Chili Recipe for the HCG Diet. A P2 favorite from The HCG Dieter Gourmet Cookbook

HCG Diet Chili Recipe for Phase 2

HCG Diet Chili Recipe for the HCG Phase 2 from the HCG Diet Gourmet Cookbook Vol 1 Picture all meat chili

HCG Diet Chili Recipe for the HCG Phase 2
From the HCG Diet Gourmet Cookbook Vol 1

So many people have written and shared that this is one of their all time favorites from my book, The HCG Dieter Gourmet Cookbook P2. So yummy that the whole family will enjoy it and I suspect you will continue to enjoy it long after the diet is over. Nice and spicy. You can of course adjust the heat level down or (if you’re like me) crank it up! Enjoy!

HCG Diet Chili for Phase 2
  • 100 grams lean ground beef (less than 7% fat)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs. minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed and minced
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Pinch of onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • Pinch of oregano
  • Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Brown ground beef in a small frying pan, add onions and garlic. Stir in tomatoes and water. Add spices an simmer slowly until liquid is reduced. The longer it cooks, the more tender and flavorful. Add a little water as needed to prevent burning. Serve with chopped green onion or tomato garnish and salt and pepper to taste

Makes 1 serving (1 protein, 1 vegetable or fruit)

P3 modifications: Top with cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

Nutritional Information: Makes 1 Serving (1 Protein, 1 Vegetable)
Amount Per Serving: Protein: 23grams | Fat: 8grams | Calories: 195

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87 Responses to Chili Recipe for the HCG Diet. A P2 favorite from The HCG Dieter Gourmet Cookbook

  1. Cindy October 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    Mmmm-mmmm good! Another of your delicous and helpful recipes that I LOVE. Thanks for your generosity to so many, Tammy.

  2. DeeLynn March 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    This recipe is wonderful. I throw in some beef broth (of course to diet specifications) to make this seem like more. It is amazing the tricks we can pull by fooling our eyes!!! Thanks!!

    • Tammy March 18, 2010 at 2:21 am #

      The chili is one of my favorites! I am playing around with making it even more exciting with a Phase 3 recipe but I swear I still eat it often. So glad you are enjoying it! Doesn’t it just make the diet so much more fun when you actually enjoy the food!

  3. Jan April 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    I made the chili last night and it was outstanding. My husband is a “heat” junkie too (not on HCG) so next time I’ll be adding jalapenos to his. I think I might also try it with chicken too. Thanks Tammy. I can’t wait till the P3 cookbook is ready.

  4. Brandi Tantillo May 24, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    Hi Tammy,

    I just purchased your cookbook and I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much for writing it!
    I’m in R1P2D20 and down 16#. I’ve only had your cookbook for the last 3 days and I feel remotivated all over again.

    Brandi Tantillo

    • Tammy May 25, 2010 at 2:12 am #

      Fantastic! I’m so happy you are enjoying the book and congrats on your 16#!!!!! I’m just so excited to hear about peoples weight loss success stories.

  5. Liz July 6, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    I am just starting P2 tomorrow. I have heard that there is a cabbage soup recipe that I can make that won’t hurt my weight loose. I am surprised since most of them have chicken stock and I know there are both calories and fat grams in most. I did see a fat free chicken stock at the store, but I am still afraid to mess up this very strict diet. Can you advise me?

    Thanks so much!!!

    • Tammy July 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

      Hi Liz, Congrats on getting started! All the best to you. You shouldn’t have any problems using broth in the recipes. Best of course is to make your own using approved vegetables like cabbage or celery but using a fat free broth in a pinch won’t mess up your weight loss. I have started recommending using 1/2 broth 1/2 water in my recipes to cut the sodium a bit. If you use a commercial broth it is best to choose an organic brand such as Imagine.

  6. Michelle July 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    I have a question. Since it is listed as either 1 fruit or vegetable, is it possible for me to ount the tomato as my fruit and still add another veggie to this, ex. onion or asparagus. It sound so tasty and half the time I forget to eat my fruit. I imagine this would be more filling and satisfying if i could add another vegetable while staying in protcol guidelines.

