Keto Chili Recipe + VIDEO (slow cooker, stovetop) (2024)

Published by Sheena Strain, last updated


My Easy Keto Chili recipe is a ridiculously tasty dinner that the whole family will enjoy! With all the best chili flavors you love simmered together to create a great low carb chili recipe, without the beans.

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This recipe for Low Carb Chili has about 8g net carbs per serving, with around six servings. Most of the carbs are from the fire roasted tomatoes, but they really add flavor to this recipe so I think it’s worth it.

Quick Tips for Making Keto Chili

This is a quick and easy Low Carb Chili recipe, but I have a few tips to ensure that you get the very best results!

Seasonings – I like to add the salt ahead of time and let the meat sit for about 15 – 20 minutes to allow it to penetrate the ground beef. And we love to add baking soda to the meat, it really helps to tenderize it while browning the beef (I’ve got more details on that in the recipe card.)

Make Ahead – If you have time and can plan it, then this is a great make ahead recipe as the flavors only get better over time. It will keep in the fridge for three to four days and it freezes very well too.

Slow Cooker or Stove – My Keto Chili recipe is very flexible and easy to cook either on the stovetop or you can make it in your crockpot, whatever is easiest for you!

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Keto Chili FAQ’s

  1. How Many Carbs are in Chili? My low carb chili recipe has 8 grams net carbs per serving, assuming approximately one cup per serving.
  2. Is Chili Keto Friendly? If you make your chili without beans it is! I have also limited the amount of onions, and tweaked some of the other ingredients. The bulk of carbs in this recipe come from the tomatoes.
  3. Can I make Keto Turkey Chili? Yes you can, just replace the ground beef with ground turkey and cook it in the same way.
  4. Can I make it in a Slow Cooker? Yes, it’s very easy to make chili in a Crockpot or slow cooker, I’ve got detailed directions in the recipe card.

The best way to brown ground beef for Chili!

One of the frustrations in cooking ground beef for Chili Con Carne is that it can generate quite a lot of liquid as it browns.

What sometimes happens is that you essentially ‘steam’ the meat instead of browning it. One way round that of course is to try to do it in little batches, but that doesn’t always work.

And then of course if you pour off the liquid/fat afterwards you are pouring a lot of the accompanying flavor down the drain, we don’t want that!

Well, I came across this excellent tip inCooks Illustratedrecently and knew that it might be the key to transforming my low carb chili recipe!

The idea is simple, but genius. You simply add a little mixture of baking soda (NOT baking powder) to the ground meat, mix it well and leave it to sit for at least 20 minutes, I have all the details in my recipe below.

The baking soda helps the meat to retain the moisture as it browns, and I promise it REALLY works!!

It’smade a huge difference to the finished keto chili recipe so I would urge you to try it. Usually my ‘browned’ meat is sitting in a large puddle of water and fat, but not this time, it really was browned!

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Keto Chili

Quick and Easy Keto Chili made with no beans is a great low carb dinner option!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Total Carbs: 10 g

Net Carbs: 8 g

Protein: 17 g

Servings: 6

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  1. Scroll up to watch recipe video!

  2. Start by seasoning the ground beef well with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Then mix the baking soda with 1 tbsp water and mix into the crumbled ground beef and let it sit for 15 minutes (see note 1)

  3. Add the chopped onions to a large pan or Dutch Oven and saute in a little oil for about 3-5 minutes until translucent, then remove the onions and set aside.

  4. Add a little more oil if needed to the same pan and brown the beef, taking care to break up the meat into small pieces as you cook it.

  5. Add the garlic, Ancho chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, and return the onions to the pan with the meat.

  6. Add the beef broth and fire roasted tomatoes to the pan and stir well.

  7. Simmer for 30-40 minutes.

  8. Taste and add more salt if desired.

Slow Cooker Keto Chili

  1. Follow the directions above for seasoning the ground beef, cooking the onions, and browning the beef.

  2. Add the browned beef and onions to your Crockpot or Slow cooker.

  3. Add the garlic, Ancho chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, to the slow cooker with the ground beef chili mixture.

  4. Add the remaining ingredients including the fire roasted tomatoes, but add only 1/2 cup of beef broth.

  5. Cook for about 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.

  6. Taste, and add more salt if desired.

Recipe Notes

Baking Soda – this is a nifty trick popularized by Cooks Illustrated, the baking soda solution helps to tenderize the beef and promotes better browning if left on the meat for about 15 minutes. It’s optional so you can omit if you don’t have it, and PLEASE do not substitute the baking soda with baking powder as they are not the same!

