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The Best Keto Chili Recipe (Low Carb Chili Recipe No Beans)

No beans? No problem, this keto chili recipe is perfect for any low carb diet. It is so easy to make and it always hits the spot.

You will not miss the beans with this low carb chili recipe!

If you are on keto, you probably already know how high carb beans are and may have thought that low carb chili wasn’t an option.

That was how I felt when my husband and I started eating a low carb diet.

I thought chili was no longer a weekly staple because our go-to chili recipe was heavy on beans.

I wasn’t sure how to go about creating a beanless keto-friendly chili that didn’t seem like it was missing something.

So when we got a craving for that delicious chili flavor, I began experimenting and created this meaty low-carb chili that is also perfect for those following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

It was a hit for us keto dieters and even went over well with carb-lovers that we invited over for dinner.

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low carb chili no beans in pot.

Can You Eat Chili on a Keto Diet?

Can you eat chili on a keto diet? Absolutely! You just need to change some of the ingredients that are found in other chilis.

This is why it is always best to make your own foods, especially when following a strict diet such as the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or a Low Carb Diet like Keto.

If you have tried to search “low carb chili recipe no beans” or “low carb chili no beans”you know how difficult it can be to find a low carb chili recipe without beans.

This is because beans are usually the ingredient used to thicken chili. Thankfully I have figured out a workaround that has allowed me to make a thick chili that is low carb with no beans.

How Do You Thicken Keto Chili?

There are a few ways you can thicken keto chili without the addition of beans.

I first started to experiment with the normal sauce that I have used for chili in the past and when I added tomato paste it really thickened up nicely.

I then decided to double the meat I would normally use for chili and added in more vegetables like peppers.

The results speak for themselves, this low carb keto chili is perfect. It is the best keto chili recipe ever in my opinion.

You can easily swap out the meat to use any meat that you prefer or have on hand. I love venison chili but this would work great with ground turkey or ground beef, too.

My next experiment is going to be trying this same exact recipe but swapping out the venison for chicken.

I think that will give this low carb chili a completely different flavor and texture that may be worth a try.

I also plan on making this in a pressure cooker and in the crockpot, to make this keto chili recipe as easy as possible for those busy days.

However, what I love about this keto chili recipe is that I can make it in a dutch oven in under an hour.

This low carb chili is so easy and delicious that I think once you try it out, it will be a staple in your home, too.

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Can I Eat Canned Chili on Keto?

This can be difficult because many of the popular brands of chili such as Wolf Brand Chili, Skyline, Hormel, Gold Star Chili, and Wendy’s Chili are all heavy on beans.

Although you can find some brands like Trader Joe’s or Hormel that omit the beans, their recipe is still not exactly keto-friendly.

bowl of low carb chili no beans.

Can You Double this Keto Chili Recipe?

Yes, in fact, I prefer to do it this way. I always make a double batch of this keto beanless chili so that I can put the dutch oven in the refrigerator overnight and then warm up it up for dinner easily, the next night.

If you decide to try this method, be sure to stir the chili while heating up the second night. I learned this the hard way.

When I first got my dutch oven, I was not used to cooking with something that retained heat so well. I put a pot of keto chili on the stove, straight out of the refrigerator, and after just a few minutes, the entire dutch oven filled with smoke.

Thankfully I was able to save that meal but the pot wasn’t as easy to clean as it normally is and it made a mess on my stovetop.

Meals that last two nights always make me feel like I won a prize and I guess I kind of did win something, a night off from cooking.

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Which Beans Are Keto Friendly?

Beans are generally a good source of carbohydrates, but some types are lower in carbs than others. Here are some of the lowest-carb beans that make the best bean substitute for keto diets.

Black soybeans: With just 1g net carbs per ½ cup serving, black soybeans are one of the lowest-carb beans available.

Adzuki beans: Adzuki beans have 8g net carbs per ½ cup serving, making them a good choice for those on a low-carb diet.

Lentils: While lentils are not as low in carbs as some other beans, they are still relatively low with 12g net carbs per ½ cup serving.

Chickpeas: With 14g net carbs per ½ cup serving, chickpeas are a bit higher in carbs than the other beans on this list, but they are still a good source of protein and fiber.

Kidney beans: Kidney beans have 14g net carbs per ½ cup serving, which is similar to chickpeas. However, they are also a low-calorie food that are a good source of iron and potassium.

Remember that while these beans are lower in carbs than others, they still contain carbs and should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

This recipe doesn’t use any beans because I think the peppers and extra meat make this recipe perfect without beans.

But if you are looking for a keto chili bean substitute, you may want to try some of these keto-friendly beans.

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What Can You Eat With Keto Chili?

My favorite add-ins for this keto chili are sour cream, shredded cheese, and jalapeno peppers.

Sometimes when I want to add a bit of a crunch, I mix in these Low Carb Crackers.

You could also add in more onions, shredded lettuce, or pork rinds if you are looking for an extra crunchy keto option.

Be sure to check out this post sharing the Best Pork Rinds for Keto Diet.

More Keto Dinner Ideas

If you enjoy this keto recipe, you may like these low-carb recipes that are perfect for dinner.

Chicken Soup with Drumsticks Recipe

Easy Baked Keto Radish Recipe

Hearty Keto Beef Stew Recipe

Low Carb Meatball Casserole 

Low Carb Antipasto Salad 

15 Minute One Pan Keto Recipe for Pepper Steak

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Low Carb Keto Chili


  • 2 lbs Ground Meat, I used Venison
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 6 Slices of Bacon
  • 28 Ounces of Diced Tomato
  • 6 Ounces of Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons of Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of Onion Powder
  • Squirt of Olive Oil
  • Dash of salt and pepper


  1. Chop the bell pepper, jalapeno, onion, garlic, and cook in frying pan with a little bit of olive oil to coat the pan.
  2. Once the veggies are softened, put them into a dutch oven.
  3. Fry the bacon and ground meat until cooked thoroughly and add into the dutch oven.
  4. Pour the tomato paste and diced tomato into the dutch oven, then mix in the seasonings.
  5. Cook on medium high for about 10 - 15 minutes or until the chili reaches the desired temperature.
  6. Double this beanless keto chili recipe to make a full dutch oven.

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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.


Wednesday 13th of May 2020

I must admit I prefer chilli without beans so this is perfect for us. The fact it makes enough for more than one meal is also a real plus point


Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Ooo how fab does this look. Such a comfort dish and a great way to eat healthy x

Ashlee Unscripted

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

I am not a fan of beans, and I'm into the ingredient list so this chilli is perfect for me. Also it gives me a reason to use my Dutch Oven lol.


Wednesday 13th of May 2020

I love the ingredients in this recipe, full of all type of vegetable and meats. These day I need to stay home and have more time to cook and this recipe works well for as.

Cristina Petrini

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

My dad has just finished his keto diet and I actually found out how good it is. Excellent recipe!

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