Easy Diabetic Chili Recipe

I love chili con carne and find myself making it often, either as a tasty treat for myself or as a shared meal for my husband and I. I usually make a big batch of it so I can enjoy it for lunch the next day, and the next! My husband is diabetic, so I needed to find a tasty low carb diabetic chili recipe which would taste good and look appetizing, and that is when I came up with this one.

The ingredients are nutritious and the flavor in this diabetic chili recipe is wonderful. You can tweak this diabetic chili recipe to your heart’s content, swapping the ground beef for chicken or pork, adding more spice (or less!) or swapping the tortilla bowls for homemade tortilla chips. You can use your favorite type of low carb tortillas to make any of these. You could even use a pizza cutter to slice tortillas into strips and scatter those over the finished dish. Now is this diabetic chili recipe sounding tempting?

I have a couple of crockpots – a huge one and a medium (OK small) one, and it’s the smaller one I use for making this diabetic chili recipe. I saute the meat with onions and garlic, then stir in the other ingredients and transfer the whole lot into the crockpot. I find 4 hours is enough to cook the chili and get all the flavors rich and perfect if I cook the diabetic chili recipe on HIGH or perhaps 8 to 9 hours on LOW. Which I choose just depends what time of the day I get the mixture in the crockpot.

Best Diabetic Chili Recipe

My husband is my biggest fan where it comes to cooking and, even though our regular menus have changed since his diabetes diagnosis, I still endeavor to keep things interesting. There are plenty of foods off-limits to him now, but I’ve discovered plenty of tempting treats such as low carb Carisma potatoes and Lizi’s low GI granola, both of which we really likes. But back to the chili – this diabetic chili recipe makes a nice dish for anyone who is diabetic or following a low carb diet for whichever reason.

I’ve made plenty of chilies in the past and I enjoy trying new variations. In fact I wrote/found 30 chili recipes for this extensive post if you’re looking for more ideas. The following recipe details how I put the diabetic chili recipe together last night but you can add anything else to the mix if you want. This is just a template and this way of making it does yield a nice flavor.

More Low Carb Chili Tips

To make the chili bowls for our diabetic chili recipe, you will need to spritz low carb tortillas with nonstick cooking spray then drape them over upturned ovenproof bowls (I have metal ones) and they will hold that shape and get crisp. Make these ahead if you want, or when the chili is pretty much ready to serve. The salad should be made at the end too. If you want to prep your salad ingredients ahead, toss the avocado in lime juice (instead of adding it to the dressing) else it will turn brown.

The exact number of carbs in the diabetic chili recipe will depend which of the optional ingredients you use, as well as your brand of hot sauce, whether you use low-carb cream and so on, so it’s better just to say this recipe was created with the diabetic eater in mind.

Making a Diabetic Chili Recipe for a Crowd

If you’re cooking for a crowd you could rustle up some white rice to serve to the non low-carbers or even regular tortillas as well as the low carb ones. Take this diabetic chili recipe and do whatever you like with it, either following it to the letter or tweaking it to your needs and wishes. Hope you enjoy!

Easy Diabetic Chili Recipe
This low carb chili recipe is ideal for diabetics and low-carb eaters. It boasts ground beef, tomatoes, kidney beans, garlic, and more, and is served in a crispy tortilla shell for maximum visual appeal.
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 lb (450g) ground beef
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 1 or 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 14 oz (400g) tomatoes in juice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Chili powder and/or hot sauce, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
For the Tortilla Shells
  • 4 low carb tortillas
  • Nonstick cooking spray
For the Salad
  • Small bag of mixed salad leaves
  • 8 halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • Lime juice, to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
To Serve (All Optional)
  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Fresh herbs, to garnish (I used basil but cilantro would work too)
  1. First heat the olive oil in a pan.
  2. Add the beef, onion and garlic.
  3. Saute, stirring, until the beef is browned all over.
  4. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Transfer the mixture to your crockpot.
  6. Cook it on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
  7. Spray the tortillas on both sides with nonstick cooking spray.
  8. Drape each one over an upturned metal bowl (or similar).
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 10 minutes or until rigid.
  10. Toss the salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and avocado.
  11. Dress with lime juice and extra-virgin olive oil.
  12. Ladle some chili into each tortilla bowl.
  13. Serve the salad on the side.
  14. Offer cheese and sour cream at the table or add them now as a garnish.
  15. Offer extra hot sauce at the table for those who prefer their chili fiery!

How to Make Tortilla Bowls

This video shows you how to make the tortilla bowls the diabetic chili recipe is served in. I used metal bowls rather than the Pyrex ones used in the video but the concept is of course the same. As we ate the diabetic chili recipe, we broke off pieces of the tortilla to enjoy by dipping it into the chili and sour cream. The tortilla bowl doesn’t go soggy.


