Meaty Chili (Keto)

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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 small portions. I like to freeze it in a half cup portion and a 1 ½ cup portion. The 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.

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 14 servings at 3/4 cup each.

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  1. In a medium sized dutch oven or pan, heat ½ cup avocado oil for a few minutes until it shimmers.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Cook hamburger for an additional 10 minutes or until no pink remains.
  6. Finally, we’re ready to add the tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Add these to the simmering pan and stir them in carefully.
  7. Simmer your chili for 1-2 hours on low heat.
  8. Garnish your completed keto dinner with real sour cream & shredded cheese.
Recipe Notes

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.

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Nutrition Facts for 1 Serving (3/4 C) Keto Chili

Nutrition Facts
Meaty Chili (Keto)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 704mg 29%
Potassium 284mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 41%
Calcium 4%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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 above and order high quality spices. I’ve hand-selected this collection of spices for cooking keto– 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.

Hate chopping?

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!

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