Beef and Bacon Chili (Stove top | Crock Pot | Instant Pot)

Beef and Bacon Chili (Stove top | Crock Pot | Instant Pot)

This low carb beef and bacon chili is rich, flavorful and ever-so comforting! It can be made on the stove top, crock pot or an instant pot!

Family Favorite…

Chili has always been a family favorite dinner in my house! It is easy, fast and ever-so comforting!

I have made chili for years now, but things have now changed around here. My old, non-keto version included carrots, red kidney beans and sweetcorn (which we all know are a big no-no in this keto world)… so I keto-fied it. I simply substituted the major “carby” ingredients in my original recipe, for mushrooms, bell pepper and bacon…and ended up creating this beautiful bowl of deliciousness!

Bacon Me Crazy…

The ingredient that elevates this dish to the next level is the bacon! Bacon, in general, makes everything better! I mean…c’mon, is there anything bacon can’t fix?! I know, for a fact, that it makes me extremely happy!

This is quite funny, since I was a vegetarian back in my young-teen days. So, my teenage self would be horrified that I just wrote about how happy bacon makes me…but I just can’t help but love it! It’s also kinda funny, because the food that broke my 5 years of vegetarianism was BACON! My husband went through a “bacon phase” of cooking it nearly every day, and the smell of bacon cooking became so torturous, that one day I gave in to the temptation. And that was it. Once i had that first bite of bacon, I became a “vegetarian who ate bacon.” Then one piece of meat led to another…which led to another…and I definitely could not call myself a vegetarian anymore!

Side Note – If you’re like me, and have zero willpower whilst cooking and cannot resist nibbling on your food (especially bacon), always cook a couple of extra rashes to eat whilst crumbling the rest of it into your chili. You’re welcome!

Cooking Options…

There are three ways to cook this beautiful chili:

  1. Stove top
  2. Crock pot
  3. Instant Pot

I love all three methods…but I often go for the Crock-Pot for a chili so I can do all my prepping in the morning, making dinner time stress-free!

All three cooking methods start off and end the same! They start off by heating the oil in a stock pot and adding the onion and garlic. Adding the vegetables, then the beef. Now, depending on which cooking method you choose, things get a little different at this point. 

  • If you want to continue to use the stove top, then stir in the canned tomatoes, broth, bacon and seasonings in your stock pot, then turn the heat down to a low, and simmer for 45-60 minutes.
  • If you go the crock pot route, transfer the beef and vegetables mixture to your crock pot. Stir in the canned tomatoes, broth, bacon and seasonings and set to the “low” setting for 8 hours.
  • And, if you opt for the instant pot, simply sauté the vegetables and beef in the same order as the stove top and crock pot method. Then turn your instant pot off. Add the canned tomatoes, broth, bacon and seasonings and press the “chili” or “manual” setting for 20-25 minutes.

Serve With…

Buttered Bread Rolls

Low Carb Garlic Dough Balls

Low Carb Bread Loaf

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Bacon & Mushroom Quiche

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Beef and Bacon Chili (Stove Top | Crock Pot | Instant Pot)

This low carb beef and bacon chili is rich, flavorful and ever-so comforting! It can be made on the stove top, crock pot or an instant pot!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, beef, chili, keto, low carb
Servings: 6
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Anna – everydayketorecipes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 6 slices bacon cooked
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

STOVE TOP

  • Heat the olive oil in a stock pot. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes on a medium-high heat.
  • Add celery and pepper and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  • Add the bacon, chopped tomatoes, beef broth and seasonings. Stir well.
  • Turn the heat down to a low, cover and simmer for 40-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

CROCK POT

  • Heat the olive oil in a stock pot. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes on a medium-high heat.
  • Add celery and pepper and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Transfer the beef and vegetable mixture to the crock pot.
  • Add in the bacon, chopped tomatoes, beef broth and seasonings. Stir well.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 3 hours.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

INSTANT POT

  • Set to sauté on the medium heat setting and pour in the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add celery and pepper and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  • Turn off the heat and add the bacon, chopped tomatoes, beef broth and seasonings. Stir well.
  • Place the lid back on and set to “chili” or “manual” setting for 20-25 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Optional toppings: sour cream, avocado, shredded cheese, jalapeños, cilantro and green onions.

Nutrition Facts:
Servings:  6
Calories:  307
Fat:  16.9g
Carbohydrate:  6.7g
Fiber:  2g
Net Carbs:  4.7g
Protein:  31.8g

Nutritional Disclaimer
Please note, I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional information for this recipe is provided for informational purposes only. I aim to provide the most accurate information possible but I advise you calculate the nutritional information yourself, using your favorite nutrition calculator.



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