What exactly does a cup of homemade chili weigh?

cupofchiliIt can be frustrating to people, such as myself, when I’m looking up the nutritional information on a recipe like chili only to see that their unit of measure is something called a cup. I decided to find out for myself….

OK, first off a definition on what a US cup measure is defined as;

The cup currently used in the United States for nutrition labeling is defined in United States law as 240 ml.

1 U.S. “legal” cup =




international tablespoons


Australian tablespoons


U.S. customary fluid ounces


imperial fluid ounces

In terms of a cup of plain water, I found it to weigh in at about 231 grams. OK then, so what is a cup of my homemade chili? Let’s take a look at the ingredients I use to make a simple bean and meat chili;

1 lb ground beef (80% – 20% mix)

1 onion, chopped (as a topping for when you eat)

1 can petite diced tomatoes, 8 oz

1 can red kidney beans, drained

14 grams of Williams chili mix (per lb ground beef)

1 tsp Olive oil

I weighed a ‘cup’ of this chili using a standard glass measuring cup and came up with 234 grams or just about the same as with using water! As there were about 247 calories in that cup – I then came up with a figure of 1.06 grams per calorie…. Note: This number flies in the face of the more common number of 2 calories per gram…

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who currently resides in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy blogging and politics. I received my degree from SIU majoring in Biology in 1972 and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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