This thick and hearty no bean keto chili is filling and full of delicious chili flavors. Ground beef and sliced smoked sausage are simmered with onion, bell pepper, celery, diced tomatoes, and lots of classic chili seasoning. Fits perfectly on your high protein low carb diet.
Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity! October is national chili month but at our house, we eat chili year-round. Why? Because it's an easy keto dinner that's full of flavor and ready in 30 minutes, with plenty of leftovers for the next day!
This meaty, chunky chili recipe uses hamburger meat AND sliced smoked sausage! The smoked sausage adds an interesting texture that creates a chunky, hearty bowl of chili. The sausage also adds a delicious hint of smokey flavor that enhances and blends the flavors nicely.
Here in the south, our traditional chili recipes are commonly made with beans (pinto beans or kidney beans). However, beans are not low carb or keto-friendly! Fortunately, this bold and meaty, keto-friendly recipe is low-carb and satisfying, even without the beans, making it the perfect keto chili recipe.
We use a small amount of tomato paste and half the tomatoes that traditional chili recipes use. For an extra spicy kick, use a can of Rotel tomatoes instead of regular canned tomatoes.
This delicious beanless chili recipe makes about 6-8 servings. Each serving contains 3 net carbs*.
Ingredients for Low Carb Keto Chili
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Beef or bone broth
How to Make Low Carb Keto Chili
1) Chop the onion, bell pepper, celery, and sausage into approximately 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
2) In a 5-quart heavy pot, add a small amount of bacon grease or oil to the pot. Y'all know I used my Calphalon pot that I love and have had for many years! Next, brown the sliced sausage on medium-high heat just until it begins to get nice and browned, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the sausage from the pot and set aside.
3) Brown the onion, bell pepper, and celery in the same pot, covered, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from pot and set aside.
4) To the same pot, add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink; breaking up the ground beef into bite-sized pieces with a spatula as it cooks; drain off the grease. Add the sausage and the remaining ingredients (not the cheese or sour cream, of course). Stir well to blend. Taste for flavor and add additional seasonings if desired.
5) Stir well. Chili will be very thick! Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and slow simmer for 20-30 minutes. After the chili simmers for 20-30 minutes, the vegetables will release a little more liquid making the consistency perfect!
Instead of beef, try ground turkey, venison, or bison are excellent substitutions.
Slow Cooker Version
This recipe easily converts into a delicious crockpot recipe! Follow steps 1-2 and then transfer the chili into your crockpot or slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.
Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I prefer to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids. Check out this 18-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids from Bayco, available now on Amazon.
Chili freezes very well. Allow the chili to completely cool off. Then place into a freezer container or sealable plastic freezer bag (write the date on the bag so you can easily remember it). Frozen chili will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge the day before you plan to eat if. Reheat in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.
Side Dish Suggestions
This chili is quite filling as is, however, if you need to add sides, keto cornbread recipe from Savory Tooth is delicious! I also love these low carb almond flour crackers from Simple Mills; they're crispy crunchy and perfect for snacking or with this chili. Then, there's always a simple side salad to accompany your chili. Perhaps serve the chili on top of the salad for an all-in-one meal.
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Hearty Low Carb Keto Chili
- 2 pounds ground beef
- ½ pound smoked sausage, sliced into approx ½-inch discs
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced into approx 1-inch pieces
- 1 red onion, sliced into approx 1-inch pieces
- 2-3 celery stalks, sliced into approx ½-inch pieces
- 14-½ oz canned diced tomatoes
- 1-½ cups bone or beef broth
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 bay leaf
- black pepper, to taste
- cayenne pepper, to taste
- sliced jalapenos (optional)
- shredded cheese (optional)
- sour cream (optional)
- Chop the onion, bell pepper, celery, and sausage into approximately 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
- In a 5-quart heavy pot, add a small amount of bacon grease or oil to the pot. Brown the sliced sausage on medium-high heat just until it begins to get nice and browned, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the sausage from the pot and set aside.
- Brown the onion, bell pepper, and celery in the same pot, covered, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove veggies from pot and set aside.
- To the same pot, add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink; breaking up the ground beef into bite-sized pieces with a spatula as it cooks; drain off the grease.
- Return the sausage and the remaining ingredients (not the cheese or sour cream, of course). Stir well to blend. Taste for flavor and add additional seasonings if desired.
- Chili will be VERY thick, but don't add any liquid. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and slow simmer for 20-30 minutes. After the chili simmers for 20-30 minutes, the vegetables will release a little more liquid making the consistency perfect!
- Spoon chili into your favorite bowl and enjoy! Top with shredded cheddar cheese and or sour cream, if desired (net carbs from cheese and sour cream not included in the net carbs per serving listed in the post).
Notes: *Different brands will vary on the net carbs so keep that in mind. For the most part, they should be fairly close. Use a site like MyFitnessPal.com or verywell.com to figure out this information based on the brands or ingredients you used.
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