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Game Day Food – Low Carb Chili Recipe

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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! 

Low Carb Chili Recipe

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 a minimum of 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.

low carb no bean beef chili recipe

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; you won’t even miss the beans, I promise!
  • This chili recipe is on the mild side, which is the way 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 just 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?)
No Bean Chili Recipe, keto chil

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!

Low carb Beef Chili recipe

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 no problem. I prefer a leaner ground beef so there will be lees 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 2 tbs of a chili spice mix in place of the 4 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 law 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.

Works perfectly and helps 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.

Low carb chili

Can You Freeze This Low Carb Chili Recipe?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this Chili. Let chili cool significantly, package it up into smaller servings into a freezer bag, taking care to remove all the air from the bag. Then when ready to eat, just 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.)

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Low Carb Chili Recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 75 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings
  • Category: chili
  • Method: stovetop

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 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 diced green chiles
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbs tomato paste

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition

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

Keywords: recipe, chili, low carb

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  1. D sherriff says:

    Delicious! Husband even loved it without beans.
    He ate it over a baked potato

  2. I tried it! It came out GREAT!! The whole family loved it!!!

  3. We really liked this chili! Easy and delicious!

  4. Best Keto Chili. We love it every time.

  5. Just made this tonight. It is excellent! Made it w ground turkey, topped w cheese and jalapeños. Yummy comfort food on a chilly night!

  6. This chili was excellent. I followed the recipe as written and was pleasantly surprised with the flavors. Next time, I will definitely double it.

  7. I just set my pot to simmer…have made this several times. Today I sub’d TJoe’s Organic Chili Seasoning Blend for chili powder. I’ll also add more beef broth as it cooks-I tend to prefer a thinner, soupier chili.
    I’ll freeze much of it for later when I get home from the beach, 🏖lazy & not feeling like cooking. What we have to endure here in SWFL.

  8. I really love this chili,,, it’s bursting with flavor

  9. I made this recipe 2 days ago, followed it exactly but I increased everything since I made 6 lbs of meat for a Chili cook-off at work. The only thing I added was a bag of pre-cooked fajita steak strips, diced. We had 9 contestants and I WON!! Everyone raved about this chili!! It was seriously so good!! Thank you for sharing this with us! Wish I could share a picture of my trophy!!

    1. That’s awesome! Tag me if you are on Instagram. @scatteredmom with #scatteredmomrecipes

  10. Marla Foley says:

    This was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly. Love the flavor.

  11. My 7 year old couldn’t stop eating this. Great chili recipe!

  12. Perfect consistency to put onto keto chili dogs(used keto hot dog buns) and topped with cheese and diced onion. Hubby loved!

  13. The chili with the keto friendly cheese sticks I made. awesome.

  14. This recipe is delicious! I decided to take it a step further though. I use your ingredients and also cook up a sirloin steak chop it into small pieces and mix it in. It makes it even heartier and doesn’t add carbs. To die for! I’m making it again this week and I can’t wait!

  15. I made this the other day and it was wonderful! My family loved it! Since then, my husband has learned he is allergic to tomatoes. I wondered if you might have any suggestions for a good substitute? I’m thinking of maybe adding some beef or veggie broth for the liquid, and maybe some black beans for substance? Just wondering if I should add some extra seasonings too, and/or if there are some other things you might recommend. Thank you!?

    1. This chili is hands down the best chili I’ve ever had, and the leftovers taste even better next day! Thank for the awesome recipe!

  16. Good idea. Never thought to look at my better than bouillon for sodium content. My bad!

  17. Other than being salty (just my tastes), it is great! I figured I can always make another batch, add to this one, and leave out celery salt. I could use real celery and that should take down the salt content for me. Thanks!

  18. Making this tonight for dinner and can’t wait to eat! Can you confirm the number of servings? Looking at the macros and I think they may be off as it shows 33 gr of protein for 1/5 of recipe and there’s only 1 pound of beef lusted un the ingredients.

