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Low Carb Chili

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Servings :10 Servings
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins


  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef 80/20
  • Mild Tasting Oil (see notes below) as needed
  • 2 Cups Yellow Onions chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper more if you like spice!
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 - 14 oz Cans Canned Diced Tomatoes no salt added
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth


  • Add beef to a large saucepan and cook on medium heat.
  • Break the meat up with a wooden spoon as you brown.
  • Once meat is no longer pink, pull it out of the pan and place it on a paper towel lined plate to remove any excess grease, leaving grease in the pan (if there isn’t enough grease left, add some vegetable oil).
  • Add onions and bell peppers. Cook until onions are translucent and soft.
  • Add garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, and oregano. Stir until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  • Add meat back to pan with salt, pepper, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and bay leaves.
  • Bring contents of the pan to an aggressive simmer, and simmer uncovered for 1 hour, 45 minutes to 2 hours — or until the sauce is thick (see note below).

Lindsey's Tips

Mild Tasting Oil. You want an oil with a high smoke point and mild flavor -- think avocado, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, peanut. Skip EVOO, coconut, or sesame oil.
Cook times vary based on the size of your pot, the type of pot, your burners and the type of simmer. The time listed above is how long is took me to cook the chili until most of the liquid evaporated. You may need to cook it longer to achieve the same results.
This chili isn't super spicy. If you like spice add more cayenne pepper.
To cut some carbs: Add less onion. The bell pepper can be left out.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1335mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1045IU | Vitamin C: 30.3mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg
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