The Absolute BEST Low Carb Chili Recipe (No Bean Chili) (2024)

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Celebrate Game Day with this hearty Beef Chili Recipe. This Low Carb Chili is full of flavor, perfect for warming you up on cold winter days, and is especially great for a potluck party.

You can stick to your low carb/keto plan, and no one will know your chili is low carb!

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Table of Contents

  • Why you need to try this No Bean Chili Recipe
  • Why I Love This Low Carb Chili
  • Ingredients at a Glance
  • Tips and Tricks for Serving to Non-Low Carbers:
  • Crock-Pot Instructions
  • Freezing Instructions
  • How Many Carbs in this Chili
  • More Low Carb Recipes
  • Recipe Card

The Best Low Carb Chili for Game Day (or any day)!

It’s January, and you know what that means… Football and game day parties!

We moved into a smaller temporary home and aren’t planning a big party this year. (I say “temporary,” but, it’s already been eight months, and we have at least eight more months to go… I’ll tell you more in another post.) So for the Big Game, we’re keeping our guest list small.

I’ll be cooking up all sorts of low-carb appetizers, including this beef chili recipe.

The good thing about small get-togethers is it’s so much easier to get ready for. A few snacks, plus this Low Carb Chili recipe is all you need. Our guests will bring their favorite chips and dips, so everybody gets the foods they love.

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Why you need to try this No Bean Chili Recipe:

When it comes to Chili Recipes, I’ve always been a “beans in my chili recipe” type girl, but since I’m trying to stick to my lower-carb/keto eating plan right now, I need a low carb chili recipe option!

  • This no-bean chili recipe is great for gatherings and is perfect for the low-carbers and regular-carbers alike! The chili is so flavorful; I promise you won’t even miss the beans!
  • This chili recipe is mild, which is how the kids and I like our chili. However, my hubby likes a bit of kick to his food. The beauty of this recipe is that you can add as much heat as you like. For my hubby, he adds a pinch of cayenne and tops his bowl with jalapenos
  • It really hits the spot when it’s cold out and it’s a perfect dish for low carb eaters and their non-low carb eating friends! (Because who doesn’t love chili?)
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Why I Love This Low Carb Chili:

You would think a commercially prepared, ready-to-eat, no bean chili would be naturally low carb, but have you ever checked out the nutrient info on the back of a can of chili?

Hormel No Bean Beef Chili, for example, (which I have always enjoyed) has 19 grams of carbs per serving. That’s a lot of carbs!

My low carb chili recipe is a delicious keto chili that cuts the carbs down to around 6 net carbs per serving. Those carbs are coming from the tomatoes, onions, and peppers, but I don’t recommend leaving them out as they add a lot of flavor to the chili.

A reader even left me a comment that they won “best mild chili” with this recipe at their office chili cook-off! Yay!

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Ingredients Needed to Make this Chili Recipe:

Want to give this low carb chili recipe a shot? You won’t regret it! These are the ingredients: (At a glance- grab the full list and printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

  • Ground Beef | Just 1 pound, but you can double or triple this recipe with no problem. I prefer leaner ground beef so there will be less fat to drain off.
  • Produce | Bell pepper (your favorite color) and an onion.
  • Pantry items: diced green chiles (I always use canned), tomato sauce, beef broth, tomato paste
  • Spices | Cumin, celery salt, chili powder, salt, and pepper (you could cheat and just use twotbs of a chili spice mix in place of the4 spices.) Worcestershire sauce.

How to Make Low Carb Chili:

You’ll love how easy this low carb chili recipe is to make!

Just brown your meat, toss in the onion, bell pepper, chiles, and tomato products, plus the spices, and let it simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.

The longer it simmers, the less liquid-y it will be, plus it helps the flavor meld together! You also have the option to kick up the spiciness by adding a pinch or two of cayenne. Since we feed this to the kids, I always leave out the extra spice.

Tips and Tricks for Serving to Non-Low Carbers:

Is not everyone in your family or friend group into low carb or keto? To keep everyone happy and satisfied I do have a few tricks I use when serving this chili to the family.