Ground Beef – We prefer to use 90/10 ground beef but you can use any ground beef you like. If you use beef with a higher fat content you may need to skim a little rendered fat from the top once the chili has cooked.

Serving Size and Nutrition – serving size is approximately 3/4 to 1 cup per person, it depends how much the liquid volume is reduced during cooking. Each serving has approximately 8 grams net carbs per serving, most of the carbs are from the tomatoes. See nutrition label for more details.

Beef Broth – we used gluten free beef broth, but you can use water in a pinch if you don’t have any broth on hand.

Ancho Chili Powder – I love the smoky flavor that this chili powder lends to the recipe, but regular chili powder works too.

Cayenne Pepper – I used a small amount of cayenne pepper so this recipe is not overly hot and spicy, but you should feel free to increase it to your own tastes.

Nutrition Facts

Keto Chili

Amount Per Serving

Calories 229Calories from Fat 117

% Daily Value*

Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 4g25%

Cholesterol 49mg16%

Sodium 518mg23%

Potassium 367mg10%

Carbohydrates 10g3%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 17g34%

Vitamin A 1376IU28%

Vitamin C 4mg5%

Calcium 88mg9%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information on Noshtastic is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

Author: Sheena Strain

Course:Main Course


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Sheena Strain is the proud owner of Noshtastic, a gluten free website that specializes in easy family meals including Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, and many pressure cooker recipes.

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  1. Susan says

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    Fabulous chili!! Thank you for the great recipe.


  2. Kimberly says

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    Hands down the best chili ever! I double the recipe and make it in the slow cooker, I also add green pepper and green chilis. I skip the baking soda in the beef but add cornstarch to thicken the chili a bit when it’s done. Soooo gooood! 😍🤩 add a dollop of sour cream, chopped onion & cheddar cheese to top off your bowl 😍 mmm mmm mmm! Fishy crackers (goldfish crackers) are even good in it for the little kiddos n even the big kiddos too 😉


  3. Erin says

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    I made this tonight and it was very good! My family really really liked it! I did add a green bell pepper, a can of green chilies and I added more Cayenne pepper. My husband and my kids love spicy stuff so by adding a bit more Cayenne it turned out perfect! Thanks for the recipe!


  4. Tracy says

    I have made the chili many times and absolutely love it. I am making it to take to someone who does not like any “heat” at all! Would you recommend using regular diced tomatoes vs. the fire roasted tomatoes to take it down a notch?


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Tracy, the fire roasted tomatoes have no heat at all, they are more like chargrilled if that makes sense. The heat is from the cayenne pepper so if you want no heat at all leave that out.


  5. Angela Cary says

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    This is SOOOO Good! Thank you for this recipe!


  6. Tina says

    Did anyone notice a weird texture to the meat? I think it was the baking soda.


    • Kerry says

      Yes, like spongy meat.


  7. Susan says

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    My family loved this recipe. I’m from Texas this was Great chili!! I added a small can of chopped Green chilies st the end and stirred. Sprinkled a little cheese green onion and put 4 crumbled pork rinds around edge to give it that crispy texture like a taco. Will definitely make again Thanks so much!!


  8. Amy says

    Can you adapt this recipe to make it in a slow cooker?


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Amy,

      you sure could! 🙂 I haven’t cooked this specific recipe in a slow cooker, however here’s what I would do if I was going to try it. I would follow all the steps as written up to step three where you brown the beef. Then add all mixture that to the slow cooker and add in the garlic, herbs and spices, and I would reduce the liquid, so perhaps only 1/2 cup of beef broth. I would cook it on low for about 5-6hrs.


  9. Heidi says

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    Made this tonight for dinner. Was the perfect amount of kick with the spice combination to combat our snowstorm. Will make this again!


  10. Brooke says

    What is the serving size? I froze half of this before dividing it equally. I am trying to enter it into my fitness pal


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Brooke, This makes about 6 servings for one pot of chili if you make the recipe as written. I don’t know the actual serving size, you’d need to put it in a measuring cup I’d guess to find that out. I have the macros and net carbs per serving (assuming 6 servings per the whole recipe) already listed in the recipe if that helps, so if you have half in the freezer then it would be three servings. I hope that helps!


  11. val deater says

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    my chili turned out delicious i’m so happy i tried it and its so satisfying.


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How long can you simmer chili on the stove? ›

Cook over low heat for at least four hours or up to 8 hours. In final hour of cooking remove cover and increase heat slightly to reduce liquid. Once chili reaches desired consistency replace cover and reduce heat back to low. Serve with side bowls of sour cream and shredded cheese (cheddar, or a good mix) and crackers.

