Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  362
  • Protein  26 g
  • Carbohydrates  30 g
  • Fat  15 g
  • Cholesterol  69 mg
  • Sodium  389 mg
  • Potassium  559 mg
  • Phosphorus  205 mg
  • Calcium  43 mg
  • Fiber  3.3 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Since this chili has 559 mg potassium it is important not to exceed the 1-1/2 cup portion size. To complete your meal you may want to include low sodium crackers, a roll or slice of bread.

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Firehouse Chili
dcalsip4 says:

This is a good chili. How does the nutrient value change if the macaroni is omitted? Dietitian comment: Here's the nutrient content without the macaroni (per serving): Calories 350 pro 22g fat 15g cholesterol 69 mg carbs 8 g sodium 388 mg potassium 528 mg phosphorus 164 mg calcium 38 mg fiber 2.1g. You can also use the Creations feature in DaVita Diet helper to enter recipe ingredients to customize to your preferences.

Aug. 18, 2017, 7:58 AM
Firehouse Chili
Grand05gk says:

This looks good but I'm noticing recipes like this with tomatoes; we were told to avoid them in watching potassium & phosphorus? Dietitian comment: Most people on a kidney diet can include small amounts of tomatoes, beans or other ingredients that are high in potassium and/or phosphorus and still stay within their daily nutrient goals. The number one consideration is how are your personal lab results. Next, consider portion size and frequency. When in doubt ask your dietitian for additional guidance. Use DaVita Diet Helper ( to create a complete meal around this recipe and see how it works into your plan.

Feb. 02, 2017, 11:36 AM
Firehouse Chili
cmserfoss says:

I'm a little frightened to make this as we have been told over and over that we cannot have tomatoes. Please help. Dietitian comment: If potassium control is not a problem this recipe may fit into your plan. It's under 600 mg potassium, and can be paired with cranberry juice and a low potassium dessert. For a lower potassium diet 1/3 of the daily limit is 650 to 850 mg per meal. Please consult your dietitian for individualized recommendations on including this recipe.

Jan. 17, 2017, 5:57 AM
Firehouse Chili
SoNew2this says:

Sounds pretty good. May I use one cup of Rotel tomatoes instead of the Mexican style tomatoes? Dietitian comment: Yes the 2 products are very similar.

Sep. 30, 2015, 12:59 PM
Firehouse Chili
lafferty4 says:

My husband has now made this for me 6 times. It is our emergency go to meal because he can cook it quickly and have leftovers for a pre-dialysis lunch since I'm on 3rd dialysis shift. We did some substituting. In stead of the 1 cup Mexican-style stewed tomatoes with jalapeno peppers and spices, we used the low sodium Hunts diced tomatoes. In stead of 2 cups spiral macaroni, cooked , we used white rice.

Nov. 12, 2014, 8:29 AM
Firehouse Chili
suepers says:

This was good, but next time I think I will use diced tomatoes instead of the stewed tomatoes. I just didn't break them down small enough. I will also add more spices as previous reviewers did.

Aug. 28, 2014, 8:28 AM
Firehouse Chili
teenafrese says:

Can I serve this dish over white rice instead. If so how do my nutritional numbers change. Dietitian Comment: If you substitute 1/2 cup of cooked white rice the carbohydrate will be about 8 grams more per serving and about 30 additional calories. The sodium, potassium and phosphorus change only slightly.

Mar. 04, 2013, 1:19 PM
Firehouse Chili
MGD2Lite says:

IF you reduced the serving size to 1 cup or 1 and a quarter cups instead of 1.5 cups, would it then be CKD safe? What if you only used 1 pound of meat instead of 1 & 1/4 pounds to start with? What about Ground Chicken breast or Turkey instead of Beef? THanks! Moderator: Yes, if you reduce portion size or use half the meat in the recipe the protein, potassium, and phosphorus are lower. If you substitute groud turkey or chicken you should still decrease the amount.

Jun. 18, 2012, 11:45 AM
Firehouse Chili

We thought this was a great meal. I do make my own Mexican seasoning blend that is salt free and added that as well as a little extra garlic. This one is a keeper!

Jan. 19, 2009, 4:39 PM
Firehouse Chili

My husband loved this chili. He didn't even miss having beans in it. My son who always salts everything that I make for my Husband said that it had enough zip that it didn't need any. The one change I made was to brown the meat with Mrs. Dash Southwest Blend and that added more heat.

Sep. 24, 2008, 9:52 AM

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