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First-Place Low-Carb Chili

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Low-carb chili that’s so good it won a non-keto chili cookoff! Big on flavor, low on carbs, and kid friendly. Perfect for chili dogs, keto cornbread, and nachos.

Low carb chili that's so good it won a non-keto chili cookoff! Big on flavor, low on carbs, and kid friendly. Perfect for chili dogs, keto cornbread, and nachos.

Who doesn’t love a good chili recipe? One thing I’ve learned about chili over the years is that it’s kind of like BBQ. Every region of the country has their specialty and they stick to it. Loyalty, I like it.

Wouldn’t it be fun to travel around the nation on a big ‘ol chili journey? Food + travel = heaven! Those are my retirement goals: eat my way around the world. 

The great thing about chili is that it’s so versatile! It’s comforting, warm, and perfect for game days! Plus, chili is one of the easiest and least expensive meals you can make and it’s packed with flavor!

Before we started eating keto, I fixed chili all the time. In true “Southern grandma” fashion, I never measured any ingredients, but the chili always tasted SO good.

And get this: I adapted my OG chili “recipe” to make it low-carb once we started following keto. Then, I entered it into a chili cook-off and I WON!!! This chili took FIRST PLACE among a bunch non-keto chili eaters. Can you believe that? It’s so good no one knew it was healthy!

Low carb chili that's so good it won a non-keto chili cookoff! Big on flavor, low on carbs, and kid friendly. Perfect for chili dogs, keto cornbread, and nachos.

What Can I Serve With This Chili?

I 86’d the beans because you know, keto, but I don’t think you’ll miss them. I like to serve chili on top of hot dogs with a little mustard and onion. We also make pork rind nachos and load it up with cheese, sour cream, black olives, and jalapeños. Most often, I serve it with my famous (no seriously, it’s a viral one) Keto Cornbread!

Low carb chili that's so good it won a non-keto chili cookoff! Big on flavor, low on carbs, and kid friendly. Perfect for chili dogs, keto cornbread, and nachos.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 oz chopped onion (about 1/2 onion)
  • 3.5 oz chopped green bell pepper (about 1 pepper)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp cumin
  • 1.5 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the peppers and onions in the butter until they begin to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Break up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Cook until no longer pink, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spices to the beef mixture and stir to coat.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the crockpot. Drain grease if desired.
  5. Add the tomatoes and water to the pot. Stir to combine.
  6. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
  7. If using an Instant Pot, you may complete the sauté steps in the pot on sauté mode. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes and quick-release the steam.
  8. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream if desired.
Keto cornbread that is just as good as the real thing, but grain free! At only 1NC per serving, your soup and chili won't be lonely this fall!

FAQs

Can this be made on the stove?

For sure, it can. Complete steps 1 through 3 in a stockpot. After completing steps 4 and 5, simmer the chili for 2 hours on low, stirring occasionally.

Would this be lower in carbohydrates if you used no sugar tomatoes, or does this particular brand of tomatoes use less sugar?

Crushed tomatoes do not have added sugar in them. The only way to lower the net carbs would be to use fewer tomatoes but you’re going to lose a lot of flavor in doing so.

I’d like to double this, but I only have one can of crushed tomatoes. Could I use tomato puree or diced tomatoes for the second can? Or would that not turn out right?

Hi! I would probably just use a can of diced tomatoes, or even RoTel tomatoes. 🙂 You may need to add some extra liquid to it though.

Low carb chili that's so good it won a non-keto chili cookoff! Big on flavor, low on carbs, and kid friendly. Perfect for chili dogs, keto cornbread, and nachos.

How To Store The Chili

If you have leftover chili, you can freeze it in bags and stock your freezer for later this winter. This recipe also makes for a great meal prep option too! It will stay fresh in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for several months. Make a double batch to save some for later!

Low carb chili that's so good it won a non-keto chili cookoff! Big on flavor, low on carbs, and kid friendly. Perfect for chili dogs, keto cornbread, and nachos.

First Place Low Carb Chili

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Low carb chili that's so good it won a non-keto chili cookoff! Big on flavor, low on carbs, and kid friendly. Perfect for chili dogs, keto cornbread, and nachos.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 ounces chopped onion (about 1/2 onion)
  • 3.5 ounces chopped green bell pepper (about 1 pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1.5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the peppers and onions in the butter until they begin to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Break up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Cook until no longer pink, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spices to the beef mixture and stir to coat.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the crockpot. Drain grease if desired.
  5. Add the tomatoes and water to the pot. Stir to combine.
  6. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
  7. If using an Instant Pot, you may complete the sauté steps in the pot on sauté mode. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes and quick release the steam.
  8. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream if desired.

Notes

This chili may also be made on the stove. Complete steps 1 through 3 in a stockpot. After completing steps 4 and 5, simmer the chili for 2 hours on low, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 11.6gCarbohydrates: 10.5gFiber: 3.3gProtein: 11.9g

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Sandie

Saturday 15th of October 2022

This is some seriously great chili (especially after I added some super hot peppers), it’s hard to believe it’s low carb with that much tomatoes in it, but I’m trusting your numbers!

Sandie

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

@Ketoinpearls, making it for my family’s chili Cookoff this weekend!

Ketoinpearls

Sunday 16th of October 2022

Glad you liked it Sandie!

Betsy

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

This is absolutely delicious! I cooked it on the stove and the flavor is outstanding! Thank you for posting this recipe.

Ketoinpearls

Monday 3rd of October 2022

Awesome, thanks for letting me know Betsy

Cindy

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

I'd like to double this, but I only have one can of crushed tomatoes. Could I use tomato puree or diced tomatoes for the second can? Or would that not turn out right?

Anna Hunley

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Hi! I would probably just use a can of diced tomatoes, or even RoTel tomatoes. :) You may need to add some extra liquid to it though.

Krista Hopkins

Sunday 8th of September 2019

This is a family favorite!! My husband was so happy I found this recipe, we love making bunless chili dogs with this!! So so good!!!

Marilyn Mayhew

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Would this be lower in carbohydrates if you used no sugar tomatoes, or does this particular brand of tomatoes use less sugar?

Anna Hunley

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Crushed tomatoes do not have added sugar in them. The only way to lower the net carbs would be to use less tomatoes but you're going to lose alot of flavor in doing so.

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