  • Since beans are actually good for you, and they are one of the few veggies my son will eat without complaint, I will heat up a can of pre-seasoned chili beans and add about a quarter cup to the bottom of the kid’s bowls. (or just serve them on the side, and guests can add however much they want. I then top the beans with the chili, cheese, and whatever other toppings they want.
  • Another option is to precook several baked potatoes and offer the option of a chili cheese baked potato. You might be surprised how many will go for this option when offered.
  • The third option is to just make another recipe, lol. I have two great chili recipe alternatives: Panera Turkey Chili (copycat version) and a Slow Cooker Beef Chili (with beans).

Options 1 and 2 work perfectly and help the chili go further, too!

Can I Make this Low Carb Chili Recipe in a Crock-Pot?

Yes, of course! This chili is great in the slow cooker too.

I love my crockpot for dishes like this. This chili recipe works perfectly in the slow cooker for days you know you’ll have a good 8 hours away from the kitchen. Nothing better than coming home tired and hungry and having an on-plan hot meal waiting for you.

To make this easy low carb chili in the crockpot, you will need to saute the garlic, peppers, and onions in with the ground beef before adding them to the slow cooker. Once that’s done though, you just toss everything into the crockpot for 8 hours on low.

If at the end of the 8 hours, your chili is still too liquidy, you can remove the lid and let it simmer for another 30 minutes to an hour to help the liquid cook out.

Can You Freeze This Low Carb Chili Recipe?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this Chili. Let chili cool significantly, and package it up into smaller servings in a freezer bag, taking care to remove all the air from the bag. Then when ready to eat, microwave it on medium power until defrosted. Transfer to a bowl and continue to heat until warmed through.

How Many Carbs are in Chili:

The carb count in chili recipes will vary from chili to chili based on the ingredients used. If you are trying to stick to a strict low-carb plan, you definitely don’t want to use a commercially prepared no-bean chili. (Wolf Brand no-bean chili has 18 carbs per serving!)

My low carb chili recipe, prepared as directed below, has 8 carbs and 2 grams of fiber (so if you follow the net carb idea, that’s only 6 carbs!)

Most of the carbs come from the tomato sauce, peppers, and onions.

(Important tip: I don’t recommend lowering the amount of any of these ingredients as they really contribute to the flavor.)

More LOW CARB Recipes You Might Like:

  • Low Carb Chili Dog Casserole
  • Low Carb Enchilada Soup
  • Avocado and Bacon Chicken Salad
  • Beer Marinated Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
  • Favorite Broccoli Salad Recipe

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Low Carb Chili Recipe

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 75 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: chili
  • Method: stovetop
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This low carb chili has all the classic chili flavors you love, but without the beans (so it’s low in carbs.) It’s hearty, flavorful and perfect for those cold winter nights.



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 large bell pepper (your favorite color)
  • about 1 cup onion, diced (use more if you like sauteed onion)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt (You could cheat and just use 2 tbs of a chili spice mix in place of the 4 spices above.)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 4 oz can dicedgreen chiles
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbs tomato paste


  1. Combine the ground beef, onions, bell peppers and garlic in large frying pan and sauté until ground beef is browned. Drain fat.
  2. Add spices, Worcestershire, diced green chiles, tomato sauce, tomato paste and broth to the pan. stir to combine and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Give chili a taste, add additional cumin, chili powder and additional cayenne if desired.


  • Serving Size: 1/5 of recipe
  • Calories: 316
  • Sugar: 5
  • Fat: 16
  • Carbohydrates: 8
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 33

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What is a good low-carb substitute for beans in chili? ›

Here are some options:
  • Cauliflower: You can chop cauliflower into small pieces to mimic the texture of beans. ...
  • Zucchini: Another low-carb vegetable that can be used as a bean replacement is zucchini. ...
  • Mushrooms: Mushrooms are another option for adding bulk and texture to chili.
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How many carbs are in chili with no beans? ›

Chili without beans, with meat, homemade (1 cup) contains 12.8g total carbs, 8.1g net carbs, 10.6g fat, 16.6g protein, and 206 calories.

Can you eat chili on a low-carb diet? ›

Classic bean-based chili is not keto-friendly, as beans are high in carbohydrates. Luckily you can still make a keto-friendly chili without the beans. All of the traditional chili spices, such as chili powder, ground cumin and smoked paprika, are great flavor-boosters for keto foods.

