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Keto Crockpot Chili – Low Carb Beef Chili

Keto Crockpot Chili – Low Carb Beef Chili

Hearty, comforting and immensely satisfying, a little messy too! That’s what I love about chili, and when cooked in a Crock-pot, it basically cooks itself!

You know what that means, right? More time to spend doing what you like and spending time with your loved ones.

Talking about quality time, sharing a spicy and meaty bowl of chili with friends and family is a bonding experience; the colorful dish is just so friendly — it connects people.

Today I’ll show you how I make a non-bean keto chili that’s as healthy as it is delicious. Here’s all you need to know about it.


What Is Chili And Is It Ok On Keto ?

Known initially as Chili con Carne (chili with meat), Chili is a Texan classic, and it’s inspired by Mexican food’s vibrant flavors.

Chili is always tomato-based. It relies on beans and ground beef amongst garlic and onions, to deliver a one-pot, hearty meal that cowboys would very much appreciate after a long day working the fields.

The most distinctive ingredient in Chili is the hot chili peppers, of course. Nothing beats the thrill of having a spoonful of steamy, coating and spicy Chili, and although heat may vary, most Chili is quite spicy. That’s why we love it, right?

Is chili keto? Well, that’s an interesting question, and the answer is yes, but only with a necessary modification. You must skip the beans.

Beans, like all legumes, are excellent sources of protein, which is what you want in a keto meal, but they’re also packed with carbs. Chili is super keto-compatible as long as you don’t add beans.

The good news is that you can still enjoy a flavorful broth, lots of meat and even cheese; we could describe a bowl of chili as everything we love in the same bowl.


Why Cook Chili in a Crockpot?

Crock-Pots or slow cookers are ideal for putting together stews and soups, including chili. All the ingredients merge and combine, creating flavorful meals, and you don’t lose the ingredients’ nutrition — that’s the magic behind cooking chili low-and-slow.

Slow cookers are fantastic if you plan ahead. It does take seven hours for your chili to cook to perfection, meaning it’s a good idea to let it cook overnight. This also means you don’t have to be in the kitchen constantly stirring, which is definitively a big plus.

On the other hand, your Crock-pot won’t help you if you need to cook dinner in just a few hours.

The good news is that you can use the same recipe below and prepare your chili on the stovetop in about two hours.

Ingredient Rundown

Here’s all you need to cook a delicious pot of Crock-pot keto chili.

Let’s start with the ground beef. You want premium ground beef but make sure it’s not too lean; you want some fat in there; anywhere between a lean to fat ratio of 70-30 to 90-10 will work just fine. After all, all the meat’s flavor is in the fat.

We’ll also need some onions, which we’ll caramelize nicely with the meat. Then there’re the tomatoes, which are an essential ingredient — you want to use both canned tomatoes and tomato paste to get the right color and texture.


The rest is the seasonings and spices, starting with green hot peppers (think jalapeño), cumin powder, salt and pepper.


Finally, we’ve got the toppings because no chili bowl is complete without a hefty addition of grated cheese, avocado cubes, and perhaps a drizzle of sour cream — your chili, your rules.


Equipment Needed

For our keto chili, we’re using a slow cooker, better known as Crock-pot, for the most popular brand.

You’ll also need a large skillet to caramelize the onions and brown the meat. This step is essential; you should never add raw meat to your slow-cooker. It’s not that the appliance can’t handle it, but it breaks down, and you don’t get that lovely caramelized meaty crust.

That’s basically all you need. Well, a sharp knife and a cutting board will come in handy, too, but as you see, this recipe is for the lazy in you, for when you don’t feel like cooking but still want a heavenly meal that’ll feed an entire army. That’s chili.


Substitutions and Variations

Chili is a dish you’ll find easy to adapt to your tastes. The first thing you want to do is tune the heat to your liking, from super spicy to not spicy at all.

You can also substitute ground beef for ground pork or turkey, depending on your preferences, and it comes without saying you can throw in every veggie you want into your Crock-pot. Broccoli, carrots and cauliflower florets are popular additions, but you can literally anything you have in hand.

Let’s cook this amazing chili and enjoy a comforting meal, Texas-style!


Keto Crockpot Chili -Low Carb Beef Chili

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours 50 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours

Who knew you could have chili with all your favorite flavors without the beans? This keto crockpot chili recipe hits all the marks. Get creative using low carb toppings like sour cream and cheese or extra veggies. Yum!


  • 2 lb ground beef
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 15 oz can tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 4 oz can green chilis
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 avocado, cubed


  1. In a large pot, add oil over medium heat.  
  2. Add onions and cook until translucent.
  3. Next, add the ground beef and cook until browned, Move the mixture in a Crockpot.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, chilis and seasonings.  
  5. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 7 hours.
  6. Add ¼ cup water if you’d like your chili with more liquid. 
  7. Serve warm with cheese and avocados

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 28gCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 35g

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