Keto Friendly Chili (Ninja Foodi)

keto friendly chili in a bowl
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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 always a 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 of 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?

Keto Friendly Chili (Ninja Foodi)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 28 ounce can Crushes Tomatoes
  • 1 14oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1.5 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 packet Chili Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste, start with 1 tsp
  • Optional: Water


  1. Turn your Foodi on with the Sear/Saute setting on your pot and add the Avocado Oil to the bottom, add the diced onion and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Once the onion is translucent add the ground beef to the pot and cook until it's cooked through and no pink shows.
  3. Add the seasoning packet, salt, and pepper, and mix it around in the meat. Then add the can of crushed tomatoes and can of diced tomatoes.
  4. If you like a more watery type of chili you can add in 1 cup of water.
  5. Cook for approximately 20 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.
  6. Serve and garnish as you desire.

Related Post: Keto Chicken Recipes That Aren’t Boring

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