How can you make this chili better for you? We suggest substituting the ground beef for ground turkey or even ground chicken. Otherwise, make sure to select leaner ground beef, which can be pricier so make sure to plan accordingly. Also try adding a hearty portion of chopped veggies, such as bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, or tomatillos. If you stay with original recipe, remove the rendered beef fat once the meat has had a chance to brown. This means a little bit more time and effort but each serving will also contain less fat and calories.