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Easy Keto Chili (Low Carb) It’s Bean Less!

This easy keto chili recipe is a bold chili that is full of Tex Mex flavor and simple to make.

Keto chili is what our family loves when it comes to comfort food. There is just something about a pot of chili being cooked that always brings everyone into my kitchen.

Any meal that uses Southwestern spices has the potential to win my family over, and this low-carb chili is no different.

Since it’s a favorite recipe in our home, I thought it was time I shared my keto-friendly chili recipe with you all. So if you’ve been wanting a chili recipe that is low in carbs, you’ve come to the right place. 

Why? Well because it’s not only delicious but simple to customize. It’s actually a recipe I shared long before I ever became a low-carb keto food blogger with family and friends. 

This recipe clocks in at only 5.1 net carbs per serving a fraction compared to 23.5 total carbs in a traditional chili recipe.

If you’re a fan of the flavors that abound in Texas and Mexico, then make sure you also visit my Easy Keto Tex Mex Recipes.

Keto Chili Recipe

Best easiest keto chili
Best easiest keto chili

I am fully aware that there must be thousands of variations of chili. And I have no doubt that many of those are pretty grand. But are they all easy to execute? And are they chili recipes that can fit a low carb diet?

In my book, a recipe for keto chili not only needs to rival that of a high-carb chili but also needs to be made easily.

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This is why my keto chili recipe needs only for you to know how to brown some ground beef and onions, open a can of tomatoes and measure out ground spices.

If you have those cooking skills, you can make my keto chili.

In fact, this is a recipe that I would teach anyone who wants to learn how to cook. It’s that simple to master. Plus, a chili recipe makes a great economical meal.

I do believe that my easy keto chili is popular because I don’t t skimp on flavor. I use a fair amount of spices in my recipe because we like our chili to be bold and chunky. 

This low-carb chili isn’t necessarily spicy hot, but it is full of delicious Tex-Mex flavors. If you like a milder-tasting chili, you, of course, reduce the number of spices to suit your preference.

easy Keto Chili
Easy Keto Chili

Chili Without Beans (No Beans Chili)

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My original family chili recipe called for kidney beans and although I still add them on occasion, adding beans will raise the carb load too high to make it to our keto blog.

Is there such a thing as a recipe for low-carb chili with beans? Not in my book. You just can’t ignore all the carbs that beans add to chili.

On average you are talking about 110g of carbohydrates per 1/2 cup of beans. If you take into account that one can of beans serves three people, that’s way too many carbs if your goal is to lose weight.

Adding beans to your keto chili defeats the purpose because it’s a sure way to be kicked out of ketosis.

So, the beans have been left out of my easy keto chili; otherwise, it would not be considered a low-carb chili.

Sorry about this but I assure you, you won’t even miss the beans in my chili recipe.

If you decide to add beans to my keto chili, feel free to do but do know that it’s no longer a low-carb chili recipe.

I have no doubt that you will enjoy my low-carb keto chili recipe. But don’t leave the site without also checking out some of my other recipes that include chili.

Easy Keto Chili
Low-carb chili served in a white bowl

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My keto chili can be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker easily. I’ve made it both ways countless times, and it’s always a winner.

Allowing the chili to cook on low for several hours will produce a low-carb chili that is packed with flavor. So if you’re a fan of slow-cookers, feel free to toss all the ingredients and let this low-carb keto chili simmer on low for hours.

A great accompaniment to my low-carb keto chili is my keto cornbread. If you haven’t tried my “corn” bread, do yourself a favor and do so. There is no cornmeal or corn in my recipe, so it’s a great alternative.

Ingredients Needed To Make An Easy Keto Chili

Easy Keto Chili served in a white bowl
Easy Keto Chili served in a white bowl with a side of coconut flour cornbread

The following are the ingredients you’ll need to make a keto-friendly chili.

  • Lean ground beef, grass-fed beef is best, or even ground turkey.
  • Garlic cloves, minced 
  • Olive oil
  • Onion roughly chopped
  • Crushed canned tomato
  • Chopped cherry tomatoes
  • Water or beef broth for extra flavor and nutrition
  • Sea salt
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper 
  • Cumin powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

Optional Favorite Toppings:

  • A dollop of sour cream
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Green bell peppers, finely chopped
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Green chilies

How To Make Easy Low-Carb Chili Recipe

Making a ketogenic-friendly chili is pretty straightforward. You’ll start by browning the ground beef with chopped onions and garlic. 

