chili recipe allows you to meet your protein goals, in a small portion of food- and did we mention- its delicious!

You can add seasoning to your liking. Also, this recipe makes several portions! Quick tip: Instead of storing your leftovers in one big container, portion them out in meal prep Tupperware. That way you can just grab your meal and go! Lunches for your work or school week- done.

If you make this recipe, post a picture, follow and tag us on social media! We love seeing how our blogs can help bariatric patients continue to make healthy choices and maintain wellness years post surgery. That’s what we’re all about at WLS Afterlife!

High Protein Bariatric Chili Recipe


1 Tbsp olive oil (or you can use cooking spray instead)

1 lb ground beef

½ medium chopped onion

15.5 oz dark red kidney beans (don’t drain)

14-15 oz can diced tomatoes (don’t drain)

1 small jar chopped green chilis

¾ tsp garlic powder

¾ tsp ground cumin

2-4 tsp chili powder (depending on how spicy you like it)

1 cup water


1. Add cooking oil (or cooking spray) and ground beef to a pan on medium-high heat.

2. Brown ground beef

3. Drain fat and return to skillet

4. Add in onions & sauté until semi-translucent

5. Add one cream cheese ball at a time to bag. Shake to fully coat eachAdd in kidney beans, diced tomatoes, green chilis, and your seasonings; mix thoroughly.

6. Add in 1 cup of water

7. Bring to boil- and keep it boiling for 15-20 minutes.

8. Add cilantro or parsley to garnish. Serve & Enjoy!

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We recommend our WLS Afterlife viewers follow their doctor’s dietary guidelines, regardless of our recipe instructions. WLS Afterlife is dedicated to presenting new bariatric-friendly meals weekly so you can continue to enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard to enjoy!  If we listed an ingredient you were told to avoid, write to us so we may provide you with plenty of other tasty alternatives.

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