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No Bean Chili Recipe

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


No Bean Chili is a thick, chunky beanless chili recipe loaded with meat, veggies, and flavor! Made on the stovetop in under an hour, it’s a warm, comforting meal that tastes even better the next day.


Units Scale
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil (adding oil is optional, but recommended for better browning)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic (1 to 2 cloves)
  • 4.5 ounce can chopped green chile peppers, drained (about 1/3 cup chopped if buying canned whole peppers)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste (for thicker chili)
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (can omit, but highly recommended if using leaner meat like ground turkey)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Optional Garnishes: lime wedges, chopped fresh cilantro, avocado slices and/or shredded cheese


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground meat and brown for 4 to 5 minutes or until the meat is cooked. With a slotted spoon, remove the ground meat from the pot, and place in a bowl. (There should be a small amount of oil/grease left in the pot to cook vegetables, if not, add 1 Tablespoon light olive oil.)


Substitute Tips – If using ground turkey or ground chicken, use a higher fat 85/15 or a ground dark meat for a more flavorful taste. Vegetarian option – Brown tempeh instead of meat or use or vegan taco meat in place of meat and add to pot at the end before simmering.

Storage Tips – Store cooked and cooled chili in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 242
  • Sugar: 5.7 g
  • Sodium: 551.3 mg
  • Fat: 12.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.3 g
  • Fiber: 4.3 g
  • Protein: 20.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 58.8 mg