No-Bean Chili Recipe
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No-Bean Chili Recipe

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I often combine the ingredients for this zesty chili the night before. In the morning I load up the slow cooker and let it go! It's so easy to prepare. —Molly Butt, Granville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice or pasta
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without optional toppings): 225 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 940mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. Crumble beef into a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 11 ingredients and mix well. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with rice or pasta and the toppings of your choice. Yield: 6 servings.
Thoroughly wash fresh parsley and shale off excess water. Wrap in paper towels and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Chopping parsley is easier if the leaves are thoroughly dry.
Originally published as No-Bean Chili in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p73

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thatchergb1700 User ID: 8765373 243527
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"Question: How many oz in one serving?"

Hansgirl21 User ID: 8578893 235247
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"I was really looking forward to trying a new crockpot beanless chili. My husband likes no bean chili and asked for it. It was horrible. I followed the recipe exactly, not even a small change. My husband took 2 bites and wouldn't eat it. The beef turned into like a minced meat with a horrible texture and I couldn't taste the spices, pretty much just tomato and minced meat. Very disappointed"

DeniseMo User ID: 2164226 234890
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"I made this as directed. It was super easy and the meat was tender. However, I found this to be lacking of flavor and spice, not necessarily heat. I enjoy depth of flavor in my chili."

cheriinil User ID: 6339649 203733
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"I love this recipe! I follow the recipe exactly and it was great. I love chili in the fall and winter. I'm a person that can't have beans, so it's perfect for me."

djakins User ID: 3730659 59093
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

"I made this but used a can of Rotel instead of the tomatoes. We loved it. I probably will add another can of tomato sauce the next time simply because we like our chili to be a little bit more liquid, especially since I only used 1 pound of ground beef instead of the 1-1/2 pounds. We used it as a topping for tamales and it was excellent. We're very particular about our chili for hot dogs and this would be very good. I'll probably make a big bunch to freeze so we'll have it."

ras1103 User ID: 3601852 32881
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"Excellent flavor, but just a bit salty for our taste. Will cut back on the salt next time and/or use low-sodium tomatoes and sauce."

maryvandorin User ID: 1430948 79232
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"This is very good and low in carbs. I also add tomato juice. We eat it without rice or pasta."

billie63 User ID: 1600977 43552
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011


Luvinmilife11 User ID: 6205140 100257
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Followed the directions, not much flavor you expect from chili. Tasted like spaghetti sauce."

courtadk User ID: 3464600 80336
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Made a double batch, and it still fit into my crock pot. Loved it on the rice. I added a couple of banana peppers to give it a little more kick. I still felt it needed something else....not sure just what."

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