    • Tammy July 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

      Hi Michelle,

      I count it as a vegetable based on Dr. Simeons list in Pounds and Inches. Technically, you are right in that it is a fruit but my recipes in the book use it as a vegetable. You could try mixing those together and see if it stalls your progress but I don’t officially recommend mixing the two. Hope that helps you 🙂

  7. Michelle July 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    thank you for your respone Tammy. I went ahead and tried it as a fruit and mixing it with a veggie and had a wonderful success, a 2.5lb loss for the following day! I wont be doing this as an every day thing, (don’t want to tempt fate) but it is nice to have that option available.

    • Tammy July 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

      Great Michelle! Glad to hear it. I questioned the issue of using tomato as a fruit myself when I first began the diet and even had some recipes originally in the book that used both but I decided to stick with the tried and true original protocol and didn’t want anyone to be misled or have stalled weight loss because they mixed veggies. Glad you are doing so well 🙂

  8. Kristin August 16, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Hi Tammy-
    Have you experimented with ingredients like Konjac Flour, Agar Agar, etc. that I have found on Sheepra’s website? Just wondering if it’s best to stick with natural foods? I am P2Day32R1, lost 20 lbs. so far. Loving the diet, just looking for some variety. Thanks.

    • Tammy August 18, 2010 at 2:51 am #

      Hi Kristin,

      Yes, I totally LOVE all things konjac, Shirataki noodles, Agar Agar etc!!!! A cookbook for these products will be finished in the near future. That said…. all my exuberance and excitement for those products aside….. Yes/No/Maybe So on P2. Many people have used them successfully and they are technically pure fiber so it’s been a matter of debate. Some people have reported the noodles and konjac flour make them stall. P3 and maintenance? Absolutely! Wonderful product with many health benefits. Congrats on your weight loss! very excited for you.

  9. elizabeth September 3, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    i followed a similar recipe but i made a huge batch using 1 lb of ground meat- i was told you can have 1 cup of the chili as your meal. is this true?

    • Tammy September 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

      If you want to make multiple servings, I recommend breaking up the lean ground beef (7% or less is best) into 100 gram servings. Then, cook it all together (you may need to adjust the spices a bit to taste) and then separate out by weight the number of servings. That way you can be accurate and still cook a big ol batch! Hope that helps you. I wouldn’t rely on a cup measurement but would focus on starting with 100 grams and then weighing out the individual servings.

  10. christina wade October 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    how many calories are in this?

    • Tammy October 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

      The chili has 195 calories, 23 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fat. You can reduce the amount of fat by lightly boiling off the fat from ground meat or grinding your own chunks of lean beef. Hope that helps you 🙂

  11. Jan January 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    On the radish receipe can I use olive oil on p2?

    • Tammy January 26, 2011 at 7:32 am #

      No oil on P2. P3 is fine.

  12. Phil February 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    1 vegetable or fruit?? Deos this mean I should eat a fruit along with this?

    • Tammy February 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

      I just call a tomato a vegetable for the most part. It is technically a fruit but yes, you should have a fruit in addition to the chili.

  13. maidmayhem February 16, 2011 at 1:09 am #


    I make iced tea using an organic white tea and organic Stevia. Not only is it sweet but the tea package info says that there is only 2 calories per cup. It is great because when I want something sweet, badda~bing there it is! It can be really sweet and I only use a tablespoon of Stevia per 1-gallon.

    Does one still need to count calories on these organic teas, such as green tea, yerba, etc.?

    • Tammy March 8, 2011 at 7:44 am #

      Sounds delicious!!! I love to play with various iced teas. Some herbal teas and green/white blends are just delicious on phase 2 of the diet, iced or hot. I love a green tea with mint and sweetened with stevia. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

      With regard to calories there aren’t any. In fact green tea and Yerba Mate actually seem to stimulate an extra fat and calorie burn so its actually beneficial while on the diet!

  14. Clint March 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi. I have a question about jalapenos. They are literally one of my favorite foods in the world and I would love to be able to eat them but I can’t find any mention of whether or not you can eat them during P2. I am currently R1P2D15 and am down 25# so I don’t want to do anything to mess up my weight loss. Do you have any experience with using jalapenos and whether they adversely affect the diet or not? Thank you so much for your help!

