Low Carb Chili (Crock Pot or Stove Top)

It took me a few go-arounds to make a low carb chili that was “blog-worthy.”  This one was great and everyone enjoyed it… the low-carbers and non-low carbers alike.  The addition of cinnamon and all spice gives it an international flair and will perk up your taste-buds!  This is a mild to medium chili if you add the jalapeno 

This makes approx. 10 cups of chili

Each cup has approx. 4.85 g. of net carbs per cup.

A 2 cup bowl would have approx. 9.7 g. of net carbs.

2 lbs ground beef or beef stew meat
8 ounces of fresh sliced mushrooms (I use baby bella mushrooms) [adds approx 6 g. net carbs]
(1) 32 ounce box of beef broth (this is about 4 cups) [adds approx. 4 g. carbs]
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste [adds approx. 25 g. net carbs]
1 medium chopped green pepper [adds approx. 3.52 g. net carbs]
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
3/4 cup of diced yellow onion [adds approx. 9 g. net carbs]
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce [adds approx. 1 g. carb]
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 dashes of all spice
1 jalapeno de-seeded and diced (this does not make it spicy – it just adds flavor)
Red pepper flakes or hot sauce (optional – these will add heat)

Crock Pot Directions:
Brown the meat and onion in a pan on your stove top and then drain it.  Add it to the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

Stove Top Directions:
Brown the meat and onion in a large pot. Drain any extra juices and add the remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer until it is fully cooked and the meat is tender. 

Tip: When using stew meat, I like to dice it into small uniform chunks.

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  1. Since going low carb and my love for chili, I decided one day to sub out the chili beans for drained french style green beans. I loved it and is one of my all time favorite soups.

  2. Ooh great idea! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Hello, This chili is awesome ! I am using an Android app called “Lose it”. Do you know the nutrition facts for this recipe? Mainly the calories per serving, fiber, and protein? As you already mentioned the carbs. Thanks

  4. Absolutely love this chili! The mushrooms make it so hearty that I didn’t even miss the beans 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. Do you think canned black soybeans would be good in this recipe?

  6. Black soy beans work beautifully. I made the recipe 2 days ago with the black soy beans. Perfect chili 🙂

  7. Hey, I started on keto about 2 weeks ago and I was kinda looking for something that would last me 2-3 days for lunch/dinner. I haven’t bought a crockpot yet (but I will!) but it’s cool you can make this for stovetop as well! I almost never have mushrooms, all spice, or chilli powder, so I do without it, but I do have everything else. This is really really good, and it has surprisingly almost no calories per serving. I usually need 2 cups to get full but dinner is where I splurge on carbs. Thank you for this heaps!

  8. I am thinking of my chili recipe and can’t for the life of me think of an ingredient in it that is high carb…what are you taking out of your recipe to make it “low carb”?

  9. michael kerrigan says:

    lovely looking grub

  10. Just made this chilli and it was AWESOME! A Completely different taste than I am use to. My husband just finished his 2nd bowl. NO beans NO problem. This one’s a keeper for sure. THANKS!

  11. Jane Leary says:

    This sounds like a great recipe to try. I was wondering if anyone has used ground turkey instead of ground beef or stew beef. Everyone keeps telling me how much better the ground turkey is for you. What does it do, if anything, for the carb count? I think I will try it this week. The weather is supposed to turn colder. Jane in Worcester, MA

  12. Is there a way to print this? Or copy it and paste it into a word document?

  13. Has anyone tried substituting ground turkey?

    • Christine says:

      You could definitely sub turkey. I just prefer the taste of grass-fed beef over turkey.

  14. Bill Griffith says:

    I have never left a comment about a recipe before, but this one deserved my first. If it is truly low carb, this is a great alternative to traditional chili. I didn’t realize I was out of Cinnamon and All Spice so I left those out and added a few flakes of red pepper but this was great. Did it in the crock pot and will double the recipe next time so its around for more than a day. If you are craving chili and have gone low carb, this is the one to go with.

  15. If I don’t precook the meat, can I leave it in the crock pot for 10 hours? That’s how long I’m gone for work during the day and I see most crock pot recipes are for 3-6 hours, which seems to defeat the purpose of a crock pot for me. Thanks!

  16. I am cooking this for the first time. Mind you, I am no cook but am learning. I did not have beef broth but did have vegetable broth so used that. I will post later on how it turned out. Thanks for the recipe.

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