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.
Here's the Meaty Chili (Keto) Recipe…
Things I used in this recipe:
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Nutrition Facts for 1 Serving (3/4 C) Keto Chili
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.
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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