Chili Recipe (No Beans) (2024)

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My cousin calls our Chili Recipe (No Beans) the BEST CHILI EVERRRRR. She and her husband make it at least once a month! It’s savory, filling, and oh so satisfying!

If you love chili, but don’t love beans, this beanless chili is the perfect solution! We serve it with a green salad and sweet cornbread!Chili without beans is perfect for folks who are doing avoiding grains or gluten, and is even whole30 compliant if you use the right chili spices!

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Ingredients for chili with no beans

  • ground beef – I tend to use a lean ground beef since we will be draining off the fat.
  • pork sausage – we usually use mild pork sausage, but if you like a really spicy chili then this is a great place to add more heat!
  • bacon – oh yes, you read that right.
  • onion – I like to use a sweet yellow onion to offset the spice.
  • tomato – we use a few different iterations of tomato in this recipe. Yum! (We do not use tomato sauce!)
  • hot peppers – not too many, because my kids wouldn’t eat it. But you can always add more.
  • sweet peppers – lots and lots of sweet bell peppers. You’re going to question my sanity – that is, until you try it!
  • celery – just a little bit of celery. Trust me on this one.
  • carrots – carrots are the ingredient that people always look at me co*ck-eyed over. But I promise, you’ll love the way they work in this no bean chili!
  • seasonings – I have a secret seasoning that will sound weird, but mmmm mmmmm mmmmm.

Suggested toppings and garnishes

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Diced tomato
  • Sliced jalapenos or green chilies
  • Chili powder

How do you make chili without beans?

First, brown ground beef, pork sausage, and bacon on high heat. Drain and return to large pot, pan, or dutch oven.

Then, add onions, chili seasoning, and cocoa powder. Saute an a little longer.

Next, add remaining ingredients and stir well.

Finally, cook covered on low for several hours.

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I want to pretend that he was SO ready to dive into that chili, but really he just wanted mommy’s attention. (He does love the chili though!)

What is chili with no beans called?

Chili that doesn’t contain beans is still called chili, although for some folks those are fighting words! Many Texans believe that chili is ONLY meat and a tomato based sauce. No beans OR vegetables allowed!

All that said, I have sometimes heard this referred to this as beef chili.

Is chili good without beans?

Oh my goodness, chili is so good without beans. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love a chili recipe with beans too, but this no bean chili recipe is deep and rich and so incredibly savory. It’s a great alternative to traditional chili and tastes amazing in a chili pot pie!

Can chili without beans be frozen?

Chili with no beans can definitely be frozen! I love to make a double batch in my super giant stock pot and freeze half for later. You can also do what we did in the video below, and portion out/prep the uncooked ingredients and freeze them for later.

Pro tipcornbread freezes well too, so you can make a double batch of both and then have them ready to eat in no time on a busy night!

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Yep, those are carrots. And they are delicious!

Nutritional Information

Is this Chili Recipe (No Beans) healthy?

Chili without beans is healthy depending on the diet you follow. One thing I love about this recipe is it is totally grain free (just watch what chili seasonings you are using). So that means our bean free chili is gluten free, paleo compliant, and whole thirty compliant. Don’t quote me on this, but I think it might even be keto friendly!

This no bean chili recipe is on the calorie dense side because of all the meat, but it is also super full of protein and tons of healthy vegetables! I definitely don’t feel guilty when I eat it.

Is chili without beans gluten free?

If you use a gluten-free chili seasoning (typically available right next to the classic seasoning packets), then this recipe will be gluten free.

Preparation

Can this be made in a slow cooker or crock pot?

Yes, saute meat on the stove top, then drain off fat. Add meat along with remaining ingredients to your slow cooker. Cook covered on high for 4 – 6 hours or low for 8 – 10 hours. If mixture seems to dry, add 1 – 2 cups beef stock, chicken stock, or water.

Can this be made in an instant pot?

Yes, brown meat using saute feature, then drain off fat. Add meat along with remaining ingredients to your instapot. Cook manual (high pressure) and then natural pressure release. Remove lid and then saute (stirring regularly) until desired consistency is reached.

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I love it in a bowl, hubby loves it on a hot dog!

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  • Easy Chili Dogs – Classic and delicious. My dad asks for these when he visits!
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  • Quick Chicken Chili – No time for an all day chili simmer? No sweat. This Last Minute Chicken Chili is ready in no time and perfect for a simple weeknight meal.
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I love to crumble sweet cornbread into my chili and my husband is a fan of scooping every last bit out of the bowl with chunks of our easy beer bread recipe. If my son were king of the castle (which he definitely thinks he is), we would always eat chili over a bowl of homemade mashed potatoes.

What we can all agree on though, is finishing off the meal with a pile of cinnamon roll cookies!

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OurChili Recipe (No Beans) is the perfect chili recipe made with beef and pork.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: no bean chili

Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours hours

Total Time: 4 hours hours 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 24 cups

Calories: 260kcal

Author: April Woods

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 pounds mild pork sausage ground (you can usually find this in 1lb tubes near the bacon)
  • ¼ pound bacon chopped into small pieces
  • 1 large yellow onions diced
  • 2 packages McCormick Mild Chili Seasoning 1.25 ounce packages - they have a gluten free version too!
  • 1 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1 can Rotel mild
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 ounces
  • 6 green bell peppers diced
  • 1 large piece of celery diced
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes not drained (14 ounces)
  • 1 ½ cups carrots diced

Instructions

STOVE TOP

  • Brown ground beef, pork sausage, and bacon. Drain and return to pan.

  • Add onions, chili seasoning, and cocoa powder. Saute an additional 2 - 3 minutes.

  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

  • Cook covered on low all day, or at least 4 hours. Alternatively, use manual for 45 - 60 minutes in an electric pressure cooker.

INSTANT POT

  • If you are using smaller than an 8 quart pot, halve this recipe.

  • Brown ground beef, pork sausage, and bacon using saute feature. Drain and return to pan.

  • Add onions, chili seasoning, and cocoa powder. Saute an additional 2 - 3 minutes.

  • Add remaining ingredients + 2 cups water and stir well. Cover, set to sealing, and cook on manual (high) pressure for 45 minutes. Allow natural pressure release.

  • Remove lid and, if desired, turn on saute feature and simmer (stirring constantly) until desired consistency is reached. Alternatively, you can add a cornstarch slurry to thicken (see notes below).

SLOW COOKER

  • If you are using smaller than an 8 quart cooker, halve this recipe.

  • Brown ground beef, pork sausage, and bacon in a large pan on the stove top. Drain and add cooked meat to slow cooker.

  • Add onions, chili seasoning, and cocoa powder to slow cooker. Stir.

  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover, and cook on high for 4 - 6 hours or low for 8 - 10 hours.

  • Remove lid and, if desired, add a cornstarch slurry to thicken (see notes below).

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Notes

Calories are automatically generated. For best results calculate based on your exact ingredients.

HOW TO THICKEN WITH CORNSTARCH:

  • Create a cornstarch slurry by whisking together equal parts cornstarch and cool water. (I typically work in 1 +1 tablespoon increments.
  • Pour slurry into simmering chili and stir for about 30 seconds. Repeat until desired consistency is reached.

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Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal

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