Low Carb Chili is a keto version of everyone’s favorite comfort food. Tender ground beef, vegetables, and onions are simmered in a rich tomato base. This easy stovetop no bean chili is great for dinner or lunch and the leftovers freeze well!

Serve this keto chili recipe along with some Keto biscuits, jalapeno poppers or a keto caesar salad for the ultimate low carb spread!

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Low Carb Chili

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This meat chili recipe is easy, affordable, packed with nutrition, and keto friendly. You don’t have to be following a keto diet or a low carb lifestyle to enjoy this dish, everyone in the family will love it!

  • Use any ground protein you’d like.
  • Low carb chili can be cooked in the slow cooker or Instant Pot as well.

How To Make Low Carb Chili

This stovetop method is super simple!

  1. Brown beef, onion, and garlic in a large pan or pot.
  2. Add peppers, zucchini, and chili powder. Cook till tender.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened.

The addition of tomato paste adds a zesty richness. We love chili powder but add in extra spices like cumin or smoked paprika if you’d like.

ingredients to make Low Carb Chili

How to Thicken Chili

In a regular chili recipe, the beans do help to thicken along with adding a lot of healthy fiber but, beans are no bueno here. So, in this no-bean chili recipe simmering uncovered is the secret to a great thick chili!

The longer you simmer, the more the flavors will intensify and the thicker the chili will be!

Shredded zucchini does add extra texture but you can also add cauliflower rice (or mashed cauliflower) or other vegetables to your liking.

process of adding ingredients to pot to make Low Carb Chili

Toppings for Low Carb Chili

This low carb chili recipe is anything but boring. In fact, as long as it fits in a keto way of eating, all kinds of chili ingredients can get tossed right in the pot or used as toppings!

Cheese – Experiment with a variety of cheeses to suit your taste! Sharp, medium or mild cheddar is popular, but mozzarella, Monterey or pepper jack cheeses are all delicious too.

Veggies – Keep that chili tasty and colorful by topping it with green onions, jalapenos, pepperoncini, black olives, tomatoes, and shredded lettuce.

Extras – Guacamole or mashed avocado, salsa, sour cream, bacon bits, shredded or diced chicken and ground sausage would all be delicious toppers for your chili!

Serve toppings in small bowls alongside your big, wonderful-smelling pot of keto chili, and let everyone create their own masterpiece! If you have non-keto guests or family members, include tortilla chips and beans to the mix!

Great Tips & Ideas!

  • Because this keto chili is bean-free, the meat is the real star! Make sure to purchase quality lean ground beef. For extra flavor, brown that beef with the spices and a little leftover bacon grease!
  • Don’t limit yourself to just ground beef for this meat chili recipe! Clear out the fridge and use leftover chicken, bacon or sausage, because this keto chili is all about easy and tasty!
  • Get creative when serving your chili! Use bell peppers as bowls or serve on a bed of seasoned slaw.
  • Don’t forget to make an extra batch for the freezer! Ladle into freezer bags and reheat for a quick family dinner or freeze in smaller portions to take to work or school!

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Low Carb Chili

Low Carb Chili is a low carb version of everyone's favorite comfort food. Tender ground beef and onions are simmered in a tomato, beef broth base to create a stovetop chili like no other.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • 1 small zucchini shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste


  • Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in a large saucepan until no pink remains.  Drain fat.
  • Stir in green peppers, zucchini, and chili powder. Cook until pepper begins to soften, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.



*Simmer chili on the stovetop to help thicken and intensify the flavors.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 759mg | Potassium: 1245mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1770IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American

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  1. This looks amazing and I plan to try it.! I, personally, will add black soy beans for texture. In chili, they taste like the real thing, without all the carbs.

  2. 16 carbs hard to believe is this correct? I would really like to try this recipe but am afraid of the number of carbs

    1. Hi Vicky, this recipe does have 16 carbs per serving. The majority of these are coming from the tomato products (a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes has approximately 16 carbs and a cup of tomato sauce has approximately 13 carbs). For the most accurate information I recommend using an online calculator such as MyFitnessPal.