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Keto Chicken Chili Recipe

Louise | October 14
Keto Chicken Chili Recipe #keto

Colder days and nights may have you tempted to pull out your favorite chili recipe. But not all chili recipes work for keto. Make this keto chicken chili recipe to safely spice up your dinner routine!

What’s Keto About Chili

There are plenty of different ways you can make chili. That’s part of the reason chili cook-offs are so fun.

Whether a particular chili is keto or not boils down to how it’s made. Also important is how much of the ingredients are used.

But there are some universal guidelines that can help you decide whether a chili is keto or not.

Chili often contains meat, which is acceptable for keto. This chili features chicken and also includes bacon.

Many chilis include ground beef instead, which is also fine for keto. Feel free to substitute the chicken for ground beef in this dish.

Vegetables such as bell peppers, chili peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes are also okay. Tomatoes do have more carbs than some other fruits, so that is something to consider.

Spices such as Italian seasoning and chili powder are not only keto, but they help you add excitement and flavor to many dishes.

What’s Not So Keto About Chili

For many folks, a signature part of chili is the beans. Unfortunately, they aren’t keto, and I did not include them in this recipe.

Beans have some good things going for them nutritionally, but they also pack a significant amount of carbs in their petite packages.

A lot of chilis also contain tomato sauce. While the tomatoes shouldn’t pose a problem, many canned sauces contain added sugar. Many varieties have too many carbs for keto.

To avoid that potential dealbreaker, I use tomato paste in this recipe. Tomato paste is a concentrated version of sauce that has been reduced to thicken it.

Tomato pastes tend to have less unwanted ingredients than tomato sauce.

Another potential obstacle for keto dieters is the urge to top chili with cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, and/or crackers. I avoid the cheese and sour cream because many people are sensitive to dairy. The tortilla chips and crackers just have too many carbs.

The other big side item with chili is cornbread. While you shouldn’t eat traditionally prepared cornbread, this keto cornbread recipe should satisfy you.

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Keto Chicken Chili Recipe #keto

Keto Chicken Chili Recipe #keto

Keto Chicken Chili Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Chili often contains meat, which is acceptable for keto. This chili features chicken and also includes bacon.


  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of avocado oil, to cook with
  • 2 lbs (900 g) of ground chicken
  • 4 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 10 white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 chili peppers, seeds removed and finely diced (optional)
  • 1 can (400 g) of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 can (85 g) of tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons (6 g) of Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) of chili powder (or to taste)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced or finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons (2 g) of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add the avocado oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground chicken, diced bacon, and diced onion and sauté until browned, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add the bell peppers, mushrooms, and optional chili peppers to the pot and sauté for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and chili powder to the pot. Cover and cook for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the lid and add the garlic and fresh cilantro to the pot. Continue to cook, uncovered, for about 10 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 8 g


  • Calories: 429
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 29 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.