    • Tammy March 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      Hi Clint,
      Sorry but jalapenos aren’t good for P2. I would just hang in there a little longer until you transition into phase 3 of the diet. If you like the heat I suggest a touch of cayenne pepper. You can even make up your own hot and spicy pickles or cabbage using hot pepper flakes with a pinch of salt and of course vinegar.

  15. marie July 28, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    hey i have a question. i did the diet back in the end of last year, things got hectic in my life and i just never went back to p2 so now im gonna start over and i was wondering about pickles. i literally love them and their calorie count is very very low. the list says i can have cucumbers so i was wonderin about pickles. last time i was on the diet i lost 30 some lbs and i didnt really exercise and i ate pickles that whole time. whats ur thoughts?

  16. Priscilla damian September 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I have a question what is phase 1 2 or 3

    • admin September 18, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

      Hi Priscilla! Phase 1 is the Prep and Load phase when you’re preparing for the HCG Diet and loading properly before beginning the HCG Phase (P2) of the diet. This is when you want to load up on vitamins and minerals, and fats.

      Phase 2 (P2) is the HCG Phase when you use HCG in combination with a low calorie (500) diet. This is where my cookbook comes into play. The recipes add flavor and variety to your diet to help you stay on the diet without getting getting bored.

      Phase 3 (P3) is the Stabilization Phase. It’s a 3 week period of a varied, normal calorie diet with the exception of starch and sugar.

      Phase 4 (P4) is the Maintenance Phase. This is where you gradually incorporate carbs back into your diet and maintain your new weight loss for life.

      You really need to read Dr. Simeons’ book Pounds and Inches and you can find the free pdf ebook by searching on the internet.

      The HCG Diet is an incredible diet and well worth the effort! Best of luck to you!

  17. Tammi October 31, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    Tammy, this chili recipe was absolutely delicious!!! 🙂 So appreciative to have all of these great recipes! Thanks!!!

    • Tammy October 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

      Thank you Tammi — I’m so glad that you liked the chili recipe and hope you like the others too!

      Please keep me updated on your diet!

  18. raquel lewis November 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Where can I buy this book? Made this recipe for lunch and omg was it delish! Love being able to lose weight and still eat wonderful food! Thanks

    • Tammy November 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

      Hi Raquel and thank you so much! So happy that you liked the Chili recipe — it’s one of my favorites! To order a book, just go to:

      Best of luck on your diet and let me know how you like your cookbook!

  19. Jane December 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    The chili sounds amazing! Can I use ground buffalo instead of lean beef 7%? Just wondering.

    • Tammy January 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

      Hi Jane! Buffalo isn’t an allowed food until Phase 3 but feel free to use it after you’ve completed Phase 2!

      Enjoy the Chili!

  20. sandra January 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Please don’t show a picture of chili with beans in it with a receipt that doesn’t have beans in it, Beans are a no no. Make sure you are truthful in all you do because all of us on the HCG plan need only the best, truthful and honest information. The picture is pretty but inaccurate. If you are trying to sell the cookbook and don’t actually care about the people buying it fine, but be honest. HCG is an amazing program and if you are trying to help people good if you are trying to make a buck at least be truthful. I have done HCG and everything I have learned I pass on for free and Im totally honest.Let’s see if you post this for everyones benifit.

    • Tammy January 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi Sandra! We’ve been looking for a professional photo of chili without beans for some time now and have finally found one just a few days ago. You’ll soon see the photo of the chili replaced with the new photo!

      • Heidi January 18, 2012 at 4:04 am #


        My wonderful husband just made your delicious chili recipe for me. He is so supportive (he’s not even on the diet). 🙂 I took a few pictures of the chili following your recipe minus the beans. It looks delicious and tastes just as good as it looks. I would love to share the photos with you, if you would like them just shoot me an email. Thanks again and take care.

        • Tammy January 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

          Hi Heidi! I’m so happy that you enjoyed my chili — and that your husband is so supportive! If you still have those photos, I would love to see them. Would you be willing to allow us to use / share these photos with others if needed? I have emailed you my email address if you would still like to send the pictures — I look forward to seeing them and really appreciate the kind offer!

