Fat burning spicy chili recipe for weight loss


Nagina Abdullah


August 13, 2018

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I grew up in a house where traditional Indian dishes (including all that spicy heat) were part of daily life. Even in the summer, my mom would make curries with cumin, black pepper and cayenne, or rice dishes with Serrano chilies and turmeric. Lately, to keep up the tradition, I’ve been making this spicy chili recipe. Yes! Even during the heatwave!

How can we stand it? Is my family completely crazy? Actually, we’re onto a little secret that I want to share with you: eating spicy food in hot weather actually helps cool you down!

Read on to find out why spicy food cools your body, how it helps burn up fat cells and reduce inflammation. Plus, get the spicy chili recipe I can’t stop making. I added a few MasalaBody touches to make sure you love it even more!

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Capsaicin, the chemical in chillies like serranos, jalapenos, and cayenne activates the receptors in your body that usually respond to hot temperatures. (1) This dilates your blood vessels and flushes your skin. You’ll feel warmth throughout your whole body.

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When this happens, it also triggers your sweat glands. Okay, so far it sounds like spicy food just makes you hotter. Here’s the key, sweating is your body’s function to cool you off. Sweating and its evaporating is a natural air conditioning system just for you.

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Sweat cools you down as it evaporates. So keep a ceiling or window fan on and have a glass of water handy, too. Sweating does dehydrate you, so you’ll want to keep the water flowing to stay hydrated. If you take it to work for lunch, make sure to fill up your BPA free water bottle before for go!

Chili for weight loss? Yes, please!

Spicy food also boosts fat burning! Capsaicin revs up your body’s ability to burn energy and transforms brown fat cells (which sit stubbornly on your thighs or belly) into the easier-to-burn white fat cells that light up like tinder with less effort. (2) The hotter the peppers, the more capsaicin they contain and the more fat-torching power.

Does it have to be painfully hot? No! If this sounds awful to you, don’t worry. You don’t have to make spicy food painfully hot to get the benefits. Just a little extra heat starts these reactions in your body.

Garlic is another spice that’s also incredible for weight loss because it’s highly anti-inflammatory. It’s not hot spicy, but it has a strong robust flavor and it’s in this chili recipe!

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Best Spicy Chili Recipe for Weight Loss

This spicy chili recipe is perfect for either hot or cold weather. If you’re reading this during the colder months, don’t worry, spicy food doesn’t won’t make you colder. It’s the combination of heat in the air and spicy food that really makes you sweat and cool off.

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Think about it! Most people who live in hot climates eat spicy food. This is why! Here’s my spicy chili recipe to help you chill out this summer.

Fat Burning Spicy Crockpot Chili Recipe

This simple spicy chili recipe from AllRecipes has been in my crock pot a lot lately. If you don’t already know, I’m a huge fan of crock pot meals because they’re so simple and hands-off.

I added some cumin and vegetarian alternatives for more taste and options.

Spicy Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef (or same amount soy crumbles OR 1 cup black whole lentils as a vegetarian alternative)
  • 2 16 ounce (454 grams) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained (Look for BPA-free cans)
  • 2 14.5 ounce (411 grams) cans diced tomatoes, drained (Look for BPA-free cans)
  • 1 8 ounce (227 grams) can tomato sauce (Look for BPA-free cans)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (option to replace with jalapeno pepper for more heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste for more heat)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground beef. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.
  • Combine ground beef, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours, or high for 4 hours.
  • Garnish each serving with optional cheddar cheese.
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Nagina Sethi Abdullah, BA, MBA

Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for middle-aged women and professionals. She coaches women to boost their metabolism naturally, shed pounds and keep them off. Her work with weight loss clients led to the creation of Masala Body, an online weight loss platform that provides an easy and accessible system that helps women sustainably lose weight. She has helped over 1200 women successfully lose from 10-80 lbs and create a sustainable lifestyle change. Nagina earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

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