Keto chili is the perfectly healthy version of everyone’s favorite comfort food. Tender ground beef and onions are simmered in a tomato and broth base to create this signature chili dish like no other.
What’s better than a dish that is easy and affordable to make and packed with nutrition that everyone positively loves? Nothing, keto chili is the winner!
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Not only is this the best chili recipe, it is also totally keto and completely in line with a low carb lifestyle! There are less carbs in chili made from meat and veggies than chile made with beans, but it still packs all the flavor!
This keto chili is a little different from the standard no bean chili and because beans are a keto no-no, there are still a lot of great ways to get a hearty, wholesome bowl of true comfort food in nearly no time!
A low carb chili doesn’t have to be bland or 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!
Don’t think this easy chili calls for carb-loaded corn bread or tortillas, either. Get creative and use bell peppers as bowls or bed of seasoned slaw.
How to Make Chili
Because this keto chili is bean-free, the meat is the real star. Make sure to get good quality beef. For extra flavor, brown that beef with the spices in a little leftover bacon grease (you save your bacon grease, don’t you? That’s a keto flavor rule for cooking so many things)!
Clear out the fridge of any leftover chicken, bacon or sausage, because this keto chili is all about easy and tasty!
The longer you simmer keto chili, the more the flavors will intensify. Your house will seriously smell amazing.
How to Thicken Keto Chili
In a regular chili recipe, the beans would act as the thickener and add a lot of healthy fiber. Beans are no bueno here. Got veg? Well, in this no bean chili recipe, the secret is pureed veggies!
Just chop and saute any combo of cauliflower, broccoli, kale or mushrooms in a little bacon grease until they are softened, then blend them up with an immersion blender, counter blender or food processor and add into the mix!
It’s a win-win flavor, fiber and nutrition combo. Any picky eaters will never know the difference!
Keto Chili Toppings
What are some keto chili toppings? Keep that chili tasty and colorful by topping it with sour cream, cheese, spring onions, black olives, bacon bits, avocado, jalapenos or pepperoncinis. Serve toppings in small bowls alongside your big, wonderful smelling pot of keto chili and let everyone create their own masterpiece!
As easy and quick this keto chili is to make, don’t forget to make an extra batch for the freezer! Simply reheat for a quick family dinner or freeze in smaller portions to take to work!
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper diced
- 1 small zucchini shredded
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 14 oz 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.
- Remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.