    1. yes, that is off.. According to my fitness pal 1/5 of the recipe is:
      alories 217
      % Daily Value *
      Total Fat 10 g 15 %
      Saturated Fat 4 g 18 %
      Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
      Trans Fat 0 g
      Cholesterol 57 mg 19 %
      Sodium 1024 mg 43 %
      Potassium 267 mg 8 %
      Total Carbohydrate 11 g 4 %
      Dietary Fiber 2 g 9 %
      Sugars 4 g
      Protein 21 g 42 %

      1. not sure where that came from, I think it depends on what you choose when you match up the foods.

  19. I’m going ahead and giving this 5 stars because the smell is delicious!!! This is our dinner tonight. Thank you.

  20. Kathy Kleutgen says:

    This chili was fantastic! My husband doesn’t like beans and every no bean chili recipe I tried just did not taste good. This one is a keeper. To make it heartier, could you use crushed tomatoes instead of the tomato sauce?

  21. With the tomato sauce, is it one small can?

    Thanks ?

    1. hi, the full amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

    2. Thanks for the beanless chili(Texas Chili some call it). I used ground celery seed instead of celery salt since salt was an another ingredient. Since I only had chicken and veg broth, I used extra cumin. Still simmering, but smells good and taste testing is good so far. By the way, since I was trying to use up freezer stuff this week, I used a bag of of frozen onions, celery and peppers, plus extra peppers because you can never have too many cooked onions and sweet peppers.

  22. Amy Cousins says:

    Made this recipe and used a smoked brisket instead of ground beef. It was so rich and earthy and didn’t vary anything else on the recipe. My crew said best chili I’ve ever made(they were use to the beans versions)and nobody missed the beans! They also said it was much less filling and far more satisfying! We all Loved it, will make it my go to chili recipe from now on.

  23. There is only 2 cups in liquid that cant feed 5 people? would you suggest tripling everything for 4 big esters with left over

      1. Has anyone tripled everything though or does it taste different with 3 pounds of meat as I’m trying to feed 4 with leftovers

  24. My family is lower carb focused and chili sounded great for a cold night. This has the whole house smelling AMAZING. Just my little taste test bowl was fabulous before putting it on low to simmer until dinner. I think we’re eating early tonight lol! Thank you!!!

  25. So good ??

  26. Denise Seyller says:

    I was skeptical using beef broth and worcestershire sauce in a chili recipe but oh my goodness was this good! Hubby said it was the best chili ever. Didn’t have diced chilis but a can of Rotel (drained) did the trick. I’m keto so skipped the beans for me but stirred a few into my hubby’s bowl. This is definitely my new “go to” for chili.

  27. Hi, Jamie.
    This chili is wonderful and has replaced our other chili recipes. It is hearty, healthy, and our kids love it too! It is on regular rotation in our house after we did a couple Whole 30’s. However, I would love to make it this week, but the website’s ingredient’s list is currently not displaying correctly. Thanks!

    1. Can you tell me what is wrong with the display? I seems to be working ok on my end

      1. Each ingredient is listed in a long skinny hard to read way instead of a normal list.
        I.e :

        – 1
        Cup
        Of
        Tomato
        Sauce

        Instead of
        – 1 cup of tomato sauce
        And the instructions:
        – give
        Chili
        A
        Taste
        Add
        Additional
        Cumin
        If
        Desired

        For the reader it just takes a lot of scrolling to figure out what the entire list is and you kind of have to write it out by hand to be able to make a proper looking grocery list. Or to read how to do it well.

      2. Strange… You might try reloading the page. Also if you click print on the recipe card it fits all on one page.

  28. Francisco says:

    We loved this recipe, thanks.

  29. This was a huge hit with my family – especially the kids! Thanks for an easy and keto friendly recipe! Making it for a second time this week to serve to friends.

  30. Our household does low carb and have missed chilli soooo much. Until now. Love LOVE this recipe. I add crushed red pepper as well, and I read someone else added walnuts! Will DEFINETLY try. Thanks for sharing. Family favorite now

  31. How much is a serving? A cup?

  32. I add walnuts instead of beans..they get soft and give the texture of beans.

  33. Tried this chili today and it is really good. I’ve been eating Keto for several years now…gained a few pounds back during Covid 19 shutdown, but am trying to get back on track. Anyway, I chopped the pepper in bigger chunks and added chopped celery to take the place of beans. I definitely would fix this again. Thanks.

