No Bean Low Carb Chili

No Bean Low Carb Chili

No Bean Low Carb Chili

We grew some red hot chili peppers this year in the garden. I don’t remember the name of the variety, but they looked like this:

Fresh Red Hot Chili Peppers

Fresh Red Hot Chili Peppers

The peppers were green on the plant most of the summer. It wasn’t until late summer that they all started to turn red. I was surprised at how many peppers shot off the small plant we planted. I was told that these peppers can be dried and used as a seasoning throughout the year. They are a hot pepper, though not the hottest you can get. For this chili recipe I chopped up the fresh peppers with a hand chopper.

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Chopped Chili Peppers

Chopped Chili Peppers

Since I wanted the chili to be low carb, I omitted the beans and used canned black olives. I suppose I could have used black soy beans, but I didn’t have any on hand. The small amount of cinnamon also gives it a unique flavor. The amount of hot peppers I used was perfect. I didn’t measure, but it was around 1/4 cup, maybe a little less. In all, I used one regular sized pepper and two small ones. I will definitely be making this recipe again.

Low Carb Chili

Low Carb Chili

No Bean Low Carb Chili

No Bean Low Carb Chili


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 can tomato paste, 6 ounce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 can can black olives, 2.25 oz, sliced
  • ¼ cup chili peppers, finely chopped


  1. Brown ground beef in large pot and drain out fat. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then simmer about 2 hours.


Makes 6 servings

Carbs per serving: about 5g

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  1. Melody says

    This was great tonight! A hit with the entire family. I did not have a fresh red pepper so put in a small can of Hatch green peppers. Also added in a can of tomato sauce. Let it simmer until it thickened. Those not LCHF ate over Frito’s but I had it without. In our rotation from now on….

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