Classic Keto Chili {Paleo & Whole30}

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This Classic Paleo, Whole30, and Low Carb Keto Chili recipe is easy, filling, and comforting when its cold outside.  It’s made with ground beef and a simple blend of homemade spices, tomatoes, and chilies – you will never even miss the beans! 

two white bowls with chili


classic keto chili

This is my mom’s classic chili recipe that I’ve eaten since I was a little girl. Now that I’m grown with a family of my own, it’s the recipe I make for them too. I’ve just made a few simple tweaks to make it Whole30, Paleo & Keto compliant.

It’s a traditional, classic chili recipe that’s easy, filling, and comforting when its cold outside.  It’s made with ground beef and simple blend of homemade spices, tomatoes, and chilies – you will never even miss the beans!

While most chili recipes are naturally gluten free, not all are Paleo and Keto. Not only do many chili recipes rely on beans – which are not paleo, keto, or low carb, some people put masa (corn flour found in the Mexican food section) in their chili to give it an earthy, corn-like taste. But even when we did eat corn, my entire family preferred it without.

Also, if you’d like your chili to have some heat to it, just add 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, I never do this because we don’t really like spicy food, but it’s totally up to you! I hope this recipe becomes a staple in your family like it is in ours.  😊

easy classic chili in 2 steps

browned meat and onion in pot

Start by browning 2 pounds of hamburger meat (I prefer organic and grass-fed) along with 1 small onion.


chili in pot before being simmered

Drain off the fat, if desired, then add 2 cloves garlic, diced tomatoes with green chilies, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, basil, oregano, sea salt, and cayenne pepper (if using).

Cover and simmer 30 to 40 minutes to allow all the flavors to blend together and serve.


Overhead shot of 2 white bowls with chili



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two white bowls with chili

Classic Keto Chili {Paleo & Whole30}

This gluten free and Paleo classic chili recipe is easy, filling, and comforting. This is a staple in our house and a must-have recipe
This recipe can easily be doubled, then frozen in individual portions to enjoy later 🙂
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Course: gluten free, keto, Main Course, paleo, whole30
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free chili, keto chili, low carb chili, paleo chili, whole30 chili
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Cassidy

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  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or oil of choice
  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef preferably organic and grass fed
  • 1/2 Large or 1 Small Onion finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 10 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes With Green Chili's (I use Ro-Tel)
  • 16 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper optional
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea Salt


  • Melt the coconut oil in large pan or dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the beef and onion and cook until beef is browned and onion is translucent, breaking the beef apart with a wooden spoon as cooking.
  • Drain off fat if desired.
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30-40 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as desired and serve hot. Easy and delicious!
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Nutrition Facts
Classic Keto Chili {Paleo & Whole30}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 478 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 847mg 35%
Potassium 859mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 38.8%
Vitamin C 8.4%
Calcium 11.2%
Iron 40.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.

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Posted March 13, 2019 by Cassidy in Egg Free, Keto, Nut Free, Paleo, Whats For Dinner?, Whole30 / 3 Comments


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3 responses to “Classic Keto Chili {Paleo & Whole30}

  1. This looks like my husband’s kind of chili – he really doesn’t like beans. I’d be tempted to sneak in some veggies on him and the idea mentioned above of eggplant sounds really tasty!

  2. Shanna

    Another goodie! We also add diced eggplant. Put it in when you add the meat. It soaks up the good fats from the meat cooking and turns soft. Basically, its the beans in the chili. 🙂 (Oh, and smoked paprika is awesome in chili.)

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