Meat Lover's (No Bean) Chili Recipe

Low Carb chili or No Carb chili -- one that is keto-friendly, is easy to make in the crockpot slow cooker. The secret is to use a few varieties of meat, keep the spices flavorful and to not add beans.

Meat Lover's Chili Recipe: there's NO beans in this one! Stew meat, smoked andouille sausage, tomatoes, garlic, onion, cumin

I was challenged to see if I could make a low-carb, no bean chili. I know there are lots of people who don't need beans in their chili. 

I am not one of them.

or at least I THOUGHT I wasn't one of them. I stand corrected. Very very very corrected.

This is a great chili --- it has all the spice, kick, texture, and heartiness of chili but doesn't have a single bean. 

 I hate it when I'm wrong.

The Ingredients.
serves 8

2 pounds beef stew meat (frozen is fine)
10 ounces smoked andouille sausages, sliced
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes (whole can)
1 onion, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced (or about 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups beef broth

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. I didn't brown anything for this recipe, but merely plopped it all in and turned the slow cooker on. 

Load everything into your cooker --- meat, sausages, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and all the seasonings. 

Stir in the broth. 

Cover, and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. For chili, the longer the better, in my opinion -- get the flavors to really meld together and provide the meat an opportunity to fall apart.

If you'd like, you can help the meat out by shredding it completely with two large forks, or you can even pulse a few times with a handheld stick blender to naturally thicken the gravy/sauce (what do you call the juice in chili?). 

Serve with your favorite toppings. 

My kids really like the Scoops chips that Tostitos puts out -- they ate their bowls that way.

The Verdict.

I served this on a chili night to three other families, because I was eager to test out a no-bean version. 

The crock was scraped clean! I've made quite a few chilis the past few years, and love having a new one to share. I think you'll really enjoy it.

Have a great day! Here are a few other chili recipes you might enjoy, and feel free to share your favorites --- you can never have too many chili options!

pizza chili
enchilada chicken chili
white bean chili
poor man's chili
sweet potato chili (vegan!)
traditional chili
21-Ingredient chili

About "Going Keto" ----> I turned 40 this past November, and with a new number came a metabolism that no longer could eat without consequences. I had heard about the Keto Lifestyle from a few friends but thought it was "the bacon diet."

After some research, I gave it a try. Within a month, I had lost almost 10 pounds (and this is on a 5-foot frame!) practically effortlessly. I didn't "count" anything --  I just stuck to leanish meat, veggies, and a bit of full-fat dairy and cheese. I simply cut out all sugar and processed foods.

I feel good, my clothes fit a bit better, and I'm happier. So all in all I think that's a success!

There is truly no easier way to cook from scratch than to dump it all into the crockpot, push a button and walk away.

I've compiled a month's worth of Keto Friendly Slow Cooker Recipes in this ebook. It's for sale, because I spent time compiling and writing it and figured I should get paid for my efforts.


Low Carb chili or No Carb chili -- one that is keto-friendly, is easy to make in the crockpot slow cooker. The secret is to use a few varieties of meat, keep the spices flavorful and to not add beans.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at February 10, 2017

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What they say about this article

  1. I love chili, my husband hates beans. Now we can live happily ever after. You are better than a marriage counselor!

  2. Ohhh boy. I need those beans! I'll take your word for it, Steph!! :)

  3. Traditonal Texas chili never has beans, tomatoes, or onions, but personally, I prefer using all three of those ingredients.

  4. Stephanie this looks so good. It's perfect for my Paleo hubby. Oh and I'll be making it in my Ninja too.

  5. I have been looking for a recipe just like this! I hate beans (I think it's a texture thing), but I like the flavor of chili. Thank you!

  6. Yippee for a no-beans chili that you've already tested out with friends and family! Thanks, Steph!


  7. I made this for dinner tonight. Super good, but I would never call it a chili - it was far too thin to be chili. I ended up making some elbow macaroni to stir into it and it was a delicious beef noodle soup. Should it have been thicker?

  8. I made this yesterday (and reheated today for dinner) and it's yum!! I added bacon (didn't have that much meat) and used ground beef that I pre-browned (in my ninja, YEAH!!) and added some sweet potato (had them on hand and got the idea from the paleo blog recommended by Steph) It was great! Hubby, who doesn't like chili really liked and ate a huge bowl. I made some corn biscuits to go with it. I did cut back on the chili because my girls don't like heat, and used sweet Italian instead of Andouille. Still good :) THANK YOU for your help and sharing this recipe!

  9. Anonymous10/27/2012

    All I can say is WOW!!! That was wonderful. Next time I think I will either try a different sausage or less chili powder. I loved it but some of my family thought it was a little to spicy. Will definately make again. Also, I did us the stick blinder to shred the meat and that helped thicken it.

  10. Anonymous10/28/2012

    I'm just imagining how fall of the bone tender this must be, I love that it features stew meat vs just crumbled beef. Ah, what a comforting dish!

  11. First of all, you are amazing! I love, love, love your blog and use it almost daily. A true blessing.

    Onto business...I, too, am a bean aficionado, especially in my chili. However, I found this recipe is fabulous and makes my carnivorous hubby muy bueno! I, of course, make the chili powder too. A bit of advice, though, is to take care of those chilis on the BBQ...that is, IF you want to breathe!

    Thanks, again! I look forward to MORE of you and your phenomenal recipes!

  12. This recipe won my church's chili cook off! I added another pound of stew meat and can of tomatoes. I seared up the meat with a little flour to thicken and briefly hit it with the stick blender at the end. People raved!

  13. Yay, Stephanie! I'm so glad you reported back! congratulations on your win! ;-)

  14. Love this chili! Made it for dinner a couple weeks ago and we happily ate the leftovers for three days and never tired of it. My husband is allergic to beans so I was happy to find such a simple, yummy recipe that I didn't have to worry about substituting for consistency stake.

  15. My kids LOVE this chili!! Thanks so much!!

  16. I love this chili! Every time I make it at work, I get raving reviews! I just wanted to share, since I can't (and won't) take credit for it all.

  17. Thank you so much for this recipe! I made this last night and it was such a hit! My husband kept raving about it and he's never a fan of chili. I used angus beef and a case of the sweet italian sausage from trader joes. I did brown the meat and onion before putting it in the crock pot because I only had 6 hours til dinner time and it was perfect! The meat was fall apart and it was so tasty! Thank you for my first day of October supper inspiration. I made it with corn bread and salad and it was perfect topped with some cheddar and a dollop of sour cream, just like you showed. Thank you again! Happy tummies at my house.

  18. I just won first place in my work chili cook off with reciepe. there were 14 was a hit the only one without leftovers!!!

  19. This recipe is perfect -- my boyfriend doesn't like beans but I love making chili!