|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 19g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||36%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||60%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This is a recipe for meat lovers. Our no-bean chili is filling and easy to make—the hard work is on your crock pot. A small, 20-minute investment in preparation is all that you need to make it. Hearty and flavorful, this chili is a great weeknight meal that you can prep in the morning and serve for dinner. It's also a perfect meal-prep day dish that you can refrigerate and freeze in individual portions for later use.
Our recipe is a great template for you to personalize by adding more vegetables, making it spicier, or topping it in your favorite way, with all sorts of crunchy and decadent ingredients. This recipe is naturally gluten free, and it's also low in carbohydrates. Lean ground beef is a delicious and protein-filled option, but if you're keener on chicken or turkey, those are great alternatives as the chili will come out equally flavorful. Serve this dish with a side of cornbread, tortillas, or perhaps steamed rice for a wholesome meal.
2 pounds lean ground beef, or cubed lean stewing beef
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, optional
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or cayenne, optional
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, stirring to break it up.
When the meat is no longer pink, drain it and spoon it into the slow cooker.
Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, stewed tomatoes, if using, and the chili powder.
Mix well and add the salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Add hot sauce if desired. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
Veggies, Meats, Toppings
This chili recipe is perfect for adding other tasty and filling ingredients.
- Veggies: Add 1 cup of chopped onions, 1 to 2 minced cloves of garlic, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped bell pepper to the skillet while you cook the ground beef. To add natural sweetness, add 1 carrot, either finely chopped, shredded, or julienned.
- Legumes: If you miss the texture and flavor of beans, add a can of your favorite type. Drain 1 can of pinto beans, black beans, or kidney beans, and add it about an hour before the chili is done.
- Spicy additions: Add a few tablespoons of minced jalapeño peppers to the crock pot. Alternatively, to have some chile pepper flavor without the heat, add 1 (4-ounce) can of mild chopped green chiles.
- Meat: Substitute 1 pound of ground lean beef for 1 pound of ground lean pork or sausage meat.
- Toppings: Serve the chili with shredded cheese, green onions, oyster crackers, guacamole, chopped cilantro, pico de gallo, sour cream, or any salsa of your liking.
How to Make Chili Powder
There is no need to buy premade chili powder when you can make your own with spices you probably already have in the pantry:
Combine 2 teaspoons of garlic powder with 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika, and 1 teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and dried leaf oregano. For a milder chili powder, reduce the cayenne by half.