  34. I’m eating low carb and this chili recipe is one of the best I’ve tried. I was out of ground beef, so I substituted ground chicken. Will try beef next time to compare, but I think this was delicious. Thank you for a great recipe and your helpful hints and ideas!

  35. Thank you for taking the time to share this recipe. I have not tried it yet because I am now doing a cleanse but poo once the cleanse is done I go back to eating low carb. The recipe looks delicious and I love your suggestions for other persons who mat not want the LC version.

    I will let you know once I try it.

    Thanks again. You are awesome!

  36. Mary Crandall says:

    Outstanding chili. Very flavorful. My husband doesn’t like it when the chili is too spicy, so I used Chipotle Chili pepper from McCormick, and it gave it the right amount of heat and a terrific depth of flavor. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  37. Best chili recipe ever! Thank you!

  38. Tonya R Rolf says:

    My husband and I used this recipe for a chili cookoff yesterday and we won 1st place!!

  39. Debra Powers says:

    I add diced zucchini in my chili, it does help to thicken the pot. I also usually make it in a crock pot. I plan on making your version this weekend. What are your thoughts about keeping in the zucchini, do you think it would be too thick? TIA for your opinion, Debbie

    1. If you know you like zucchini in chili, (personally I’m not a fan, lol) I think it would be fine.

  40. Excellent Chili recipe! Thanks so much for posting. I have made chili for many years and this is by far the most flavorful recipe and beats out all the others. Hubby and I almost ate entire batch. Will definitely need to double or triple batch next time. Thank You!

  41. My daughter in law made this. It is unbelievably good. The only bad part is that we all want to eat several bowls lol. Nothing better on a cold night. Thanks so much.

  42. A friend sent me this recipe when I asked her for a good chili recipe… she was wrong! This chili is amazing! My husband kept wanting me to add some of our “normal” spices and I kept to this recipe and he liked it better than our normal!
    What I did differently though…
    **No pepper as out family does t care too much for them
    **onion powder instead of onion
    **ground venison instead of beef

    Never did beef broth nor Worcestershire and I will use them from now on! Amazing! Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comments. I bet it was the Worcestershire that he liked. It adds a depth of flavor that I can’t explain..

  43. I made this and it was delicious! I can’t eat beef so switched vegetable broth and ground turkey for the beef. I might make it with 2lbs turkey next time to thicken and increase protein.
    Stats: calories-240; carbs-17.2;
    fiber-3.8; fats-8.5; protein-23.4

  44. I’ve never added Worcestershire to my chili before, but I think that must be the ingredient that puts this keto chili recipe over the top. thanks for sharing.

  45. This recipe looks divine! I’m excited to try it with using Worcestershire! If I am eating less beef, do you think I could sub the ground beef for ground turkey? If so, should I also replace the beef stock?

    Can’t wait to try it!

    1. You can sub turkey for beef. You ms want to up the spices, just give it a taste. I would still use the beef broth. Good luck!

  46. Much in a serving of this

  47. Made this today, delicious!

  48. Precisely what I was searching for, thanks!

  49. My family absolutely loves this recipe for low carb chili! It is amazing and I am very glad I found it. You rock !

  50. Does it have to be covered when simmering?

    1. 1. it keeps too much liquid from simmering off and 2,from splattering all over the stove top. That being said, it wont ruin the chili if you leave it off.

  51. omg, the best keto chili recipe!

  52. Stephanie Williams says:

    Hands down a great recipe. You truly don’t miss the beans.. Keep throwing out low carb recipes so I don’t get bored!

  53. This is amazing! We all love it! I made a side of red beans for the rest of the fam, but we all loved it without! The only change for our house was that it wasn’t spicy enough! We all have dead or mostly dead tongues! So we diced up a jalapeño and added 1/2 a tablespoon or so of cayenne pepper! I made it before work, cooked it in the crock pot and it was perfect by dinner!
    I will be making this again! Thank you for the recipe!

  54. This is my go to chili except I use Turkey instead of beef. Everything else I follow exactly. Has been my go to for quite a while. Today I won best mild chili for our office chili contest. I LOVE this recipe!

