When I was searching out recipes for my Low Carb Superbowl Recipe Roundup I noticed that there is a surprising lack of low carb ground beef chili recipes out there on the interweb.
Even here on IBIH I have some non-traditional low carb chili recipes like the Tropical Turkey Chili and Pumpkin Chicken Chili (which are both delicious if I do say say so!), but no traditional ground beef chili recipes.
So this week I decided to remedy that situation – and not only that, but I wanted to give you a super simple and fast chili, that can be whipped up on a weeknight (or any time) in just a few minutes.
Now people love their chili recipes – so much so that entire contests and Simpsons episodes are devoted to it. Maybe you have a family favorite that you swear by, and I’m not trying to tread on that here. But sometimes you just need dinner fast, or cheap, or just feel too lazy to devote hours to simmering down all those chopped veggies and meat into the best chili anyone has ever tasted.
And that, my friends, is where this recipe comes in. Don’t get me wrong, it might not win any contests, but this is some seriously delicious chili that can serve many uses. Eat it out of a bowl with a spoon, stuff it into little sweet peppers as an appetizer, cover it with cheese and sour cream and serve with pork rinds as low carb nachos, use it as a base for taco salad…you get the idea.
The secret to this 10 minute chili is using a prepared salsa in lieu of doing all of that chopping yourself. Use any salsa that you like – if you enjoy the flavor of it out of the jar, then you’ll love it in this chili. If you can find one that is free of sugar and fillers, then this makes a perfect, easy Whole 30 lunch or dinner. I’m writing the recipe for 4 servings (1lb ground beef), but it can easily be double, tripled, etc.
So do yourself a favor and don’t be a chili snob – give this one a try and you might never go back to your old, labor intensive, chili recipe again!
- 1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp ground cayenne (optional)
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ cup prepared salsa (I used Pace Mild)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan, combine the ground beef and all of the spices. When the meat is cooked through, add your salsa. Simmer for 5 minutes. Nom.
- Optional garnishes: red onion, cilantro, avocado, lime, cheese, sour cream, corn, peppers
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