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Keto chili con carne – low carb chili with cheese crust

Keto chili con carne with low carb cheese crust

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Keto low carb chili with cheese crust or how they call it in Europe – keto chili con carne with crust made of cheddar cheese, almond flour and few more low carb ingredients is one of my favorite keto meals ever!

My keto chili recipe is so flavorful. Only ground beef without beans but rich in taste and thick. I like to finish it in the oven because of the cheddar cheese crust on top of the chili.

Of course you can omit that crust, but trust me, with the low carb crust is so much more tasty! Crust is inspired with my recipe for keto bacon bread. That recipe is so popular and people love it.

You can make that keto bacon bread separately and serve it with this keto chili! That’s also fantastic idea.

Low carb chili con carne with cheese crust in a bowl

Is chili keto?

Last week one of my IG friends asked me if I have keto friendly chili recipe, and I just got that little light bulb over my head like in a cartoon. I had to make it ASAP!

And I started to think about my favorite chili con carne I used to make in my pre-keto life and pre-children life. It was fantastic chili!

Last weekend was the time when my best chili recipe go keto! Beans are definitely not included in this recipe. It’s totally beans free chili, so it’s definitely keto!

Picture of a bowl full of keto chili with a spoon in

Keto chili instant pot

Of course, you can make this chili in instant pot or in a crockpot, it will be yummy and tasty. However, it doesn’t require much more time if you make this keto chili in a skillet or in cast iron Dutch oven. I made my in cast iron Dutch oven OMG, it turned out so good!

Keto chili seasoning

Freshly ground pepper and salt – I use freshly ground pepper in almost every recipe. Every savory dish is better with a little bit of pepper. It has to be freshly ground, it brings much more flavor. It’s the best to have a pepper mill, so you have your freshly ground pepper always on hand.

I use salt to taste. Salt is important ingredient and everything taste better with salt, even chocolate! 🙂

Cumin is fantastic addition to chili, it goes great with ground meat and it’s probably must have spice fo chili.

Cayenne pepper is a little bit hot and brings a lot of flavor, definitely put some in your keto chili!

Picture of a Dutch oven with keto chili with a cheese crust on top

Ground smoked paprika is my favorite seasoning, immediately after salt and pepper. I currently live in Baranja, it’s the region famous for paprika or capsicum so I am very fortunate to have access to the best smoked paprika in the world and I love to promote it. Definitely, put some smoked ground paprika in your low carb chili con carne! You will love it!

Crushed chili pepper is probably what makes chili a proper chili. If you have a small children don’t put too much but you also might be surprised how children can handle spicy and hot chili. My 2.5 years old daughter loves my spicy keto chili. She is just saying – Oh, it’s hot and spicy – and continues to eat. 😃


Saute and caramelize onion – that’s first step to delicious keto chili con carne. Sauteed onion brings so much taste to any meat dish. With sauteed onion you get that deep, rich and hearty taste. 

Use lard or coconut oil to fry bacon and onion – lard and coconut oil are great sources of healthy fats. We love these fats in our ketogenic kitchen. Leave the bacon aside for the crust. You will love it!

Grilled pepper/capsicum – I love using them so if you have access to them use them. If not, just cut fresh pepper and cook together with meat.

Picture of a procedure to make keto chili con carne with delicious low carb cheese crust

Browned ground beef – you need to brown that meat until golden brown color. That will give a flavor to your dish. Seasoning and spices are great, but a real comforting taste is coming from caramelization on onion, meat and from beef broth!

Use beef broth – for cooking of meat dishes you can use water but when using broth your keto meal is getting gut healing properties and it’s great for immunity. It was ancient key to recovery from many diseases.

Cook it as longer as you can on a low heat or in a crock pot. There is something in long and slow cooking, every meat dish is much tastier if you cook it longer. As longer as you cook it, more taste you get.

Finish your chili in the oven until cheese crust is baked and golden brown. That crust is delicious addition to this chili. I would say it gives restaurant quality to this keto meal.

Picture of a bowl full of keto chili without beens

Try my keto desserts!

After this rich keto meal, you will need some good keto pie. I recommend you one of these delicious keto pies:

Keto peanut butter cream pie

Keto blueberry pie

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Keto chili con carne – low carb chili with cheese crust

Keto chili con carne with low carb cheese crust

Keto low carb chili with cheese crust or how they call it in Europe – keto chili con carne with crust made of cheddar cheese, almond flour and few more low carb ingredients is one of my favorite keto meals ever!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • Lard or coconut oil 2 TBS
  • Finely sliced smoked bacon 60 g/2 oz
  • Onion diced 150 g/5.3 oz
  • Ground beef 800 g/28 oz
  • Garlic 2 cloves or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Red paprika/capsicum 120 g/4.23 oz
  • Tomato purée 1 cup/200 ml
  • Salt 2 tsp
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • Ground red smoked paprika 2 tsp
  • Crushed dried chili 1 or 2 tsp (depends how hot you want it to be)
  • Cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin 1/2 tsp
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder 1 TBS
  • Beef broth 1 cup/200 ml
  • Water 1 cup/200 ml
  • Shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup/115 g/4 oz
  • Almond flour 1/2 cup/50 g/1.77 oz
  • Cottage cheese or cream cheese 2 TBS/20 g/0.7 oz
  • 1 spring onion chopped 20 g/0.7 oz
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Spring onion chopped
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Sour cream



  1. Melt lard in a large and deep skillet, Dutch oven or similar cooking pot and fry bacon until cooked and crispy.
  2. Set bacon aside and keep it for the crust.
  3. Put on remaining lard finely diced onion and fry until golden brown and translucent.
  4. When onion is translucent add ground beef, chopped paprika/capsicum and crushed and diced garlic and stir occasionally until meat is caramelized and browned.
  5. Add tomato puree, beef broth, water, salt, pepper, unsweetened cocoa, all other spices, stir and bring it to boil.
  6. When start boiling cook covered for 15 - 20 minutes on medium high heat or 30 minutes on medium low heat with occasional stirring. It depends how fast you want to finish. Longer cooking gives better taste.
  7. While chili is cooking, prepare cheese dough for the crust and turn on the oven to 180 C/350 F.


  1. Mix shredded cheddar cheese, almond flour, fried bacon, pinch of pepper and salt, chopped spring onion and cream cheese or cottage cheese.
  2. Form the dough and spread on the parchment paper with your hands or roll in between 2 pieces of parchment paper.
  3. When keto chili con carne is cooked put gently crust dough on top and bake for 10 - 15 minutes uncovered in a preheated oven or until crust is golden brown and baked.


  1. When chili is cooked and crust baked, serve it with a soon of sour cream on top.
  2. Garnish with cilantro or chopped spring onion.
  3. Enjoy!


Nutritional value per serving without crust: Cal 423, Fat 42 g, NET Carbs 3.4 g, Protein 17 g.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 49gNet Carbohydrates: 5.6gProtein: 23g

This is for your information only. Please calculate your own macros with ingredients you use.

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  • Reply
    March 15, 2020 at 2:15 am

    I made this tonight for my family and it is so good! Sadly, I was all out of cream cheese and couldn’t make the crust, but I will definitely try it next time. I tossed the diced cooked bacon in with the meat and it was delicious. Perfect blend of spices. I would recommend doubling the recipe because you will want lots of leftovers!

    • Reply
      Family On Keto
      March 15, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      HiBrooke, thank you so much for your comment! I agree about the amount, we were also sad for not having any leftovers! 🙂

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