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I dare say this is the best chili recipe ever! It’s full of ground beef, spices and veggies for the most satisfying comfort meal! Made without beans for those that don’t want them but there’s no sacrificing any amount of flavor with this chili. Enjoy with bread, chips or on it’s own as this recipe won’t leave you dissapointed. I hope your family loves this healthy recipe as much as I do!
This chili recipe is not only made without beans, it’s also gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and refined sugar free.
Healthy Soup Dinners
If you’re looking for more healthy soup recipes then please, feel free to check out any of these!
- Chicken Tortilla Soup (Gluten Free + Dairy Free).
- Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten Free + Vegan).
- Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (Gluten Free + Vegan).
Is Chili Healthy?
Of course, that answer depends on what you consider to be healthy. This chili recipe is full of vegetables like onion, garlic, carrots, bell pepper and tomato along with meat and healthy spices.
Is Chili Gluten Free and Dairy Free?
This chili recipe doesn’t contain any gluten or dairy in the ingredients, as long as your broth is gluten free. Some chili recipes or storebought chili may contain gluten containing sauces as well as dairy in the form of butter or sour cream.
Can I Add Beans to this Chili?
Yes, you can! If you want to add beans to this recipe, add one 15 ounce can of your choice of beans (I like to drain and rinse them but you can add the liquid too)! Some good options could be pinto beans, black beans or kidney beans! If you’d like to use homemade beans, add about 2 cups.
Healthy Chili Recipe Ingredients
Avocado oil: This is the oil I like to use because it has a higher smoke point than many others. You can use another oil you prefer like olive oil or butter!
Onion: A must for any good chili recipe! I used a yellow onion in this case.
Garlic cloves: Fresh garlic brings so much flavor and is also very nutrient dense. But, if you want, you can leave this ingredient out.
Carrots: This vegetable cooks to the perfect texture and adds some starch for a more filling meal.
Bell pepper: Just another vegetable that works amazing in this chili. You can use any color of bell pepper that you prefer or omit if you don’t want it.
Ground beef: This is of course, the star of the show in this chili! I always go for a grass-fed beef as my personal preference. You can also substitute a ground turkey in it’s place if you prefer but it does change the flavor quite a bit.
Chili powder: I used enough chili powder to bring the amazing flavor but not too much that it becomes spicy. If you like a spicier chili, feel free to add more.
Paprika: Another spice that brings flavor and color to this meal.
Cumin: This spice helps bring that classic chili flavor!
Oregano: I use a dried oregano but some fresh would also work.
Sea salt: I feel that this chili is fairly salty but perfect. You can always adjust the amount up or down to your liking.
Beef broth: I had beef bone broth on hand when I made this recipe but I’ve also used chicken broth and both work great! Feel free to use a vegetable broth instead, if you prefer.
Tomato sauce: I used a classic tomato sauce from a can. You can also use 2 cups of homemade tomato sauce.
Diced tomatoes (canned): I haven’t tried using freshly diced tomatoes for this recipe but I imagine it could work. Let me know if you try it.
Chili Recipe Instructions:
- First start by dicing your onion, carrots, bell pepper and mincing your garlic.
- To a large stockpot on medium heat, add your oil along with the onion, garlic and carrots. Allow these vegetables to cook stirring occasionally until the carrots can be easily pierced with a fork.
- Cook your ground beef in a separate saucpan and use a spoon or turner to break it up into small chunks while cooking. When there is no pink left in the meat you can turn off the heat and set aside.
- When the carrots are soft in the stockpot, add in the bell pepper, chile powder, paprika, cumin, oregano and sea salt. Stir to cover all the veggies in the spices and toast the flavors.
- Add your cooked ground beef to the pot and pour in the beef broth, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
- Allow the chili to simmer for 10 minutes until the liquid has become a deeper red color. Serve warm in bowls with bread, chips, avocado or however you like!
The Best Pots for Stovetop Chili
I always go for cookware without the coatings that can contain microplastics. There are a few really good options for pots that work amazingly well and will last a really long time!
- I love stainless steel stockpots especially for making soups and stews. They can last a super long time if you take care of them and don’t have coatings that scrape off into your food. Here’s a simple 8 quart stockpot in stainless steel.
- Another option is an enameled cast iron dutch oven. If you care for them correctly, a dutch oven can last a long time and be great for a range of different dishes. Here’s a 6 quart dutch oven that can be used on gas, electric and induction stovetops.
Healthy Chili Recipe:
Healthy Chili Recipe without Beans
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil (sub olive oil or butter)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 large carrots (diced)
- 1 bell pepper (diced)
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 2 Tablespoons paprika
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- 2 cups beef broth (or use chicken broth/veggie broth)
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- Place a large stockpot on medium heat.
- When your pot is hot, add avocado oil, onion, garlic and diced carrots. Cook stirring often until the carrots are soft (you can always add a small splash of water to deglaze the pot, if needed).
- In a large frypan on medium heat, cook your ground beef using a spoon to break up any large clumps and create smaller pieces. When there is no pink color in the meat, turn off the heat and set aside.
- When the carrots are soft, add your diced bell pepper and spices to the pot. Stir to coat all the veggies in the spices.
- Transfer your cooked ground beef to the pot, followed by the beef broth, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
- Allow the chili to simmer for 10-15 minutes to let the flavors cook together.
- Serve warm with bread, chips or enjoy on its own.
Gluten Free Dairy Free Dinners
I have so many options for gluten free and dairy free dinners on my website! If you’d like, here are some favorites to check out!
- Dairy Free Butter Chicken Curry (Gluten Free).
- Fall Sheet Pan Dinner (Gluten Free + Dairy Free).
- Fried Rice Recipe (Gluten Free + Dairy Free).
Thanks For Visiting
This post is a recipe for a healthy chili made with no beans, no gluten and no dairy. If you make this chili please leave a comment below letting me know how you liked it! I’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have! Also, feel free to check out the other recipes on my site. I hope you have a great rest of your day!