What is chili called without beans? ›

No bean chili, also known as Texas chili or Chile con carne, is a spicy stew made without any beans. It traditionally contains meat (usually ground beef), tomatoes, peppers, onions, aromatics and flavorful spices.

What is a good replacement for beans in chili? ›

Other legumes can be used in place of beans. The benefits of these are the similar taste and texture. Try red or green lentils or split peas instead of beans for a hearty chili full of fiber.

Why is chili so high in carbs? ›

Traditional chili recipes usually include beans, which are high in carbs and not very keto-friendly. However, you can easily make a keto-friendly version of chili by replacing the beans with low-carb vegetables like bell peppers and zucchini. You can also add some ground beef or pork for protein and healthy fats.

Is chili healthier with or without beans? ›

Bring On the Beans

But for health purposes, you don't want to skip them—whether you're using them in place of or in addition to meat. Adding just 1 cup of beans to your recipe adds about 15 grams of protein, up to 15 grams of fiber, plus potassium, folate, and other nutrients.

Which bean is lowest in carbs? ›

Highest and Lowest Carb Beans

Among these, black soybeans and green beans have the lowest carbs, potentially making them better for a keto diet. On the other hand, chickpeas, pinto beans, and navy beans have high carbs. You might want to avoid these if you're strictly following a keto diet.

Can you eat hot dogs on keto? ›

Hot Dogs Are Keto-Friendly

Hot dogs are made with ingredients that are naturally low in carbs. An average hot dog is about 1.73 grams of total carbs. As for the bun, you can't have a conventional bun in order to follow the keto diet. The average hot dog bun will cost you 24.3 grams of total carbs.

Is peanut butter OK on keto? ›

Peanut butter can definitely be part of a keto diet, but it's best to stick to plain options that are free of extra flavors and sweeteners. Almond butter is a good choice, too, and it's slightly lower in carbs. Additionally, you should be mindful of your portion size if you're trying to lose weight.

Is celery good for keto? ›

Celery sticks are a low calorie, low carb food that a person can eat while following a keto diet. According to the USDA , 110 g of celery — or about nine celery sticks — contains around 3 g of carbs. Celery sticks are excellent choices for dipping in nut butters, such as unsweetened peanut or almond butter.

What not to put in chili? ›

Beans and non-vegetable fillers such as rice and pasta are not allowed." If that sounds a bit uptight, the ICS's Homestyle Chili competition defines chili as: "any kind of meat, or combination of meats, and/or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers, various spices, and other ingredients.

Why do Texans make chili without beans? ›

If you go pretty much anywhere in Texas you will find chili ingredients simple and rarely differing: meat, sauce, peppers and spices. Carol Hanco*ck, President and CEO of the International Chili Society, told Texas Living there is a specific reason why Texas chili contains no beans: it's tradition.

Why do people make chili without beans? ›

No-beans side argue that beans distract your mouth from the beef and spices that chili is supposed to showcase. Texans in particular are likely to reject beans; in fact, the no-bean version is often referred to as Texas chili.

What is a good keto substitute for beans? ›

  • Mushrooms. Cooked mushrooms are low in carbs and calories and can be used in place of beans in soups, stews, and chili to drastically reduce their carb counts.
  • Eggplant. Like mushrooms, diced eggplant can be used to replace beans in certain recipes. ...
  • Avocado. ...
  • Ground meat. ...
  • Boiled peanuts.
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What can I use instead of beans for keto? ›

Most beans are too high in carbohydrates for the keto diet, but some may be a good fit — namely, green beans, lupin beans, and black soybeans. You can also consider some alternatives to beans for recipes like chili and soup, such as mushrooms, eggplant, squash, or sausage.

What kind of beans can you eat on a low carb diet? ›

Beans that are lower in carbs can include peas, green beans, lima beans, and soybeans.

Is canned chili without beans keto friendly? ›

It depends on entirely on the ingredients. If it's all meat without any beans then it's much more keto friendly. You do have to be careful of too many other added ingredients such as tomato sauce which has a certain amount of natural sugar (or added sugar) in it.

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