Best Easy Keto Chili Ever

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This Mouthwatering Best Easy Keto Chili recipe is full of incredible bold flavor. Hearty, filling, and delicious, it is loaded with ground beef, diced peppers, minced garlic, and onion, then seasoned with spices that create a rich depth of flavor.

low carb chili in a white bowl garnished with cheese

Keto Chili: Easy, Delicious, & Low Carb

During summer’s blistering summer, I dream about those crisp fall days. I love everything about fall, including cozy bonfires, leaves changing colors, cooler weather, and fall foods, like chili and pumpkin everything. Fall signals college football season, which makes my hubby and kiddos very happy as Ohio State Fans. Of course, I had to come up with a keto chili recipe that everyone would love.

HOW TO MAKE CHILI KETO-FRIENDLY

Unless you are from Texas and already eat chili without beans, most traditional chili recipes aren’t keto-friendly due to the high carb content of beans. But, like many recipes, it can be tweaked to make a low-carb chili that is mouthwateringly delicious. This keto chili recipe has no beans, so it is a perfect dish for my family to eat while watching my hubby’s beloved Buckeyes play football on Saturdays. It’s thick and delicious! You can also check out my Keto White Chicken Chili recipe.

Since my kids don’t follow a strict keto diet, I often cook beans in a separate pot on the stove. Then, when the low-carb chili is done, I can add a spoonful or two of beans to my kids’ chili.

Ingredients:

  • Ground Beef– I use 80/20 beef for this recipe, but you can use whichever kind you like. I always brown my meat before to reduce cook time.
  • Rotel Tomatoes– These spicy diced tomatoes with green chilis add the perfect amount of kick to your keto chili.
  • Crushed Tomatoes – Part of the base of this low-carb chili recipe
  • Diced O – adds a bit of heartiness and added flavor
  • Beef Broth – Adds more flavor than water.
  • Spices – Don’t
  • Red Pepper Flakes & Hot Sauce (Optional) – turn the heat up a notch if you like your chili to have a spicy kick

Steps to Making Keto Chili:

ground beef, onions, green peppers, and garlic in a pot to saute

Step 1: Brown the ground beef, green peppers, onions, and garlic together first over medium-high heat in a large skillet or pan.

Tip: As I have mentioned before, I always brown my ground beef ahead of time, which reduces the cooking time, and makes cooking meals like keto chili so much easier. You can find this and other time-saving tips in 5 Easy Keto Meal Prep Ideas. If you use ground beef already browned, you’ll want to saute the bell pepper, onions, and garlic cloves in a little olive oil before adding the browned ground beef to the pot.

browned ground beef in a pot

Step 2: Drain (if desired) and return to the saucepan.

ground beef with spices for Keto Chili

Step 3: Add all other ingredients to the ground beef mixture and bring to a boil. If you decide to add the optional butter, you would add it now. It will add a little extra fat and flavor to the chili.

low carb chili in the pot on a wooden spoon

Step 4: Reduce to low heat and simmer uncovered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until chili reaches desired thickness. If desired, top each bowl with sour cream, grated cheese, and jalapenos.

Tip: This chili recipe is so thick and hearty. If you prefer a chili that is not quite as thick, add more beef broth until it reaches the desired thickness. I typically like mine a little thinner, while my hubby prefers his nice and thick.

How to Thicken Keto Chili?

The best way to thicken this keto chili is to bring it to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer it with the lid off. As it simmers, the liquid evaporates, thickening the chili. Make sure you stir it occasionally. Simple, right?

How Many Carbs Are in a Bowl of Chili?

This recipe makes eight servings, with seven net carbs per serving. No guilt here! I did not measure for an exact serving size. Instead, I divided the low-carb chili evenly.

If you’re looking for a great meal, do yourself a favor and make this quick, easy, low-carb, keto chili. It is incredible…savory, filling, and so delicious! Best of all, it’s easy to make. When I have an evening commitment, this is one of my hubby’s go-to’s for dinner because it’s so easy to fix, and the kids love it.

bowl of chili with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and jalepeños

What to Eat with Low Carb Chili

What could be more perfect with a delicious bowl of chili than a chaffle? I also made my keto cheese crackers, and they paired perfectly. Another option is keto cornbread. We typically keep it simple and make a salad with it, as this low-carb chili recipe is so hearty.

How to Store Keto Chili

I love to make twice as much as the recipe calls for as it makes for an easy lunch the next day. Chili should last for three to four days in the fridge in an airtight container. You can freeze the cooked chili in freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags for up to six months. If you freeze the chili in individual containers, you can pull one out whenever you want a delicious bowl of home-cooked keto chili.

keto chili in a bowl with a bite on a spoon

Are Kidney Beans Keto?

As I mentioned, bean chili is loaded with carbs. A half-cup of canned dark kidney beans contains 24 carbs per serving with 5 grams of fiber, making them 19g of net carbs per serving. Half a cup of kidney beans would take up almost an entire day’s allotment of carbs for those following a keto lifestyle. Also, kidney beans are legumes, which most people avoid on the keto diet, with one exception.