          Best of luck on your diet!

  21. JW February 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Why are beans a no no?

    • Tammy February 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Dr. Simeons, the creator of this amazing diet, did extensive research and found limited foods that could be eaten without causing stalls, etc. and beans was not on the list of approved foods on Phase 2 as they are a starch.

  22. charlene February 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    I am doing very well with my HCG other than forgetting my second pill in the afternoon I am on p2 right now and would like to know if oatmeal is ok in the morning?

    • Tammy February 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      Hi Charlene! Great to hear that you’re doing well with this amazing diet! Do you use any kind of calendaring system on your computer? You could add a reminder in it, or on your cell phone. Consistency is very important so I would recommend trying anything to help you remember to take your HCG.

      Oatmeal is a grain (like bread) and a starch so it’s not allowed on P2 or P3, but you can re-introduce it back into your diet in P4.

      Best of luck on your diet!

  23. Shannon February 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Wow this stuff is so good. I made a ton of servings, and froze them for those time I dont want to cook. Weighed and measured it all out of course. It is even better the next day. I will definitely be making this, even when off the HCG diet. This is incredible. I’m gonna try and make it with chicken. If I could make this for every meal, I would definitely succeed on this diet 🙂

    • Tammy February 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

      That’s a great idea Shannon – something I highly recommend to people! Thank you and best of luck on your diet!

  24. Gail February 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    I have made the chili a couple of times. It is a great lunch to pack for working people. I am almost ready to start p3 but cannot find your p3 book on the website. Can you give me exactly what to look for. I have one of the p2 books and it has been wonderful.

    • Tammy February 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

      Hi Gail! I’m so happy to hear that you like my chili recipe — it’s one of my favorites too!

      My Phase 3 cookbook is still ‘in the works’ — I’m still perfecting the recipes and writing the rest of the book. It won’t be available until later in the year. In the meantime, you can use the many P3 modifications that are included in both of my P2 cookbooks.

      Best of continued luck on your diet!

  25. Susan April 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    I noticed onions being added to this recipe but there’s already a vegetable (tomato) – does this mean onions are an add-on that don’t count as a vegetable then?

    • Tammy April 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      That’s a great question Susan! When onion is used in small amounts as a spice, it doesn’t count as your vegetable. If you have any hesitation in using it, feel free to remove it from any recipes. Best of luck on your diet!

  26. Danielle April 13, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Just made this because I started receiving your emails! It was delicious and made me forget I was on a diet!! Thanks!!

    • Tammy April 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Thank you so much Danielle and I’m so glad you liked the recipe!! And I appreciate you being on my newsletter list!

  27. Stephanie April 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I don’t know what I did wrong but I had the strawberry cheesecake for lunch & the chili for dinner, & I woke up the next morning & GAINED 4#s!!!! Even tho it was great (cuz my family had meatloaf & mash potatoes)I’m afraid to make it again :'(

    • Tammy April 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Stephanie! I would look for other things that might have caused the weight gain since both of these recipes are strict to what can be eaten in P2. Also make sure your hcg is fresh and kept refrigerated at all times as this will cause weight gain as well.

      • Stephanie April 18, 2012 at 3:36 am #

        I bought a new scale turns out zip only gained one pound. My injections stay in the fridge, I drank plenty of water. I did forget to eat my fruit but I don’t know why I would gain 🙁

        • Tammy April 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

          Stephanie, anything off protocol, even not eating all your stated foods each day, can cause stalls or weight gain. It seems like eating less would be good, but in this case, it isn’t!

  28. Stephanie April 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Good to know Tammy! Thanks! (14.8# & counting!!) 😀

  29. Debbie Lynne April 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    love it!

    • Tammy April 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

      Thank you Debbie!

  30. Phillip Kathy Hopper April 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm #


  31. Nancy Peterson Polasik May 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    We love this recipe…easy to make in large batches and freeze in portions to take for lunch.

  32. Carol May 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi Tammy,

    Thank you for the chili recipe. Can’t wait to try it. I have been reading all the post they have been talking about a cook book, where would I find it? would love to purchase it..


