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Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili

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This chili recipe uses both minced beef and sirloin steak. It's full of flavour and really filling, especially when served with my Low-carb Tortillas or Nachos.

For really bold flavours, make the chili ahead, refrigerate and serve the next day. All the spices will blend together and make the flavour more intense. This hearty chili is a staple in my house!

Optionally, you can serve this keto chili with:

  • Low-carb Tortillas/ Nachos, + 1.5 g net carbs per serving
  • Cauli-rice, a cup per serving (120 g/ 4.2 oz), +3.6 g net carbs
  • Avocado, 1/2 per serving (100 g/ 3.5 oz), +1.8 g net carbs per serving

Hands-on Overall

Serving size about 1 1/4 cups, no side

Allergy information for Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili

✔  Gluten free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 1/4 cups, no side)

Net carbs6.4 grams
Protein38.7 grams
Fat42 grams
Calories571 kcal
Calories from carbs 5%, protein 28%, fat 67%
Total carbs9.3 gramsFiber2.9 gramsSugars2.8 gramsSaturated fat19.1 gramsSodium1,432 mg(62% RDA)Magnesium103 mg(26% RDA)Potassium925 mg(46% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 500 g minced beef (1.1 lb)
  • 2 large sirloin or rump steaks (500 g/ 1.1 lb)
  • 3 tbsp ghee or lard (45 g/ 1.6 oz)
  • 1 medium white onion (110 g/ 3.9 oz)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree, unsweetened (62 g/ 2.2 oz)
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos (30 ml)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (30 ml)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika, regular or smoked
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened (10 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cup bone broth, vegetable stock or chicken stock (360 ml/ 12 fl oz) (you can make your own bone broth)
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped (240 g/ 8.5 oz)
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (113 g/ 4 oz)
  • Optional: 1/2-1 cup black coffee


  1. Peel and dice the onion and garlic. Place the onion and garlic on a pan greased with ghee and cook over a medium-high heat until fragrant and lightly golden. Mix to prevent burning. Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili
  2. Dice the sirloin into 1-inch pieces and add to the pan together with the minced beef. Cook over a medium-high heat until browned from all sides. Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili
  3. Mix all the dry spices: chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, black pepper and dried oregano. Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili
  4. Add the dry spices, tomato puree and bay leaves to the pan with the beef. Season with salt and mix well. Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili
  5. Pour in the coconut aminos, fish sauce and bone broth. Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili
  6. Reduce the heat, cover the pan with lid and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the meat is tender. Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili
  7. Halve, deseed and slice the green pepper and add it to the pan. Cover with the lid and gently simmer for about 10 minutes. Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili
  8. When done, take off the heat and set aside. Remove the bay leaves (if you used whole). Once chilled, store in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili
  9. Serve with shredded cheese on top. Try with Low-carb Tortillas / Nachos or Cauli-rice. Enjoy! Low-Carb & Keto Mexican Chili

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 1/4 cups, no side)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g14.3 g16.7 g212 kcal
Beef, rump steak (sirloin), raw
0 g17.3 g9.3 g158 kcal
Onion, white, fresh
1.4 g0.2 g0 g7 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.6 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Tomato purée (paste, unsweetened)
0.7 g0.2 g0 g4 kcal
Coconut aminos (substitute to soy sauce)
0.3 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Fish sauce
0.2 g0.3 g0 g2 kcal
Chile (chili) powder, spices (ancho, chipotle, Mexican chile powder)
0.2 g0.2 g0.2 g4 kcal
Cumin, spices
0.2 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Pepper, cayenne, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Oregano, dried
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Bay leaf, dried
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Cocoa powder, raw (cacao)
0.4 g0.4 g0.2 g4 kcal
Keto bone broth
0.2 g0.9 g1.5 g18 kcal
0 g0 g7.5 g68 kcal
Peppers, green bell, fresh
1.2 g0.3 g0.1 g8 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cheddar cheese
0.6 g4.3 g6.3 g76 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 1/4 cups, no side
6.4 g38.7 g42 g571 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (17)

I made this yesterday and followed the recipe to the letter, except I reduced the bone broth to one cup as I wanted to transfer it to my Crock Pot for a couple of hours. It was delicious and nicely spicy. At first, I was dubious that it would make six servings, and be a large enough portion for a dinner meal, but it was so rich that I could not eat my normal sized bowl! Great recipe.

Thank you Diane, I'm glad you enjoyed 😊 I appreciate your tips for a pressure cooker!

Hi Martina, is Lina again 😊 first of all I have to tell you, this chili recipe it’s absolutely amazing!!! It’s the new staple at our home!!
I need to ask you a couple of things.  
1. If there’s any information in your blog about the keto diet and how affects the period, PMS, cravings, and Overall any information about it, could you please link it?
2.What’s an ideal post workout snack for you?
Again, thank you for all you do!!!

Thank you so much Lina!
1. There are a few posts related to these topics - I think these should help:
Can the Ketogenic Diet Improve PCOS?
How To Low Carb: 15+ Common Weight Loss Mistakes
7 Keto Foods That Can Stall Your Progress
Appetite Control and Caloric Intake on Low-carb Ketogenic Diets
2. If you are asking generally, then either protein based snack or carb-based snack are the best options. High-fat meals are generally not recommended. But if you ask me, personally, almost every time it's none. I don't feel hungry or eat after my workouts unless it's dinnertime - which is again a lchf meal.
More info on carbs and post-workout nutrition: Ketogenic Nutrition and Exercise: Carbs
I hope this helps 😊

Hey I was wondering what you think you would need to do to make this recipe slow cooker friendly?

If you plan to use a slow cooker, you'll need to reduce the amount of liquid ingredients, in this case bone broth. It depends how much sauce and how thick you want to make it (there is little to no evaporation in a slow cooker).

It would be so helpful if the nutrition info for your recipes were in your app, which I use. I doubled the recipe and can't tell exactly what proportion of the total my serving was. I would love to be able to enter my portion size in cups or ounces.

Hi Sadie, the Easy Keto Chili is in the app (and all of the other blog meals as well).
You can "clone" any meal directly in the Custom Meals. Search for "chili" > then tap on the meal you want to clone > tap on the "clone button" on the top, next to the "edit" button that looks like a pen. You can then adjust all the ingredients as you wish (you can use cups or ounces). I hope this helps!

Hi... Is the optional cup of black coffee to be enjoyed while cooking or to be included at some point in the recipe?

Hi Len, that's for cooking it - together with bone broth 😊

Hi Martina
Could you please specify how many grams of green pepper to use in this recipe.

Thanks for spotting that - it's all listed now (240 grams, 2 medium peppers).

Hi Martina
I cannot see in ingredients list green pepper but in the cooking instruction there is a green pepper. Could you please specify the quantity of it.
Thank you in advance.

Can I use tomato sauce instead of purée? What's the difference?

Hi Sarah, tomato puree is the same as tomato paste which is a lot more concentrated that tomato sauce. I hope this helps 😊

Quite spicy, VERY TASTY!! Love it! Thanks for sharing 😊

Thank you Katie!