TODAY   |  October 21, 2013

The finalists of TODAY’s healthiest chili recipe contest

We’ve selected the finalists for our Too Good To Be Healthy chili recipe cookoff and invited Dawn Logterman, Christine Riccitelli and Abigail Widynski to share their winning recipes for a chance to be the grand prize winner.

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>>> back now with dishes too good to be healthy. we asked you to send us your chili recipes. we have the finalists here to compete for the prize.

>> they are here and leading us through the tasting today is joy bauer. good morning everybody. great to have you here.

>> you're in for a big treat. this is the most delicious segment of the morning and it's low calorie so there's no guilty whatsoever.

>> chili is perfect.

>> tell me what makes it so healthy.

>> it's green chili . it has a lot of peppers, jalapenos and to make it healthy i don't put the cheese and sour cream on top. instead, green onions and avocados.

>> you're going to decide who gets crowned the winner.

>> you put chicken on top.

>> a regular chili clocks in at 1,000 calories. this one for a bowl, 300 calories, 7 grams of fiber and 28 grams of protein.

>> 28 grams of protein.

>> all right. we'll cleanse the palate so we can move on.

>> wow, that's great.

>> well done.

>> thank you.

>> over here to christine 's recipe.

>> christine has a thai chili recipe.

>> i took one of my favorite low fat address piece and added peanut sauce to it.

>> there's everything thai inspired. it's delicious. he made it because she wanted to start cooking healthy for her new granddaughter just under a year and her bowl, 350 calories. 9 grams of fiber and 27 grams of protein.

>> how many iterations of this did you have to come up with.

>> only a couple of times.

>> i love it.

>> wow, what a show off.

>> i like the idea of the peanut butter in there.

>> that's terrific.

>> yeah, it's really delicious.

>> nice.

>> a bit of a kick at the end too.

>> we have now a vegetarian. this is called lean and mean chili and abigail conquered this because she is a vegetarian and she is allergic to gluten so this is cool. she adds it.

>> we saw the commercial.

>> is it really?

>> no.

>> it's a budweiser commercial.

>> it's definitely the most mispronounced food and also two different types of beans. red kidney beans and i love also that she adds a secret ingredient . it's unsweetened coco powder which delivers antioxidants that help to lower your blood pressure.

>> does your family love this too?

>> yes, they do.

>> are they vegetarian too?

>> no, i'm the only one.

>> any hardcore meat eater would eat this happy with a smile on their face.

>> and you put greek yogurt on top.

>> 305 calories.

>> 13 grams of fiber. could imagine in this bowl 13 grams of fiber.

>> wow.

>> and 20 grams of protein.

>> you know?

>> you're going to decide.

>> i'm going to decide.

>> you go ahead.

>> i have to go with christine 's thai turkey chili.

>> all amazing.

>> all the recipes are on

>> free quinoa for everybody.

>> thank you ladies. we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc. let's go