Nothing beats a good comforting bowl of chili... unless you're eating keto and then it's an easy keto chili made in my Ninja Foodi!
Looking for a meal that you can whip up and have on the table in under an hour? This is it!
Some folks like chili only in the fall or winter months... you know, when it's cold. But, in our house, chili is a year-round dish.
It's the one meal I know I can make when we have some ground beef left and I'm not sure what to make.
Thankfully, it's an easy dish that can be created easily for your family to enjoy, and you can interpret your own idea of what chili should have in it.
Easy Keto Chili – Ninja Foodi Style
To keep this chili keto-friendly, you have to leave out the typical bean addition, but you can add keto-friendly foods to the chili if you're feeling snazzy.
Personally, I just add the onion, tomatoes, broth, and spices and call it a day.
Sometimes I'll add in some zucchini, but that's not an always thing and only happens when I have that on hand to use.
Now, this brings me to a question I get a lot when it comes to chili...
Can you use, eat, or cook with an onion?
And, honestly, this depends on your level of keto.
Some folks will tell you no because it does have carbs and can add up, but if you're adding half an onion to an entire pot of chili I think that's ok.
For instance, a medium-sized onion (110g of an onion) contains 10 grams of total carbs and 8.1g net carbs.
Therefore, when you take half of that amount and spread it over an entire pot of chili I think it starts to get pretty negligible personally, but others don't.
Some folks really do need to be strict with their eating and that's ok.
You can also opt for onion powder instead of using onion. One tablespoon of onion powder contains 5g of total carbs (4g net) and that's probably the max I would use powder wise.
What about the carbs in tomatoes?
In the Walmart brand of Petite Diced Tomatoes (the one I usually use in my Easy Keto Chili), there are 5 grams total carbs and 1 gram net carbs per can serving.
And, there are 3.5 servings per can (so it says).
So, therefore, if I have 2 cans of diced tomatoes in my chili... that's 7 "servings" of diced tomatoes OR 35g total carbs 28g net carbs. And while this number seems really high for a thing of chili... you have to remember you're not eating the whole pot in one meal.
When we make a pot of chili for our family we can typically get approximately servings for 2 adults and 2 kids plus extras for at least two more meals. So, we'll say it's approximately... 5 servings (I just combined the two kids servings to equal an adult since they're younger).
After you take the 28g net carbs and divide that by 5 servings you're looking at roughly 6g net carbs per serving of just the tomatoes.
Does that kill it for you?
It doesn't for me honestly. I probably am eating 10g net carbs for the whole meal give or take some cheese.
Are you a fan of chili all year round?
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1/2 medium-size onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 14 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
- 1 cup of broth (I use Orrington Farms Beef Base and mix it with hot water)
- 2 tbsp chili powder (more or less)
- 2 tsp chipotle powder (more or less)
- 2 tsp ground cumin (more or less)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika (more or less)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Turn the Ninja Foodi on Sear/Saute and add in the oil and chopped onions. Saute the onion until it's translucent and then add in the ground beef.
- Cook the ground beef until it's cooked through. Make sure to chop it up into however big or small chunks you're used to (we like a really small chunk).
- Once the ground beef is cooked through add in the two cans of diced tomatoes and stir to combine.
- Add the Beef Base to one cup of hot water and stir until it completely dissolves before adding to the Ninja Foodi pot. Once you add it to the Foodi make sure you stir it around.
- Add the seasonings and let the ingredients simmer for approximately 10 minutes before taste testing to adjust flavors. I find that seasonings age with time in the cupboard so sometimes I need more seasoning to achieve the desired flavor.
- Cook in the pot for about 30 minutes before serving. If you're wanting to eat later you can set the Ninja Foodi to the slow cook setting and put it on low for however many hours you need.
Chili is one of those meals that I have less than precise measurements for. After you let the chili cook for about 10 minutes you definitely want to taste test things. This will allow you to adjust the flavors to your liking. If I have to adjust it's usually either the chili powder or the cumin.
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