Easy No Bean Chili Recipe

Chef Danielle Miele , On March 18, 2023


This no bean chili recipe is a delectable spicy stew that is sure to be a crowd pleaser and goes great as a side to any dish. While this no bean chili recipe can be made with ground beef, I make it with ground turkey in this recipe since it is a leaner meat. Alternatively, you can grind your own meat to choose a blend of lean meats and fattier meats – up to you. If you do opt to grind your own meat for this no bean chili recipe, the grinding process will make even the most tough cuts of meat delicious and enjoyable for this no bean chili stew recipe.

A benefit of making chili without beans is that you reduce the phosphorus content from the stew, making it a great renal meal choice for patients suffering from a renal condition. Also, since pre-cooked canned beans are often high in sodium, removing the beans will also make this into a low sodium meal recipe!

Easy No Bean Chili Recipe Ingredients:

Ingredients For This No Bean Chili Recipe.

No Bean Chili Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes

  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce

  • 1 cup water

Kitchen Tools Needed For This Easy No Bean Chili Recipe

  • Large pot or dutch oven

  • Chef’s knife

  • Cutting board

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Wooden spoon or spatula

Easy No Bean Chili Recipe Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large pot or skillet oven, cook the ground turkey over medium heat until browned. Drain off any excess fat.

    Turkey in Skillet

    Cooking the lean turkey in a skillet

  2. Add the cut vegetables such as the onion, green bell pepper, and minced garlic to the pot. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.

  3. Add the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and black pepper to the pot. Stir to combine.

  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and water to the pot. Stir to combine.

  5. Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Serve the chili hot with your favorite toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, or chopped cilantro.

    No bean chili recipe with garnish

    No bean chili recipe with garnish

Easy No Bean Chili Recipe Nutrition Facts:

This easy no bean chili recipe is low in phosphorus and potassium due to the notable bean absence, which is a health benefit for people suffering from renal failure. However the beef makes this no bean chili recipe a great source of protein, iron, B12 vitamin, and zinc.

  • Calories: 243

  • Total Fat: 12 g

  • Protein: 19 g

Enjoy your delicious and healthy no bean chili with a topping such as shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped onions and cilantro. Enjoy this easy no bean chili recipe as a hearty meal or serve with a side of cornbread or steamed brown rice.

Chef Danielle Miele

Chef Miele started in the industry as a chef's assistant back in the early 1990s at a New England style seafood shack. After several stints in the industry she earned a formal chef's degree with honors from Le Cordon Bleu. When she is not cooking for her husband and teenage son, she enjoys researching techniques and ingredients from different cultures, with a focus on enhanced flavor and nutrition.