Chili…Hold the Beans

Chili…Hold the Beans

My No-Bean Chili Recipe

Chili is one of those foods that people rave about. It is a filling, comfort food eaten most often out of a slow cooker by raving fans of some type of outdoor sporting event or gathering. I had yet to experience the camaraderie that accompanied chili eating because chili was filled with beans, and I was living a “sans beans” lifestyle. Well, all that is about to change-sort of.

Growing up I did not have an affinity for beans, and not much has changed. Don’t get me wrong, beans are good for you. There is many an article that pours out the value and benefit of beans to the people who eat beans. I was just never able to get past the texture. If you are one of those people who “don’t see the draw” this post might just be for you.

Is Bean-Free Chili even Legal?

I stumbled across a recipe that suggested something simple, and yet so sinfully wrong, I couldn’t believe I was seeing it in print. Chili made without the beans. Is that even a thing? Being a lifetime avoid-er of chili, feeling left out all these years and in addition being mid-way through the football season, (Patriots fan-enough said), I immediately began to research the ingredients needed to create this incredibly controversial version of chili for myself and my football family.

I must confess that I have made this recipe several times now and it is great made either on the stove top or in a slow cooker. I have been creative with the toppings at times and sometimes whip it up mid-week as a filling option on a cold night. I am 100% a non-bean chili fan and I think you will be too.

Is Bean-Free Chili Even Healthy?

Don’t think that because we have removed the beans we have removed the nutrition from this recipe.  Tomato sauce and paste are made from tomatoes and tomatoes are a nutrient dense food full of fiber and vitamin C.  Tomatoes are also rich in phytonutrients which are immune boosting substances only found in fruits and vegetables.  It’s what gives fruits and vegetables, like tomato and carrots,  their bright colors.  Your immune systems job is to  fight off germs in your body and phytonutrients help your immune system stay strong.

Unprocessed food is another way to keep your immune system strong so I start out with grass-fed ground beef and highly recommend that you do too. Ground beef is the main ingredient in this chili and having a healthy and high quality ground beef is a key to the recipe being a success. Take the remainder of the ingredients and some spices, top with some cheddar cheese or sour cream and you have a healthy, tasty dinner combination. It is super easy to make and tastes delicious.

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Chili...Hold the Beans

Keyword chili without beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 lbs ground beef lean grass fed
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce I used organic
  • 6 ounces tomato paste I used organic
  • 1 carrot chopped small
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
  • cheddar cheese garnish


  • Brown beef over medium heat, add chopped onion and minced garlic
    When beef is almost completely browned add carrot and cook until carrot has softened a bit, about 5 minutes.  
    Drain the beef. Add the beef mixture, the tomato paste and tomato sauce along with the spices to a dutch oven and mix completely.
    Lower heat and cook for about 30 minutes until heated through.
    Serve topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream or any other topping you desire.
    It tastes great with bread and butter!

If you are using a slow cooker, you can add the carrot directly to the slow cooker, it is not necessary to cook it in in the skillet to soften.

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