What Beans Are Keto-Friendly?

Most people eating keto avoid beans because of their abundant starch and carb content. However, the exception is green beans at only 2g of net carbs per half-cup. Some people add green beans to their chili to add a little bulk to it to remind them of beans. To make keto-friendly chili, leave out the standard chili beans.

Are Tomatoes Allowed on the Keto Diet?

While tomatoes contain natural sugar, they are relatively low in carbs and high in fiber. They can be enjoyed in moderation on a low-carb diet. Keep in mind that the carbs in the tomatoes’ are spread over many servings in this recipe.

I used diced tomatoes with green chilis (or Rotel) and crushed tomatoes in this recipe. If you don’t enjoy chunks of tomatoes, you can toss a can of whole tomatoes in a blender to make tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes.

Variations to this recipe:

  • Crock-Pot Option: Most of the time, I make my chili on the stovetop, but if you prefer, you can use a slow cooker. Add your browned beef and other ingredients to the crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours you may want to reduce the beef broth as it won’t cook down in the crockpot like it would on the stove.
  • Bring on the Heat: If you like your chili hot, you can always add jalapeños, hot sauce, crushed red peppers, or more chili powder to this chili keto recipe.
  • Instant Pot Keto Chili Version: If you love cooking in the Instant Pot, check out this Instant Pot Keto Chili Recipe.
  • Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or ground sausage
  • Add additional seasonings such as oregano and paprika.
  • A tablespoon of tomato paste can add a bit of boldness to the flavor
  • Add additional veggies like riced cauliflower, green beans, zucchini, and red bell peppers, to name a few options
  • A tablespoon of salsa adds a nice bit of added flavor

Topping Ideas for Low Carb Chili:

  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Freshly Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sliced avocados
  • Chives
  • Jalapenos
  • Hot Sauce
  • Avocado

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bowl of Keto Chili with shredded cheese on top
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Delicious & Hearty Keto Low Carb Chili

The Best Keto Chili recipe ever is hearty, delicious, and full of incredible bold flavor.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American, casual
Keyword: Keto Chili
Servings: 8
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs 80/20 ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 10 oz can Rotel Tomatoes
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 28 oz beef broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce optional
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped optional
  • 3 tbsp butter optional

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef, onions, green peppers (optional), and minced garlic in a large saucepan.
  • Drain the ground beef mixture (if desired), then return to the saucepan.
  • Add all other ingredients to the ground beef mixture and bring to a boil. If you decide to add the optional butter, you would add it now. It will add a little extra fat and flavor to the chili.
  • Reduce to low heat and simmer uncovered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until chili reaches desired thickness.
  • If desired top each bowl with sour cream, grated cheese, and jalapenos.

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Notes

Variations to this recipe:

  • Crockpot Option: Most of the time, I make my chili on the stovetop, but if you prefer, use a slow cooker. Add your browned beef and other ingredients to the crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours; you want to reduce the beef broth as it won’t cook down in the crockpot like it would on the stove.
  • Bring on the Heat: If you like your chili hot, you can always add jalapeños, hot sauce, crushed red peppers, or more chili powder to this chili keto recipe.
  • Instant Pot Keto Chili Version: If you love cooking in the Instant Pot, check out this Instant Pot Keto Chili Recipe.
  • Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or ground sausage
  • Add additional seasonings such as oregano and paprika.
  • A tablespoon of tomato paste can add a bit of boldness to the flavor
  • Add additional veggies like riced cauliflower, green beans, zucchini, and red bell peppers, to name a few options
  • A tablespoon of salsa adds a nice bit of added flavor

Topping Ideas for Low Carb Chili:

  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Freshly Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sliced avocados
  • Chives
  • Jalapenos
  • Hot Sauce
  • Avocado

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 6mg
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Make sure to check out all of my Low Carb Recipes in my Keto Recipe Index.

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75 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I hate curry but it works in this! I have never really like chili, not a big bean fan unless they are long skinny & green. Chili without beans it a favorite for me & I just heat a can of chili beans up for my husband who thinks he needs them. I used to do the dried bean route but if I am not going to eat them I figure he will live with the canned kind. This recipe is so good, I make chili burgers & chili dogs with it, never thought of using a chaffle with it but I’m going to give it a shot! Thanks for a great recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Soooooo good! I made it in my crockpot so it is thinner like I like it. I added a bag of frozen riced cauliflower and a drained can of black soybeans. Delicious!!

  3. I would like to try this recipe – looks great!
    In your picture there are green peppers but they are not mentioned in the ingredients list. How much green pepper did you use?
    Thanks

  4. 4 stars
    So easy to make, full of flavor! I thought I would miss having the kidney beans but not at all! This was a very filling chili that even my guys loved! Thank you!

  5. You mention cooking green peppers with the ground beef and onions, but I don’t see the green peppers listed in the ingredients. How much should be added?

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