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Chili is hands-down one of my favorite comfort foods.  I like literally all sorts of chilis. In my hometown, we even have a ChiliFest and I have a hard time finding any chilis among the dozens of tents that I’m not excited to try.

Low Carb Chili

Macro-Friendly Chili

It’s filling, warm, and can easily be tweaked to make it macro-friendly.  I’d eat it once a week if my husband would get on board.  My daughters are already #teamchili all the way.

Being somewhat of a chili connoisseur, I’ve tried a BUNCH of recipes. This is the marriage of two of my faves: Chili by George from and Robb Wolf’s Ultimate Paleo Chili.  It’s also featured in my Freezer Cooking post and freezes excellently for quick meals later.

low carb high protein chili recipe

Chili Recipe

This chili recipe is only 280 calories total per serving. It is made with classic chili ingredients – ground beef, chili beans, tomatoes, and green chilis. But it also has a surprising ingredient – brewed coffee! Yes, coffee! You have to try it.



Yield: 8 services
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 lbs ground beef (either lean or drained)
  • 1 1/2 C of brewed coffee
  • 200g onions, diced
  • 100g bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Seasonings (these are suggestions…if you’re a comfortable cook, get wild with em…if you need a smart place to start, use these.  I often follow this, cook a few minutes, then add this much of everything except the sugar and chili powder all over again)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 C chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika


  1. In large pot, brown beef with onions, garlic and peppers. 
  2. Drain grease. 
  3. Add everything else. Mix well and let simmer. I usually add a couple of cups of water at this stage. It will still be really thick. Add more water to reach desired consistency.
  4. The longer it simmers, the better it is.
  5. Feel free to tweak to your specifications. It's fantastic topped with plain greek yogurt (or sour cream) and shredded cheese.



Vegetarian: Not this time!

Gluten Free: Yep.

Dairy Free: Yes!

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1/8 of the recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 10gCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 28g
Mega thanks to George!

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