This delicious low carb all meat chili recipe is full of flavor, and with four different meats you and your kids will never miss the beans!
I don’t know about you, but I love chili!
My husband loves chili.
And now that I’ve ditched the beans, my kids all love chili too.
When it comes to cooking dinner, I tend to make what I like.
After all, if I’m cooking it, shouldn’t I enjoy eating it?
It basically comes down to my not adding all the ingredients all at once.
I often serve meals “bar style” so everyone puts together their own plate or bowl based on different dietary needs and preferences.
But chili was always a tough one.
I got so tired of hearing the kids grumble under their breath as they picked out the beans.
After all, the beans really need to cook in the sauce to take on the flavor of the seasonings, right?
When I started following the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle where you generally don’t combine fats and carbs in the same meal, it hit me.
Why not make chili without the beans?
I remembered my roommate from college used to make chili using several different meats, so I decided to give it a try.
My hearty meat lover’s chili is the result.
The recipe features four different meats: ground beef, ground pork, ground chorizo sausage (or spicy pork breakfast sausage), and diced steak.
On really special nights, I throw in some crumbled bacon too!
This chili is filled with lots of healthy veggies like diced bell peppers, onion, and green chiles for even more flavor.
Sometimes I’ll dice up a jalapeno too.
I’ve even added diced zucchini and yellow squash!
Honestly, pretty much anything goes in the pot for this low carb all meat chili.
Never any beans.
At least not at my house!
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Tips for Making This All Meat Chili
I like making my chili in a slow cooker.
It’s one of those meals that’s super easy to prep in the morning.
And it smells wonderful cooking all day.
There’s nothing like having dinner basically ready before nine in the morning!
But you can also make it on the stovetop and it’ll be ready to eat in an hour.
Whether you make this low carb chili in a slow cooker or on the stove, you start by browning the meat.
Mom quick tip 1: Did you know you can add 1/2-cup of water to raw ground meat before you begin browning it and it cooks up fine without lots of chunks.
You definitely need to drain the meat before adding it to the chili because this much meat creates a lot of fat.
Mom quick tip 2: Most meat is sold in 1-lb amounts. Brown double the amount of meat in the recipe and then put half of it in the freezer after draining it for your next batch!
While the meat is cooking, chop up all the veggies and put them in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Mom quick tip 3: Chop up double the veggies! They freeze well too. Pop them in the freezer bag along with the meat you already browned and your next batch of chili can be ready in five minutes!
You’ve done most of the work necessary to make this easy all meat chili.
Now you’re just opening and dumping cans, and adding some seasonings.
I love the flavor of mild green chiles in my chili.
In fact, I love them so much, I use canned tomatoes with extra green chiles mixed in!
This new fire-roasted tomato version of Ro-Tel has so much flavor.
Add the can of crushed tomatoes too.
Then add the browned meat and seasonings.
My family likes chili that packs a punch, so there’s a fair amount of spice in the seasonings for this recipe.
If your family prefers a milder level of heat, you may want to reduce the chipotle powder and hot sauce.
How much broth should you add?
Every family seems to like their chili a little different.
Some like it thick.
Others like it more like soup.
You can skip the broth altogether if you like a thick chili, or add all four cups if you like it soupier.
Not sure how much you need?
Start by adding one cup, then add more until it’s perfect for your crew.
How to Serve Your Chili
When it’s time to serve your chili, have fun with how you serve it!
This is when everyone can get creative.
Set out bowls of shredded cheese, diced onions, chopped avocado, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and if you really want to make it special, bacon!
If you have family members who aren’t low carb, be sure to offer strips of tortillas, and roasted corn.
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There are really no rules here!
Except no beans.
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