    1. That’s awesome! (I also prefer a mild chili. 🙂 )

      1. I also made it for Thanksgiving and my father thought it was spicy so it all depends on the person. I had some of the other Chili’s there and personally felt mine (yours) was the best overall (as did quite a few others). I’m convinced the contest was rigged. 😛

  55. So good! Didn’t even miss the beans.

  56. I’m making this Tuesday – when you say 4-ish servings do you know about how much that is per serving? 1C? 1.5C? more? I’m doubling the recipe, friends are coming over. Never had Worcestershire in my chili so looking forward to trying this! Thanks so much!!

    1. How much did it feed for your friends?

  57. Thank you for a beautiful low carb chili recipe. Made this tonight for my family and the kitchen smells divine. It tastes even better.

  58. my review profile says:

    fabulous keto chili recipe, thanks!

  59. Shirley Olson says:

    Just made this for supper. My husband and I ate the entire pot. Wonderful recipe. I never missed the beans and I was not a fan of bell peppers until now. This will become part of our supper recipe rotation. Thank you.

  60. According to an article I read, beans actually promote weight loss. Carb counting without nutrition research is not a great mix. Publishing incomplete nutritional information with a recipe is just not helpful. Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart…?

    1. Sorry, I’m not eating beans right now, but you are welcome too.

  61. I made this chili for dinner tonight. I made no changes to the recipe. I think this is the best chili I’ve ever had!! I’ll make this again and again!!

  62. CHELSA PARKER says:

    silly question… can I dump all this in a crockpot? Any idea how long?

    1. I think you would need to cook the meat first and then on low for 6 ish hours. I have no idea though because I have not tried it. Let us know if you do.

  63. Michelle Sullivan says:

    What is the serving sz?

  64. Jacqueline Spinning says:

    Great little pot of Chili. Perfect for our kosher beef dogs. Thank you for a great recipe.

  65. Just came across this recipe, ,and it looks so good! Wondered what the nutritional facts are?

    1. I actually have these saved in my fitness pal, I will pull that up and add them to the post.

      1. Leigh Ann Hofferth says:

        I also use my fitness pal. Have you saved this recipe on there so I can link to it when I have it tonight for supper? 🙂

  66. Football and chili are closely tied together at our house. I will be giving this low-carb variation a try during the Super Bowl weekend. It’s also hubby’s birthday.

  67. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Funny but I am the only one in my family that eats beans. So everytime I make chili, I have to divide it into two portions – one with beans and the other without beans. Your chili looks divine too!

    1. jamie sanders says:

      I do serve it with chili beans mixed in for the kids. Works great and makes the chili go further.

  68. Chili is perfect for game day. I love your twist on it! I’ve never added Worcestershire sauce to it.

    1. The Worcestershire cuts down on tomato-y-ness and gives it a nice depth of flavor. I was almost done making this chili and kept tasting it and making my hubby taste it, wondering “what else it needed” and I realized I left the Worcestershire out. I definitely noticed a difference after adding it

  69. Ooooo nothing better than Chili on a cold night!!!! I will definitely be giving your chili recipe a try! Looks delicious

  70. We’ve been making a meatless chili that is fantastic. I may steal a couple of your ingredients though to see if we can change it up a bit!

  71. Game Day is all about easy recipes that fill you up so you have the stamina to cheer your team on through the last second. This chili recipe sounds perfect! Plus, I may actually get to watch the game if I’m not stressing about my house being clean.

  72. Neely Moldovan says:

    Oh I love a good chili recipe especially a low carb one! THis sounds great and perfect for football games!

    1. Love that!

  73. I will be making a huge vat of chili for the Big Game. I like to have plenty of it left over so I can turn it into another meal and eat it for lunch.

  74. This sounds delicious! My husband has been cutting carbs after 3pm (it sounds weirder than it actually is.) This would be perfect for dinner (and football!)

  75. Lindsey | This Miss Cooks says:

    I may not be watching the Super Bowl this year (poor Vikings) but I have been looking for a good low carb chili to make for dinner that can also serve as leftovers for lunch!

    Lindsey | This Miss Cooks