Smoky Chipotle Chili

"This recipe is a creation of love over time, and combines chipotle adobo peppers and smoky chipotle chili powder for a deep, sweet heat that's delicious every time! The recipe does not call for beans so is low-carb and a super easy weeknight meal to throw together - it gets even better on the second day!"

Prep Time

5 min

Cook Time

30 min

Paired With

Main Protein



Chili powder 2 tbs, 1/2 tsp, 2 tsp, 2 tsp, 2 tsp, 2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tsp, 2 lbs, 1, 1, 4 tbs, 6 oz can, 2 - 4 peppers, 2 tsp, 2, 14.5 oz cans, 1 cup
chipotle chili powder
onion powder
garlic powder
black pepper
ground beef, turkey, or chicken
bell pepper, chopped
large onion, chopped
garlic, minced
tomato paste
chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeds scraped out and chopped (omit if Whole30)
adobo sauce (from pepper can, omit if Whole30)
diced tomatoes
chicken or beef broth


In a small bowl, combine all chili seasoning ingredients and set aside
Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Crumble the beef into the pan and allow it to start to brown
Throw in the bell pepper, onion, and garlic and saute the beef and veggies until the beef is no longer pink and the onions have begun to soften
Add in the chili seasoning and mix with the meat and veggies. Allow to cook for a minute or two
Add the tomato paste and chopped adobo peppers and mix until combined. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add in the rest of the ingredients. If you like a soupier chili, add a little extra chicken broth.
Once all is combined, bring to a simmer. Once simmering, lower the heat and cover. Let simmer for 20 – 30 minutes.
Uncover and taste for salt – add more if desired.
Serve with your favorite chili toppings – this time we chose avocado and green onion! Just as delicious with cheese, crackers, or some crusty bread for soaking up the last little bits.