In Texas, chili is a pretty big deal. There are contests and cook-offs completely focused on this hearty bowl o’ goodness. While I’ve never won a contest, (I’ve never entered one) I do make a pretty tasty chili… at least my husband thinks so.
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It’s been cold here in Texas.
What does a Texan eat on a cold day? One top choice has got to be chili. My husband really loves the stuff and was hankerin’ (that’s Southern slang for craving) for a big bowl of steaming hot chili.
So, I set out to make some. My sister had recently made some and raved about an added ingredient that just set it off…
Yes, you read that right, 100% unsweetened baking Chocolate. So, I called her up for the recipe.
I didn’t have all the ingredients but had most of them and I added a few of my own. (I’ll add her recipe to the bottom of this one so you can see the comparison.)
However, I had never added chocolate to my chili, but I was more than pleasantly surprised! It added such a depth of flavor… making this my new favorite recipe.
Now, I might be a Texan, but I can’t handle super spicy foods. I love spices and adding flavor but I do not enjoy food that I can’t taste because my mouth is on fire. Because of this, my recipe, while it is flavorful, might not be spicy enough for you.
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But that’s okay!
Feel free to spice it up. I added a bit of jalapeño powder. My husband does this usually right in his bowl with red pepper flakes, hot sauce or Jalapeño powder. So, feel free to add more or other spicy add-ins that you may like. But as for me, and my house, we will keep it mild.
Usually, I serve chili with keto “cornbread” but instead, I decided to make him some crackers to go with it.
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Truth be told…
I love crackers with chili. So, there’s a possibility that might also have been a contributing factor to pairing this chili with some crispy almond flour crackers.
The entire meal was delicious and really hit the spot on a cold day in Texas.
You have got to try this and tell us what you think about the addition of unsweetened chocolate.
- 2 lbs. Grass Fed Ground Beef
- ½ cup white onion
- 4 – 6 cloves Garlic
- 2-14 oz.
- 1-14 oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- ¼ cup coconut
- 1 teaspoon sweetener (I used Golden Monk fruit)
- ½ to 1 oz. 100% unsweetened Bakers Chocolate
- Salt to taste
- 2 teaspoons Algae Oil (I used Thrive) or olive oil
- 1-2 teaspoons jalapeño powder or red chili flakes (optional)
- Sour Cream (such as Daisy)
- Shredded cheese (Such as Smoked Gouda, Sharp cheddar or Colby)
- Sliced green onions
- Fresh cilantro
- Fresh Sliced Jalapeño
In a medium or large sized pot. Heat the oil over medium high heat and sauté the onions until translucent.
Add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant about 1 min. Then add in your ground beef and brown it along with the onions and garlic.
Once the beef is fully cooked add in the rest of the ingredients.
There’s no specific order here just get them all in there. Give it a good stir. Lower the heat slightly, cover, and simmer for a minimum of 15 minutes to allow the spices to reconstitute and the flavors to meld together. (See tips)
After about 15 minutes of simmering taste it. Add salt and other seasonings accordingly. Continue to simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
Serve it up and add your toppings! Enjoy!
This recipe can be made in the Instant pot or in the crockpot for extra time-savings.
You can play around with the add-ins. My sister adds red, yellow or orange bell peppers to her chili. She also adds 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
If you like cilantro but don’t have fresh on hand you could add in 1 teaspoon of coriander.
Don’t have fresh onions or garlic? Add in 1 teaspoon of each to start and add in more to your desired taste.
This nutritional information is for the whole recipe and is an approximate value.
Total Calories 2900.5
Total carbs 90.7
Total Fiber 24.0
Sugar Alcohol 1.1
Net Carbs 65.6
Spices do contain carbs. Adding in spices blindly by shaking the container over the food will possibly add many more carbs to each serving. The nutritional information is based on the recipe above. If you add in any extras or substitutions the nutritional values will vary.
Sherri’s Keto Chili
- 1 1/2 pounds of hamburger meat, browned with onion and garlic
- Red or yellow or orange bell peppers, or a mix
- 28 oz of diced tomatoes
- 28 oz of tomato sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 2 tablespoons of chili powder
- 1oz dark unsweetened chocolate
- 1 teaspoon of sweetener
- 1/4 cup coconut amino
- 2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon of paprika