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Easy Keto Chili

Easy Keto Chili

Published on: March 07, 2019

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You only need a handful ingredients to make this keto-friendly chili con carne. Paired with creamy toppings, this popular Mexican stew definitely makes for one satisfying comfort food. Make it a day ahead to save yourself time. And if you end up with leftovers (highly doubtful), freeze the extras for up to 4 months.

Easy Keto Chili

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours

Serves: 6


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, chopped
  • 1 large stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 ½ tsp chili powder
  • Salt, pepper, to taste
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder, optional


  • 1Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  • 2Add beef and cook until halfway done.
  • 3Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, if using.
  • 4Add bell pepper and continue to cook until the meat is browned.
  • 5Transfer the meat mixture into a saucepot.
  • 6Add tomato paste, chopped tomato, celery, water, and the remaining spices.
  • 7Stir gently and bring to a boil.
  • 8Reduce heat and simmer for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.
  • 9Serve warm topped with cheddar cheese or avocado and sour cream.

Preparation Tweaks

You can add a jalapeno to this chili to give it a little kick of flavor. It won’t make this dish too spicy, but if you want to err on the side of caution, then half the amount of chili powder recommended in this recipe. Other ingredients to add for more flavor include 1 tsb ground cumin, ½ tsp ground marjoram, and a beef stock cube.

How to Serve

Chili is best served hot and spicy, but you already knew that. Many like to eat chili with tortilla chips. On a keto diet, you can make low-carb tortilla chips with almond flour, psyllium husk, and mozzarella cheese. Also, make sure to top your chili with cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocados, or other low-carb toppings.