30 Minute Low Carb Beef Chili

30 Minute Low Carb Beef Chili made with ground beef or turkey, tomatoes, peppers, and plenty of spice for a delicious and easy chili that is surprisingly low carb. This keto chili is warm, comforting, and works for any low carb diet.

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This Keto Beef Chili is packed with chili flavor without the carbs! By leaving the beans out of this keto chili, you can enjoy it on any low carb diet. Plus with under 300 calories and 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints, it's a guilt free way to enjoy chili. This Easy Turkey Chili and Low Carb Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili are also delicious chili options.

Beef chili is one of my favorite things to make ahead of time for fast and hearty weekday lunches. Not only do I enjoy it as a dish on its own, I also love adding low carb chili to leftover spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, and mashed butternut squash. This version stays low carb by eliminating the beans and adding some veggies instead. I usually stick to lower calorie vegetables like zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, or cauliflower. You could also use butternut squash depending on how you daily carb limit.

This recipe always freezes well. To make for easy portions, I usually freeze my chili in a large silicone ice cube tray or in a parchment lined jumbo muffin tin. Fill each one with chili and then place in the freezer for at least four hours. Once everything is frozen, you can pop them into a ziploc bag and pull out individual portions from the freezer. You can reheat them in the microwave or a small saucepan.

Lastly, you can't talk about chili without talking about the toppings. If you are following a low carb diet, you will want to stick to low carb options like shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, green onion, diced onion, or pork rinds. 

Low Carb Beef Chili in a ceramic bowl with cheese and green onion.

Topping Ideas for Low Carb Chili

  • Avocado:  Avocado or guacamole is a great topping for chili and also can help to mellow out the heat.
  • Cheese: Cheese and chili are the perfect pair. Try some shredded sharp cheddar, queso fresco, mozzarella, or something unexpected like goat cheese.
  • Onions: Diced onions are a classic chili topping for a reason. They add some freshness, bite, and texture.
  • Cilantro: Add a hint of freshness with some cilantro. You could also use parsley if cilantro isn't your thing.
  • Pork rinds: If you are missing the crunch of tortilla chips, use some pork rinds instead. They are low carb and add tons of crunch.
  • Sour cream: For a creamy element, add a big dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt.

Is this keto friendly? 

The keto diet usually focused on low carb, high fat, medium protein recipes with many people aiming to eat less than 20 grams of carbs daily. This low carb chili recipe clocks in with only 12 grams of carbs per serving, but you may want to make some adjustments to make it a truly keto chili. First off, many people on keto diets, try to avoid tomatoes. If you want to use fewer tomatoes, you could replace the diced tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and add an extra 1.5 cups of beef broth. You can also use 80-85% ground beef instead of the lean beef. Lastly, you could add in a few slices of chopped bacon at the beginning to add extra fat and flavor.

Is this Atkins friendly?

This chili works great for anyone following an Atkins diet. It contains ingredients that are allowed on Atkins and has only 8 grams of net carbs. For those wondering, net carbs is calculated by subtracting grams dietary fiber from grams of carbohydrates.

Can I make a low carb slow cooker beef chili?

Definitely! The best way to cook this chili in the crockpot is to saute the onions, garlic, peppers, and ground beef as directed. Then add that to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients, except the zucchini. Cook it on low for 4-8 hours. During this time the flavors will deepen. Add the zucchini about 30 minutes before it finished cooking so that it doesn't overcook.

How can I make this with turkey?

You can easily swap in ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork for the beef in this recipe. If you are looking to make a keto or Atkins chili, choose a dark meat turkey. For a lower calorie or more Weight Watchers friendly recipe, use 99% lean ground turkey. In fact this is a zero point recipe if you use 99% lean ground turkey or chicken. 

What other vegetables can I use in this chili? Are beans low carb?

There are all kinds of vegetables that you can use to make a low carb chili. This recipe calls for zucchini but I also love to make it with mushrooms, cauliflower, and turnips. These are all great bean replacements since beans aren't low carb. If you absolutely don't want to give up the beans, you could opt for a lower carb bean like a black soy bean. It tastes similar to black beans but has significantly fewer carbs.

Here are some of the products I used when making this recipe.

  • Slow Cooker: There are so many different slow cookers on the market but I personally use this one that allows me to brown, sear, or saute in the same pan. Plus I find the cooking temperature to be really even and consistent.
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Low carb chili in a bowl with ground beef and cheese.

30 Minute Low Carb Beef Chili

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  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 lbs 95% lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp chili powder or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 14 oz fire roasted canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 zucchini, chopped

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Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add the onion, garlic, and poblano pepper. Once fragrant after 2-3 minutes, add the beef and brown until no longer pink.


Season with salt and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and season if needed.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275
Calories from Fat 16
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 94mg
Sodium 762mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 7g
Protein 37g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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