Meaty Chili (Keto)
The Best Low Carb Chili Recipe
Is there anything better than the crisp mornings and smells of fall? Football season & fall approaching inspired me to create the perfect keto chili recipe. This is the perfect keto freezer meal for freezing and enjoying later.
Prior to going low-carb, I had created the perfect chili recipe using some very simple but not often used cooking methods. When we transitioned to a keto diet, I knew I had to modify my prior creation and create the best low carb chili recipe. The taste tests on this were overwhelmingly positive.
A Great Keto Freezer Meal
Furthermore, this chili freezes perfectly. It’s the perfect keto freezer meal. Cook up a big batch of this chili over the weekend and freeze it in various sized portions.
A smaller portion gives me some flexibility in how I use the leftovers for a keto dinner or lunch. For example, I love using this chili as a topping for a green salad along with some cheese and sour cream.
My husband takes it to work in the 1.75 cup portion and tops it with cheese and sour cream for a satisfying and filling lunch.
Flavors & Textures
Cooking keto allows me to really experiment with flavors & textures. The smoked sausage is what replaces the traditional “chili beans” and gives this keto chili a hearty mouth feel. I’ve diced the smoked sausage into small pieces with this intention in mind. Use a smoked sausage and not raw sausage.
The other secret is “blooming” your spices. By simmering your spices in avocado oil you allow the flavors to “bloom”. Browning the meat inside of these bloomed flavors and adding just a little coconut aminos really brings out the meaty flavors. I’ll walk you through how to do all of this.
See my notes below the recipe for more cooking tips.
This recipe makes approximately 8 servings at 1.75 cups each. If you are being exact with your nutrition, make sure you weight out the meat and divide up the number of servings at the end.
69% Fat ~ 7.5% Net Carb ~ 25% Protein
This is absolutely the best keto chili on the internet.
A few of the techniques I am using here I learned from my obsessive “Americas Test Kitchen” watching. We bloom the spices to bring out the flavor and we brown the ground beef in spices to pull a meatier flavor out.
This recipe does also work in a Crock-Pot; But it tastes way better if you take the time to follow the steps 🙂
- 2 Lbs Grass Fed Beef
- 3-4 Links Smoked Sausage 14 oz
- 1/2 Cup Avocado Oil
- 1 Large Onion Chopped
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 3 Jalapenos seeded & chopped (for added heat, leave the seeds in one or more!)
- 4 Cloves Garlic Chopped
- 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 Tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Ancho Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- 2 Tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- Dash Cayenne Pepper Ground
- 1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes Optional
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
- 1 Can Organic Tomato Paste 6 ounces
- 2 Can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis 14 ounces
In a medium sized dutch oven or pan, heat ½ cup avocado oil for a few minutes until it shimmers.
Now, we will “bloom” our spices. This is a very easy cooking trick that will transform the flavor of this dish exponentially! We’re just going to add all of the ground spices to the avocado oil and cool the spices in the oil for a few minutes.
Next, add the chopped onion, red bell pepper, jalapenos and garlic cloves. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes or until the onions begin to turn translucent. Add the diced sausage links and cook for 5 minutes.
We’re now ready to brown the beef in all of these amazing flavors. Add half of your ground beef, working in chunks. Use your spoon to chop up the beef into small pieces. Add the Coconut Aminos. Cook for 3-5 minutes and then repeat with the other half of your hamburger.
Cook hamburger for an additional 10 minutes or until no pink remains.
Simmer your chili for 1-2 hours on low heat.
Garnish your completed keto dinner with real sour cream & shredded cheese.
Notes: In the winter months when fresh produce isn’t as easy to come by, we used the dried counterparts. This is also a great “cheat” for those of you who don’t enjoy chopping! I fully encourage you to embrace these small cheats to make cooking keto easier!
You could further reduce the carb count of this keto chili by cutting the tomato paste and tomatoes by half.
3 Essential Ingredient Tips for Cooking Keto Chili
High Quality & Fresh
The secret to this Keto Chili recipe turning out with wonderful flavors are twofold. First, cook with high quality ingredients. Second, make sure your ingredients are fresh. If you have spices sitting around that have been there for years. Do me a favor. Toss them. Yup. All of them.
Then, follow the links below and order high quality spices. I’ve hand-selected this collection of spices for cooking this keto chili recipe– choosing organic when possible. Ordering online is generally the easiest (and least expensive) way to find all the ingredients.
If you don’t cook often, consider splitting the spices with a friend. You really should replace your spices every year (or two). This will transform your keto recipes into something truly special.
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Order the dried versions and substitute based on the conversions that come with each ingredient. This is a trick I use very often during the winter months when my local farmers markets are closed down and organic produce prices skyrocket due to less availability. There’s no shame in shortcuts when you’re cooking! Especially when you’re cooking keto!
Bloom Those Spices
No, No, No! Don’t just throw it all together in a crockpot! Blooming your spices is a very easy and critical step to this recipe. Watch the video to see just how easy blooming your spices can be. The result is a rich & flavorful chili that you just can’t get by throwing it all together and turning on the crockpot!
Use these tips to turn your mediocre keto dinner into something truly envy-worthy!
Substitutions For Meaty Chili (Keto)
Missing one or two of the spices in the list? No worries– you can mix/switch up the different chili powders and still get great results.
Want this chili to be a little lower carb?
Omit the tomato paste. It packs the biggest carb punch out of all the ingredients.
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Things Used in Meaty Chili (Keto)
Want to get the same spices I used in this keto chili recipe? Check them out here by clicking on each ingredient:
- Dried Jalapenos
- Dried Red Pepper
- Dried Garlic
- Dried Onions
- Cumin Powder
- Chipotle Chili Powder
- Ancho Chili Powder
- Chili Powder
- Dried Oregano
- Cayenne Pepper
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Coconut Aminos
- Tomato Paste
- Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis
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Tara is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who specializes in whole body health & wellness through holistic principles. Her passion is creating low-carb, grain-free, keto-friendly recipes and helping others learn the whole-body benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle.
When she isn't creating recipes in the kitchen, you can find her hanging with her kids, immersed in a good book, traveling with her husband, attending various educational conferences or just relaxing with her four cats!