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Low Carb Southern Chili Recipe

Full of beef, celery, tomatoes, peppers and spices, this pure comfort food will satisfy the chili flavor you've been craving!
Course Dinner, entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 223kcal


  • Dutch Oven
  • Slotted Turner
  • Chef's Knife


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 large yellow onion diced. about 3/4 cup
  • 2 stalks celery diced, about 1/2 cup
  • 2 medium red bell peppers stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 14.5 ounce diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • shredded cheese, avocado slices. green onions and more bacon to garnish.


  • In a large dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Break up large chunks of beef with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Drain, transfer to plate and set aside.
  • Add bacon pieces to the pan. Cook over medium heat until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper-towel lined plate. Drain, leaving 2 tbsp of pan drippings.
  • Add onion, celery, and peppers to the pan. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more until fragrant.
  • Add tomatoes, chicken broth and spices. Stir in beef and bacon. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls and add garnish before serving.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.3g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 15.3g | Cholesterol: 86.3mg | Sodium: 559mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 2.8g | Vitamin C: 42.9mg | Iron: 4.1mg