Feeding the Active Writer: Low Carb Chili con Carne

Purists insist that Chili should not have beans.  I don’t want to get into that argument but for someone on a low-carb diet beans are anathema.

This is the latest iteration of a slow-cooker Chili recipe I’ve been tinkering with.  It varies as the mood strikes or based on what I have on hand.


  • 3 lb Ground beef
  • 1 16 oz Jar salsa (pick one you like of the heat level you like–some of the other ingredients will tend to moderate the heat, others add to it)
  • 1 14 oz can Fire Roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion.
  • 2 Tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin

In a large mixing bowl combine the ingredients.  Mix well.  Easiest way, without a good stand mixer, is to just get in with your hands and squish the ingredients together.  Plastic gloves can keep things sanitary.

Line the crock of a 4-5 quart slow cooker with a liner bag.  Pour the chili into the bag.

Cook on low 8-9 hours.

Stir well at the end.  Serve topped with cheese.

Enjoy.  It keeps well in the refrigerator for later heat and eat.

2 thoughts on “Feeding the Active Writer: Low Carb Chili con Carne”

  1. Looks tasty, but someone complex. I usually just put 5 pounds of ground beef, 27 ounces of black beans, 2 cups of sliced jalapenos, 2 cups of pureed, frozen broccoli, and one paper packed of hot chili powder into a crockpot and cook it on ‘low’ overnight.

    Never did understand the whole “chili must not have beans” thing. Either way works for me. Hadn’t thought of beans as a carb source either. That’s probably the only source of carbs I get anymore (unless I’m taking a cheat day), and it doesn’t seem to be doing any harm.


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