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Bean-Free Chili Recipe (Paleo & Keto Friendly)

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This fast bean-free chili recipe is a simple and filling meal on a cool day. It can be made as spicy (or not) as you like and even kids will gobble it up.

We generally avoid lectins, so I make my chili without beans. Give it a try, and let me know how you like it!

Fast and Tasty Bean-Free Chili

We all have our favorite versions, but chili usually consists of a simple stew of ground meat, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and chili spices. My recipe has a little heat, but if you like your chili a bit spicier, feel free to add additional chili powder or some cayenne pepper.

This is a fast recipe that’s ready in about half an hour. If you have a little more time, simmering the chili longer will really deepen the flavors. It also reheats really well, and in fact tastes even better the next day. Chili is also a meal that freezes perfectly. This recipe makes about 6 cups of chili, so try batch cooking and freezing some.

If you want to work in a larger serving of veggies (and have fewer dishes!) I love the idea of serving the chili in a baked acorn squash bowl.

Sneaky Nutrition Tip

Another trick that I always try is pureeing raw liver in the blender and adding it to this recipe to sneak in the nutrients of liver without my husband or kids knowing (don’t tell them!). We buy grass-fed liver here.

Other Variations

A Note on Chili Seasoning

To make things easy, I pre-make many of my most frequently used seasonings. I store them in jars in my cupboard and they’re always ready for easy use when I’m making dinner on a busy night.

Some of my favorite blends are my taco seasoning and chili seasoning.  If you’re using homemade chili seasoning, use about 2-3 tablespoons for this recipe instead of the spices listed below.

Here is a list of my most frequently used spice blends.

Bean free chili recipe

Bean-Free Chili Recipe

This hearty bean-free chili is packed with protein, vegetables, and the perfect amount of spice.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Calories 415kcal
Author Katie Wells


6 cups



  • In a large pot, brown the meat.
  • While the meat is cooking dice the onions and bell pepper and mince the garlic.
  • When the meat is nearly cooked, add the onion and bell pepper and saute 5 minutes. 
  • Add the minced garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and all the spices.
  • Simmer 15-20 minutes until well warmed.
  • Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped green onion if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Bean-Free Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 ½ cups)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 115
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.8g20%
Saturated Fat 5.5g34%
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 882mg38%
Carbohydrates 25.4g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 14.3g16%
Protein 49.4g99%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • If you like your chili a little thinner or if it’s a little too tomatoey for you, try adding about 1 cup of beef stock.
  • If you like your chili a little spicier, try adding a little cayenne pepper.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


18 responses to “Bean-Free Chili Recipe (Paleo & Keto Friendly)”

  1. Anna Burns Avatar
    Anna Burns

    About tomatoes, they are nightshades and some people react to them. Also, they are high in lectins as well. Something to consider for those with health issues. And beans, they are high in lectins, unless they are pressure cooked. EDEN brand beans are pressure cooked and they are in BPA free cans. Dr. Gundry even mentions using EDEN brand in his books.

  2. Jacqi Avatar

    I love your website and all your information. However, I have to make an objection to the claim this is keto friendly. While is sure sounds delicious, there are way too many carbs in a serving for a truly keto diet.

  3. Natasha Gonzalez Avatar
    Natasha Gonzalez

    This looks so good! Katie, I have also been looking forever for a nightshade free chili recipe. Have you seen any, have any suggestions or is chili even possible without tomatoes? I would love to cut them out for a season to see if I’m reacting to them, plus my husband has kidney disease and shouldn’t be eating tomatoes.

  4. Victoria Avatar

    You list spices but not measurements. If I make your homemade chili powder, how much do I add to the 2lbs meat? If I don’t use your homemade chili powder recipe, how much per seasoning for regular chili (not Cincinnati)?
    Thanks! I hope my family will like this so we can get off of the chili seasoning packets from the grocery store.

      1. Micaela Avatar

        5 stars
        Perfect! I made it with 1 lb venison and 1 lb bison and added 5 slices of cooked bacon. Thank you so much! (For this recipe and all you do for us, Katie!)

    1. Kory Avatar

      Krystal, we love 2tbsp chili powder, 1tbsp cumin, 1tbsp cinnamon, 2tsp honey, 1oz dark chocolate, 1tsp salt and 1tsp pepper. 🙂

  5. Erin Padley McNaughton Avatar
    Erin Padley McNaughton

    I  have read that tomatoes in a  can are unhealthy as the can causes  a
    release of BPH and they become toxic…I try to avoid canned
    tomatoes…is this claim true? Are canned tomatoes safe? I am curious to
    what you have heard/read…

  6. Erin Padley McNaughton Avatar
    Erin Padley McNaughton

    I have read that tomatoes in a  can are unhealthy as the can causes  a release of BPH and they become toxic…I try to avoid canned tomatoes…is this claim true? Are canned tomatoes safe? I am curious to what you have heard/read…

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I’ve heard conflicting things on them. We often order tomato products in a jar for that reason though.

      1. Erin Padley McNaughton Avatar
        Erin Padley McNaughton

         Can I ask where you order it from? I have looked for jarred tomatoes and can’t find them…even organic tomato sauce, etc. is in cans:-(

      2. Loretta Blackmon Avatar
        Loretta Blackmon

        Why not use a pasta sauce that contains tomatoes or skin the tomatoes by boiling them.

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