Is chili better in a slow cooker? ›

Chili is perhaps the ideal slow-cooker dish because its flavor improves with a long, slow simmer. This makes a big batch, perfect for a cold-weather get-together, but if you're making it for a smaller group, the leftovers freeze well.

Can you cook chili too long in a slow cooker? ›

Yes, but it would take a while. I have cooked this chili for 9 hours on low and it was delicious but ever-so-slightly burnt on the top. The tomatoes contain sugar, which caramelizes in the slow cooker, and will eventually burn if it cookes for too long. Anything longer than 10 hours on low is risky.

What can you use to thicken keto chili? ›

Top 5 keto thickener substitutes
  1. Xanthan gum. Used for baking or thickening soups or sauces, xanthan gum has zero net carbs. ...
  2. Guar gum. A plant fiber from the seed of the guar plant, guar gum has zero net carbs. ...
  3. Glucomannan (konjac): ...
  4. Agar agar. ...
  5. Gelatin.

Do you simmer with the lid on or off? ›

You can simmer with the cookware lid on or off, simply follow your recipe instructions. Keep in mind that when using a cover, you'll want to set your stovetop to a low setting as it can reach a simmer faster than without a cap. When you're not using a lid, adjust your stovetop setting to medium.

Does chili taste better the longer you simmer it? ›

Chili is most commonly prepared at a low temperature and for an extended period of time (low and slow), which develops a deeper, spiced aroma. But, the longer cook time can often result in a flat flavor.

How do you slow cook on a stove top? ›

If you don't have a slow cooker, you can slow cook right on stovetop using a cooking pot that has a heavy build (like a Dutch oven) so it can disperse heat evenly to the food cooking inside. You should cover it well with a lid, keep the heat low and keep checking food in between so it does not run out of liquid.

Do you have to brown ground beef before putting it in the crockpot for chili? ›

Many slow-cooker chili recipes have a step for browning the beef before it goes into the Crock-Pot. While this step isn't necessary, caramelizing the meat creates richer, bolder flavors. But, if you don't want to clean the extra dish or you don't have time to make it happen, feel free to skip this step!

When to add beans to chili? ›

You know the saying, “save the best for last?” To keep your beans nice and plump, add them about 20 minutes before you finish cooking. This will give them plenty of time to impart that perfectly seasoned chili flavor to your recipe without overcooking.

Is 4 hours on high the same as 8 hours on low? ›

Low: 7-8 hours to reach the simmer point. High: 3-4 hours to reach the simmer point. If playback doesn't begin shortly, try restarting your device.

Can you cook chili on low for 8 hours? ›

The Best Way to Cook Chili:

The low and slow cooking process melds the flavors of the chili seasoning into every bite and the beef becomes so tender, juicy, and irresistible. You can slow cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours.

Can I leave the crockpot on low overnight? ›

Today's programmable slow cookers often come with the ability to cook food for up to 24 hours, as well as automatic warming settings that can stay on for just as long.

What beans are keto? ›

Keto-friendly beans

On a strict keto diet, your best bet for beans is to choose either green beans or black soybeans. While green beans are typically prepared more like a vegetable than a bean, black soybeans are a great alternative to other, starchier beans in soups, bean dips, refried beans, or other recipes.

Is sour cream keto friendly? ›

Regular, full fat sour cream is made from cream and contains far more fat than carbs. Therefore, it's considered keto-friendly. However, low fat or nonfat sour cream is not. Full fat sour cream can provide some variety in a keto diet when used as a dip base or incorporated into recipes to boost the fat content.

How many carbs can you have on keto? ›

The ketogenic diet typically reduces total carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams a day—less than the amount found in a medium plain bagel—and can be as low as 20 grams a day. Generally, popular ketogenic resources suggest an average of 70-80% fat from total daily calories, 5-10% carbohydrate, and 10-20% protein.

How long can chili sit on stove after cooking? ›

Food should not be at room temperature for more than two hours. Shallow containers or small amounts of hot food can be placed directly in the refrigerator or rapidly chilled in an ice or cold water bath before refrigerating.

Can you simmer chili for an hour? ›

Cooking chili low and slow is the way to go

According to Southern Living, you'll want to let any chili recipe cook for at least an hour to fully enjoy its spectrum of tastes.

Can you cook chili for 6 hours? ›

Add the garlic, yellow onion, tomatoes with juices, chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, cornmeal and stock to the slow cooker and stir to blend. Cover and cook for 6 hours on low according to the manufacturer's instructions. Skim the fat off the surface of the chili.

Does chili get thicker the longer it cooks? ›

Thin chili may just need time to cook down. Cook it uncovered low and slow, at least one hour, for it to thicken on its own. Cooking it uncovered allows for evaporation to reduce and concentrate the chili.


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