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Low Carb Chili

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Low Carb Chili

Low Carb Chili

(c) Phylameana lila Desy
This delicious chili recipe is our family's favorite with one minor exception. For years I've used pinto beans when preparing it. But I have since discovered that kidney beans and black beans have fewer carb-counts than pintos. I still prefer the taste and texture of pintos over another bean choice, but choosing another bean is a small sacrifice to make when trying to stay within low-carb guidelines. Even with the simple bean-exchange this recipe still makes a very yummy bowl of chili.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


  • One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • One-half cup diced yellow onion
  • One sixteen ounce can of kidney or black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • One and a half pounds ground sirloin (lean beef)
  • One-half green pepper (chopped)
  • 46 fluid ounce bottle of tomato juice (or V8 juice)
  • Three teaspoons chili powder (for personal tast preference use more or less )
  • One teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dashes of Tabasco Sauce or chopped jalepeno (optional)
  • One medium-sized diced tomato (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional)


Brown the ground sirloin in skillet.

Lightly saute onions and green pepper in olive oil.

Combine ground sirlion and sauted onions/green-peppers mixture.

Stir in chili powder and cumin. Add beans and tomato juice.

If you like a spicier chili add the Tabasco and/or chopped jalapeno pepper.

Give everything a final stir and set the covered pot to simmer for at least one hour.

For a fresh taste and presentation top each serving bowl of chili with some freshly cubed pieces of tomato and fresh cilantro sprigs.

To make this a true low-carb meal, don't crumble saltines into your chili. But you can certainly offer them to guests who are not watching their carb intake.

Servings for six.

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 3 out of 5
a few modifications, Member cricket_0408

Use tomato sauce and a couple cans of stewed tomatoes or tomatoes with green chilis instead of tomato juice. 1 can of chili beans instead of kidney or lima. Actually, the only thing I did the same was saute the veggies. I also added red peppers to the green and onions.

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