A low carb chili recipe that’s easy to make and full of flavor. This beanless chili can be made mild or spiced up with more hot chili peppers.
We grew some red hot chili peppers this year in the garden. Since we had so many, I used them to spice up a low carb chili without beans. It’s difficult to come up with a no carb chili, but this recipe does have fewer carbs than my chili made with canned tomatoes.
The peppers I used 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. Since I wanted a beanless chili recipe, I omitted the beans and used canned black olives instead. I suppose I could have used black soy beans, but I didn’t have any on hand.
How to make low carb chili
To begin, about 1 to 2 pounds of ground beef is browned over medium high heat in a large pot or Dutch oven. An Instant Pot can be used as well on the saute setting.
While the meat is being cooked, it’s a good time to chop up the fresh peppers. A hand chopper can be used to speed things up. With hot peppers, it’s a good idea to wear gloves when chopping.
Keep in mind, when working with hot peppers, you need to be careful not to get the juice near your eye. I provide warning based on my own experience. It’s important to practice safety in the kitchen!
I didn’t measure the amount of peppers I used, but it was around 1/4 cup, maybe a little less. In all, I used one regular sized pepper and two small ones in this low carb chili recipe.
Once the ground beef is brown, all the other ingredients are added. I add a small amount of cinnamon because it enhances the flavor. I thought the amount of hot peppers used was just right, but feel free to adjust the amount to your own preferences.
Using an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
This easy low carb chili can be made in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker rather than on the stove top. It’s basically the same process with slightly different cooking times.
For the Instant Pot, after sauteing the ground beef until browned, just add in the remaining ingredients. The saute setting is canceled and the lid is locked into place. Then, the beanless chili is cooked on high pressure for ten minutes. When the time is up, just let it come to a natural pressure release before opening the valve and lid.
To make the chili in a crock pot, just add all the ingredients into the pot. Then let it slow cook for about 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
Thoughts on the beanless chili
My family absolutely loves this low carb chili recipe without beans. Beans are just a cheap filler anyway, like rice. Most fillers are very starchy. The black olives add flavor as well as healthy fat.
I will definitely be making this beanless chili recipe again. It makes a fabulous low carb meal for lunch or a light dinner. And it’s a great recipe to make for game days or when gathering with friends or family.
How do you like your chili? With bean or without? Hot or spicy? Or, maybe you like Texas style chili.
Other Low Carb Chili Recipes
If you like this recipe, you’ll want to give some of my other keto chili recipes a try:
- Crock Pot White Turkey Chili
- Low Carb Paleo White Chicken Chili
- Turkey Pumpkin Chili
- Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili
- Chunky No Bean Chili
Kitchen Tools Used
Low Carb Chili – No Beans
- 3 cups water
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 cup onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce check ingredients for paleo
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 3 bay leaves
- 2.25 ounces sliced black olives
- 1/4 cup chili peppers finely chopped
- Brown ground beef in large pot and drain out fat.
- Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil. Then simmer about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Net Carbs 5g
- % Carbs: 8%
- % Protein: 41.6%
- % Fat: 50.4%
Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
Post updated in March 2019. Originally published September 2010.