keto chili

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When you are looking for an easy meal to prepare, this chili recipe will come to your rescue.  Traditional chili made with beans and a variety of tomato products will most likely kick you out of ketosis, but fortunately, this keto friendly recipe is low in carbs and will also leave you feeling extremely satisfied.  It is rich in healthy fats, full of bold flavors, and is so easy to prepare. Serve it alongside some keto bread, cloud bread, keto tortillas, or even in the morning with a few over-easy eggs.

The Main Ingredients in This Chili Include:

  • Grass-fed ground beef
  • Onion
  • Green pepper
  • Tomato Paste

Benefits of Grass Fed Beef:

  1. Reduced risk of heart disease
  2. Improved blood sugar
  3. Free of hormones and antibiotics

#1: Heart Healthy

One of the best health benefits of grass-fed beef is that it contains more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than regular grain-fed beef.  This polyunsaturated fatty acid has been known to fight cancer, help build muscle, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Grass-fed beef can also help lower overall cholesterol and contains higher amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants such as vitamin E.

#2: Blood Sugar

Getting a good amount of healthy fats in our diets helps regulate blood sugar.  CLA has been known to help improve insulin sensitivity which helps reduce the risk of diabetes, even if you are insulin resistant.

#3: Safer

Beef from grain-fed cows is also typically given hormones to help increase their size which provides more meat to sell to consumers.  These hormones could pose a health risk to us with an increased risk of different types of cancer. In addition, grain-fed cows are also given antibiotics which can contribute to antibiotic resistance.  This increases the formation of drug-resistant bacteria and could pose serious problems when we are faced with a medical concern that requires the use of antibiotics, as they may no longer be as effective.

There is also a decreased risk of food poisoning with grass-fed beef and it is considered safer for the environment.  Not to mention that grass fed beef tends to be more rich in flavor and is the perfect protein choice for this recipe. Top this hearty bowl of chili with some shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, avocado, and a sprinkle of green onions for a meal you will come back to over and over again.


30 Minute Hearty Keto Chili

keto chili

Cozy up and fill your belly in under thirty minutes with this simple keto chili that is bursting with traditional Tex-Mex flavors.

  • Author: Corina Nielsen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium green pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely minced)
  • 1lb grass fed ground beef
  • 3 heaped tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 8oz beef bone broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil under medium heat. Add onions and bell peppers. Sautée for 1-2 minutes. Stir in garlic, salt, pepper, and spices.
  2. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Stir in tomato paste, tomatoes, and broth.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Top with cheese, sour cream, and avocado if desired.


  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 156
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 18g

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Responses (14)

  1. I want to make this but can not see the nutritional facts where do I find them in the recipe I have looked.

  2. Hi Rose-Marie, the serving size is 3/4 cup.
    Nutrition Facts
    Calories: 156
    Fat: 8g
    Net Carbs: 4g
    Protein: 18g

  3. Made this last night and it tasted great. I just added a couple jalapenos for heat. Good macros for keto also if you do it with 80/20 ground beef.

  4. I am a Texan, so I am pretty picky when it comes to chili, but this was DELICIOUS! I will definitely make this again and again! Thank you!

  5. I thought we would be disappointed with Keto Chili, as my chili usually has lots of elbow macaroni and crackers, but my husband and I loved this chili! Simple to make, full of flavor; this recipe is definitely a keeper, even if we were not Keto! I made some fathead garlic bread to dunk in the chili and it was a perfect dinner for a cold Wisconsin fall day. Thank you!

  6. Hi Emi, this recipe yields 5 cooked so if you’d like to make this for 20 persons, kindly adjust the ingredients amount by four.

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