  33. Tammy May 21, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    Hi Carol,

    So glad you like the recipe! You can purchase the Cookbook on this website I also have a new HCG Diet Gourmet Coobook Vol 2 now available with 150 more recipes for the HCG Phase 2. All the best with your diet!

    Oh yes, you can also look it up by name and buy the book on Amazon. Versions are available for kindle, iPad, nook and Sony readers.

  34. Marci June 6, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Hi Tammy, Just wondering when vol 3 will be out? Does it have more Phase 3 recipes?

    • Tammy July 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

      Hi Marci, I’m working to finish it now. It will have some delicious Phase 3 recipes and some basic guidelines to help stabilize your weight during this time. Hope you like it! All the best with your diet!

  35. Ava August 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm #


    What do the symbols stand for that are next to the ingredients listed? Obviously I’ve just discovered you and your recipes and I’m the only person that doesn’t know. Can’t wait to try the chili! Thanks.

    • Tammy August 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Welcome Ava! I hope you will enjoy the articles and recipes here on my website. I don’t have any symbols next to the ingredients on the print book. Do you have a kindle version? I appreciate your feedback.

  36. Alijojo October 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Is the one veggie the equalivent to the 4 oz called for on this diet

    • HCGCookbook November 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      Dr. Simeons didn’t put a specific amount on his vegetable portions. Feel free to add more or less than 4 oz to any of my recipes!

  37. Chelle January 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    I made this with ground chicken breast and it was good too.

  38. Tisha January 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Hey Tammy is this chilli allowed for phrase 1 I’m still in phrase 1 and wanted to know if this is ok

    • Melissa_04 April 18, 2013 at 3:50 am #

      Phase 1 is the gorging. I think you mean phase 2. This is for phase 2.

  39. Derrick March 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi! I was wondering is this recipe was for one serving? If so, do I have to make it seperate everytime or can I double it for 2 servings?

    • Melissa_04 April 18, 2013 at 3:50 am #

      This is for one serving. Yes you can double for 2.

  40. Erin Gerrity April 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Hi. Just made your chili recipe. It was great. I added more onion and celery to it. I thought it was tasty for a diet recipe.

  41. Donna April 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    I added a little more water and it was delicious! Filled me up!!

  42. Helen July 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    I love this recipe. Delicious and I don’t feel likeI’m dieting when I have it. My Dr allows Miracle Noodles on Phase 2 so I add a 1/4 of a pack of noodles to each serving ((I make a batch of 4 servings at a time) and it makes this recipe even more filling. If you add the noodles DO NOT freeze the portions. The noodles do not reheat well from freezing.

  43. AM September 12, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    Fabulous recipe. Like some of the others, I added more water. Delish!!

  44. Denise March 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing. I’m only on Day 2, and I needed something a little more hearty today.

    • Tammy March 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

      Wonderful! Glad you like the recipe. It’s one of my favorites. Good luck with your diet, I know it will be great!

  45. Kristina February 14, 2016 at 11:36 pm #

    How much is a serving size of this chili?

    • Tammy February 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

      It’s 100 grams of ground or chopped beef with tomatoes. A single serving but you can make multiple servings at the same time and divide it up by the amount of beef you use. I often used about 400 grams of beef to make 4 servings.

  46. Stephanie September 18, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    II just ordered both cookbooks. I am on day 10 down 9 #. Are clams ok in phase 2?

    • Tammy September 20, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

      Enjoy the recipes! So proud of you! 9# down is a great result so far. No clams on Phase 2 I’m afraid. Clams can be enjoyed on HCG Phase 3 (Stabilization/Low Carb Phase lasting 3 weeks following HCG Phase2).

      Approved HCG Phase 2 seafood are: Fish, Shrimp, Crab meat, and Lobster.

  47. Allison August 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    An I use ground turkey instead of beef? P2

  48. Amy March 22, 2018 at 12:29 am #

    How does this qualify for P2? You have 2 veggies, Tomato & onions.

    • Tammy February 21, 2019 at 11:30 pm #

      I have included small amounts of onions as a spice. Most dieters don’t have a problem. If you notice any weight gain, discontinue or reduce the amount. It will still taste great!


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