Once the meat is cooked through you’ll add the can of tomatoes, the fresh tomatoes, water, and spices. Then simply allow the chili to simmer on medium-low heat for about 30-45 minutes.

Alternatively, you can cook this chili in the slow cooker to do so, add all the ingredients into your slow cooker, break up the ground beef, and then set it to low.

Your keto chili will be done in about 4-6 hours, based on your specific slow cooker. 

What’s nice about this recipe is that it also doubles easily and freezes well. To freeze your chili, allow it to cool and store it in freezer bags or freezer-safe containers. This makes it a great way to meal prep

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I sure hope you will give this keto-friendly bean-less chili recipe a try, we get rave reviews stating that it’s the best low carb chili recipe they have ever had.

Maybe it’s the extra spices or that it’s a hearty low-carb chili.

It’s certainly a comforting meal and one we are confident the entire family will enjoy, even if they are not adhering to a low-carb lifestyle. 

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Easy Keto Chili

Easy Keto Chili

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

It's our family recipe for easy keto chili. This chili is packed with bold Tex-Mex flavors and still manages to be keto-friendly. Recipe includes instructions on how to make it in a slow cooker.


  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • 28 oz can crushed tomato
  • 1 cup of chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder


  1. Brown the ground beef, onions, garlic
  2. Add the can of tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, water, and spices.
  3. Allow to simmer on medium low heat for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Alternatively you can cook this chili in slow cooker to do so refer to the notes section.
  5. This recipe double and freezes well.


Slow Cooker Instructions: Add all the ingredients into your slow cooker and break up the ground beef and then set it to low. Your Keto Chili will be done in 4-6 hours based on your specific slow cooker.

Note: The nutrition facts are for a one-cup serving of chili.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 5.5gSaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 577mgCarbohydrates: 7.3gNet Carbohydrates: 5.1gFiber: 2.2gSugar: 2.2gProtein: 24.3g

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Sunday 1st of January 2023

I admit it was pretty good but next time I make it I'm going to eliminate the salt and the water and just add one cup of beef stock, with all the tomato it didn't need extra salt.

Hilda Solares

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Sure thing Susan! That's the beauty that you can easily customize the recipe to your needs.


Thursday 22nd of December 2022

I made this when it was 6° outside with 30 mph winds. Followed the recipe 100% with no deviation (extremely rare for me). It was fabulous! My family loved it! This is one of the best scratch chili recipes I’ve ever tasted. Served it in hot bowls with a sprinkle of minced onion & shredded cheddar. There were no leftovers…sadly.

Hilda Solares

Friday 23rd of December 2022

Hi Kevin, So thrilled to hear you enjoyed the recipe!

Karen W

Thursday 1st of December 2022

I tried the Easy Keto Chili, Liked it a lot. My problem is that it doesn't give how much a serving is, and how many carbs in one serving. I had to dish it out into 6 bowls to find serving size, 1 cup per serving, and to do the math to find carbs per serving. A lot of work!

Hilda Solares

Thursday 1st of December 2022

Hi Karen, I can see your frustration, but the recipe card plugin we use does not make it easy to clarify this. I will add in the notes that it's a one-cup serving, so people can serve themselves more or less depending on their personal macros.


Friday 8th of October 2021

My husband raves about this recipe. He is not KETO but when I make Chili this is the only one he wants. Absolutely delish!

Hilda Solares

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Awww that's amazing to hear Bonni! So happy you all are enjoying the recipe.


Thursday 18th of March 2021

How many calories. I’m confused by the Nutrition listed

Hilda Solares

Saturday 20th of March 2021

the following are the nutrition facts CALORIES: 178 TOTAL FAT: 5.5gSATURATED FAT: 1.9gCHOLESTEROL: 68mgSODIUM: 577mgCARBOHYDRATES: 7.3gNET CARBOHYDRATES: 5.1gFIBER: 2.2gSUGAR: 2.2gPROTEIN: 24.3g

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