Simple Keto Beanless Chili

Updated on December 6, 2019
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Marlyn is taking back control of her weight by changing her eating habits to the ketogenic way of life.

A simple keto beanless chili topped with sour cream, cheese, and onions.
A simple keto beanless chili topped with sour cream, cheese, and onions.

I have been on the prowl for a simple keto chili recipe for quite some time now. With the weather getting colder by the hour here in Virginia, I need some sort of comfort food to get me through the evening. My go-to comfort food on a cold night used to be beef pho. I can't tell you how much I miss eating I nice large bowl of steaming hot pho.

I found a few recipes online and combined a couple together. And let me tell you, if I could give y'all samples through the computer screen, I would. There was enough chili to feed my family of three with leftovers to spare.

Because keto is a very strict diet, there is very little room for any type of tomatoes. So, I had to experiment with other alternatives. I found that using beef broth did not deter from a normal chili dish taste.

Note: Even you're not doing keto, this is a great recipe for a simple beanless chili. Enjoy it over rice.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves 6


  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 jalapenos, minced (keep seeds if you like it spicy)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes, (I prefer fire roasted)
  • 1 to 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced


  1. In a big pot, add your ground beef, chopped onion, minced garlic, jalapeno, and green bell peppers. Saute on medium heat until meat is just about done. Drain out excess oil.
  2. Add your tomato paste, diced tomatoes, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, and salt to taste. Stir. (Start off with 1 can of beef broth until you get to the consistency that you like. I normally use about 1 1/2 cups because I don't like it too saucy. I like my chili thick.)
  3. Let chili boil for about 3 to 5 minutes, then turn the stove down to let it simmer. I like to let it simmer for about an hour, just to get all the flavors to infuse into the meat. However, your chili is good to go after 20 minutes of simmering.
  4. Serve with your favorite chili toppings. I prefer sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped onions.

Photo Guide

Saute your ground beef, onions, jalapenos, garlic, and bell pepper.
Saute your ground beef, onions, jalapenos, garlic, and bell pepper.
Add all your seasonings and broth.
Add all your seasonings and broth.
Let simmer for 20 minutes to an hour. Add your toppings, then eat and enjoy!
Let simmer for 20 minutes to an hour. Add your toppings, then eat and enjoy!

Leftover Suggestions

I used to be someone who hated eating leftovers. That was until I realized how much food I was wasting. Here are some suggestions on what to do with your leftover chili:

  • Chili dogs: My all-time favorite with an all-beef hotdog. I prefer Costco beef hot dogs.
  • Chili omelet
  • Chili nachos: If you are keeping it keto, use pork rinds as your nacho chips.
  • Chili fries: Use jicama to make your fries instead of potato fries.
  • Chili enchiladas: Use keto-friendly wraps.

The possibilities are endless—just get creative with it!

The Keto Way of Eating

It is very easy to go over your macros eating this dish. I keep my portions to about 1 1/2 cups a serving. However, I don't normally count macros. I eat until I am full. I fast for 16 hours and eat in an 8-hour window after fasting. Everyone does keto differently, and my suggestion is to do what works best for you.

I eat more within my 8-hour window because I had the gastric sleeve done, and it makes it difficult to eat a full meal in one sitting. I want to say that if I were to put all my food I ate in a day in front of me, it would probably equal to 1 full meal and half a meal.

The best advice that I could give anyone starting out on this new way of eating is to keep it simple. If you have any health concerns or have any ongoing health issues, it is best that you consult your physician before starting.

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