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Keto Chili

A delicious bean free chili made with grass fed beef. This healthy keto chili recipe is perfect for topping with cheese, avocado, and sour cream! Make extra and freeze this chili in individual portions for quick, low carb meals. 9 GRAMS NET CARBS PER SERVING (1 cup is 1 serving)
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef chili, keto chili, keto chili recipe, low carb chili, low carb chili recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 381kcal


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-3 teaspoons sea salt start with a small amount and add more to taste
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder know the heat of your chili powder before adding the full amount! Some powders are very spicy.
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 24 ounces strained tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 green bell peppers diced


  • In a large pot, add avocado oil, onions, and garlic, and saute over medium heat for about 7 minutes to soften.
  • In a large pot, add avocado oil, onions, and garlic, and saute over medium heat for about 7 minutes to soften.
  • Into the pot with the beef and onions, add the chopped bell peppers, chicken broth, salt and spices. Stir the mixture together so the peppers begin to cook.
  •  Add the strained tomatoes, and simmer the chili for about 30 minutes.
  • Once the chili has thickened, taste, and adjust the seasonings. More chili powder (or adding cayenne) will give it an extra kick of heat. It may also need more salt, depending on if your broth and tomatoes were salted.
  • Serve the chili hot, and top with cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, or green onions. See a longer list or keto chili topping suggestions below!



9g NET CARBS - 14 grams - 5 grams of fiber
Serving size = 1 cup
Add Veggie Power: I love this chili served over cauliflower rice, but you can also just stir 1-2 cups into the chili while it’s warming up. Also try chopped carrots or a few handfuls of greens like spinach or chopped kale.
Lower the Carbs: If your carb needs are really low, you can reduce the tomato puree to half the amount, since it is the only significant source of carbohydrates in this recipe.
Make it Family Friendly: I love meals that you can easily modify to satisfy the whole family. Once you have measured out portions for the keto or low carb eaters in your household, you can add a can of beans, or add some roasted sweet potato or butternut squash.
Add Healthy Carbs for Carb Cycling: Chop sweet potato or butternut squash in 1 inch cubes, and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 425º F for 25 minutes, until softened, before adding to the chili. Roasted the vegetables first brings out their sweetness rather than adding them directly to the pot and allowing them to simmer with the beef.
Quinoa is another great addition to chili for higher carb needs. Precook the quinoa and stir it in when serving.
Try these low carb toppings:
  • Cheese (we love cheddar)
  • Sour cream – use a full fat option, or plain 5% Greek yogurt
  • Avocado slices or Avocado Jicama Salsa
  • Herbs, like green onions or cilantro
  • Jalapeños
  • Salsa or hot sauce
  • Crunchy cheese chips (like Whisps)
  • Sliced olives
  • Bacon crumbles


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1464mg | Potassium: 1045mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2117IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 7mg