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Low-Carb Chili Recipe

You Won't Even Miss the Beans in This Veggie-Full, Deliciously Low-Carb Chili

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I know what you're thinking: No beans? In chili?! But while beans are standard for this comfort food classic, you won't find them here. Sure, beans are a healthy source of protein and fibre, particularly for those who are plant-based, but when you're trying to follow a low-carb diet, they can come at a cost. While there's no reason to swear them off completely, you do have to eat them in smaller amounts. And I'm here to tell you that you don't need them in this flavourful, veggie-full chili.

One of the things that has helped me most in my health and fitness journey is filling my meals with high-volume and high-nutrient foods in place of carbs and other calorie-dense options. So, instead of eating a bowlful of pasta, I'll load up the dish with vegetables, which helps keep me satisfied without overeating. This chili does exactly that. In place of the beans, there's courgette, bell peppers, tomatoes, green chiles, and of course, ground meat for protein.

If there are any low-carb vegetables you'd like to substitute or add, feel free to tweak the recipe to better suit your taste. You can also get creative with other sources of protein, swapping the ground beef for chicken or turkey, or even tofu. Let's dig in!

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Low-Carb Chili

Original Recipe

Low-Carb Chili Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1/3 cup diced red onion
  3. 4 minced garlic cloves
  4. 1 pound ground beef
  5. 2 tablespoons cumin
  6. 1 tablespoon oregano
  7. 1 tablespoon paprika
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  11. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  12. 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  13. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  14. 2 cups chopped zucchini
  15. 1/4 cup diced green chile
  16. 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  17. 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  18. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  19. 1 cup tomato sauce
  20. 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  21. 1 bay leaf
  22. 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  23. Optional toppings: sour cream, cheese, avocado

Directions

  1. Add olive oil in a large pan or pot over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic.
  2. Add the ground beef with all the ground spices. Allow the meat to brown while breaking it apart with a wooden spoon or spatula so it doesn't clump up.
  3. Once the ground beef is done, add the zucchini, chile, bell peppers, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaf, and parsley.
  4. Bring to a rolling boil for three minutes. Then, reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 20 minutes. If you like your chili a bit thinner, feel free to add a little beef broth.
  5. Take off the heat and serve in a bowl with low-carb toppings like cheese, sour cream, or avocado slices.
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