Beanless Chili Recipe with Beef and Pork

Beanless Chili
Dairy Free Freezer Friendly Grain Free Keto Friendly Kid Friendly Low Carb One Pan 

Nutrition: 560 Calories

Hearty and comforting, this Beanless Chili Recipe is packed with beef and pork, tomatoes and a blend of chili spices the whole family will enjoy.

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Spices, Meat and Tomato Sauce

Chili is a hearty comfort food that warms you to the core, especially on cold nights. We are four days into spring now, and beautiful flowers are starting to pop out everywhere. The weather has been sunny, and I’m glad we’re done with snow for now. Even though it’s getting warmer in the afternoons, it’s still pretty cold at night (and every morning at the bus stop). So, chili is great basically year round. Fall, winter, and spring and you can make some chili dogs in the summer. There you have it; a great meal any time of the year.

Saute Onion and Garlic

Beans or No Beans?

Sometimes it is nice to have a Beanless Chili option, especially if you’re counting you carbs. Unfortunately beans have a lot of carbs despite all their fiber. So watch out for them if you’re eating Keto. As a kid, I didn’t eat chili because I didn’t like beans. I would carefully pick around the beans if I had to eat it. It wasn’t until I got married that I realized chili doesn’t have to have beans (don’t tell my dad). In fact, if you’re from Texas, you don’t put beans in chili. And, according to the International Chili Society traditional red chili does not include non-meat fillers, such as beans. However, in homestyle chili, beans are required, according to the ICS. The truth is, in my family we like chili both ways, and this Beanless Chili recipe is great when you want to go the traditional, and lower carb, route.

Ground Meat and Chili Spices

Cook up the Chili & Let it Simmer

This Beanless Chili starts with sautéing diced onion with olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven. Once the onion starts to caramelize add chopped garlic. Cook the garlic briefly, and then add in ground beef and pork. Break up the meat and when it’s browned, add in chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, ground coriander, cocoa powder, and dried cilantro. Mix the ground meat well with the dried spices to season through out. Once the ground meat it seasoned, add salt and pepper to taste.

Finally, it’s time to add in the liquid ingredients. I used one can of tomato sauce and one can of diced tomatoes. I also added salsa verde; it packs in a lot of flavor in one easy step. I don’t make my chili spicy because the kids won’t eat it. If you like you’re chili with some heat, add in hot sauce or cayenne pepper. My husband will add hot sauce to his bowl along with the toppings. It’s a great way to keep everyone happy.

Simmering Beanless Chili

Let your Beanless Chili simmer on low for an hour. And then it’s time to eat. Top your chili as you like. Some of our favorite toppings are shredded cheese, sour cream, and avocado.

Beanless Chili with Toppings
Beanless Chili with Toppings
Beanless Chili with Avocado
Beanless Chili

Beanless Chili Recipe with Beef and Pork

Hearty and comforting, this Beanless Chili Recipe is packed with beef and pork, tomatoes and a blend of chili spices the whole family will enjoy.

Total Time: 1 hr 25 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Inactive Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 20 min


  • 1 Onion Diced
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 36 oz Ground Beef, lean 93%
  • 24 oz Ground Pork
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ancho Chili Powder (or add another Tbsp of Chili Powder if you don’t have Ancho Chili)
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Cilantro
  • 2 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • 15 oz Tomato Sauce (1 can)
  • 14.5 oz Canned Diced Tomatoes (1 can)
  • 3/4 cup Salsa Verde
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional Toppings: Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Avocado, Hot Sauce


  1. Preheat a dutch oven or large pot over med-high heat. While preheating dice the onion. Add the olive oil and diced onion to the pot.  Cook the onion until it’s soft and starting to caramelize a little. While the onion is cooking, prepare the garlic.
  2. Once the onion is cooked, add the garlic and stir until it’s fragrant, careful not to let it burn. It’ll take less than a minute.
  3. As soon as the garlic is fragrant, add the ground beef and pork to the pot. Brown all the meat and break it up with your spoon. 10-15 min
  4. After all the meat is brown, add all the powdered ingredients: chili powder, ancho chili powder, cumin, paprika, ground coriander, dried cilantro and cocoa powder. Stir until all the meat in flavored. Add Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix in the tomato sauce, then the diced tomatoes and finally the salsa verde. Cover and let the chili simmer for an hour.
  6. Serve the chili in a bowl with any toppings you like.  Enjoy.


Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: about 1.5 cups

Amount Per Serving:  Calories: 560,  Total Fat: 32.2g, Saturated Fat: 11.4g,  Cholesterol: 180.5mg, Sodium: 693.9mg, Carbohydrates: 10.8g, Fiber 2.4g, Sugars: 3.9g, Protein 56.2g

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