Some More Hot Content For You

Other Posts You Might Like
  • Bamboo Shoot and Pork WontonBamboo Shoot and Pork Wonton
    Here we are looking at making bamboo shoot and pork wonton. Pork and shrimp might sound like a strange combination but as wonton fans everywhere know, it is a magical mixture! Add bamboo shoots, green onions and a few other choice ingredients and you have wonton soup to die for. These wontons are meaty, fish and full-flavored. If you use water, then you will get soft wontons. Wontons are boiled in liquid when you want them to be soft and fried when you want a crispy finish. Another way to get a soft finish is to steam the wontons. This bamboo shoot and pork wonton recipe is easy to make and even if you’re new to wonton making you will .....
  • Stuffed SquidGreek Stuffed Squid with Parsley and White Wine
    Known all over the world, this wonderful Greek take on stuffed squid is a surefire way to anyone’s heart. Greek stuffed squid with parsley will win its way to anyone’s heart. Want to impress someone? Easy! Just make this! Who else cooks seafood with as much passion or commitment as the Greeks? Greek stuffed squid with parsley is sure to be a hit. Well, perhaps other Mediterranean countries too, but this recipe is one of the nicest, and all the passion of the Greeks goes into selecting and preparing the ingredients, and the result is something you can call ‘gourmet’ and is definitely both well-balanced and highly .....
  • Warm Duck Breast Salad
    This warm duck breast salad is one of my favorite recipes, and my husband especially loves this dish! It is really easy to make too, and a good introduction to the joys of working with duck breast. It does not take long to make. In fact you can have it ready in under half an hour, including both cooking and prep time. This warm duck breast salad is filling enough to be the main dish, but if you were looking for an appetizer duck salad then simply use this recipe to serve 4 and it will make a tasty, filling appetizer dish, or even 6 if you don’t want such large appetizer servings. Any leftover duck can always be refrigerated then used .....
  • Best Stuffed SquidBest Stuffed Squid Recipe with Sauce
    I love making stuffed squid and I enjoy trying out new recipes, but this is the one I usually made because my husband is crazy about it. Use big squid tubes to make this recipe and only fill them two-thirds full so the filling does not expand and come out. This is, in my opinion, the best stuffed squid recipe with sauce. I love the texture, the flavor… everything! You will need to clean the squid first, unless you are using the cleaned type. I usually get ready-cleaned ones, and I can get a package of 5 frozen ones from the Chinese store. I thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and they are great. When cooking the squid, cook them .....
  • Top Benefits of Yoga
    Yoga is something that people overlook when talking about exercise. I mean how can it not be – it’s something that people only do for fun, right? Wrong, yoga is amazing in the benefits that it produces and the effect it has on people’s lives. There are benefits of yoga a lot of people don’t realize. You may see people bending and twisting their bodies in weird ways when you think about advanced yoga or even yoga for beginners, but in fact it’s something completely different. Yes, it does include stretching and it should be done when starting yoga. Although, if you’ve been doing yoga for a few years now, .....
  • Easy Chicken Laksa RecipeEasy Chicken Laksa Recipe
    Laksa is a spicy noodle soup, and this easy chicken laksa recipe is well worth making. It originates from the Peranakan culture, which is a blend of Malay and Chinese. This culture is found in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. There are 2 main kinds of laksa, curry laksa and asam laksa. The curry kind is a coconut curry soup and the asam kind is a sour fish soup. Different Kinds of Laksa Recipes Both kinds have noodles, and these might be thick rice noodles or rice vermicelli. Thick rice noodles are called ‘laksa noodles’ in some places. Curry laksa might include fish sticks, cockles, shrimp or bean curd puffs. Alternately it .....
  • Different Types of Kitchen Knives
    When you shop for kitchen knives there are a few things to think about because there are different types of kitchen knives for different things. You will need different knives for different purposes. A santoko, or chef’s knife, is important. This knife is long enough to use for slicing and carving. If you only had one knife, a chef’s knife is the one to go for. The next knife you will need is one you can dice, mince and chop with. This would be a utility, usuba or paring knife. Any of these would be ideal for preparing the ingredients to add to a dish. A long, thin knife like a carver or slicer is good for cutting meat, fish and .....
  • Perfect Peach SmoothiePerfect Peach Smoothie
    Peach smoothie is perfect for any age or occasion, and you can adapt the following recipe as much as you want. Serve it in martini glasses, tall glasses or another kind, and garnish each one with a peach slice if you want, or a strawberry perhaps. This lovely recipe is quick and easy to make. Simply throw everything into a blender and press the button. If you find yourself with a batch of fresh peaches to use up, consider making this recipe. You don’t have to use fresh peaches. Frozen ones will work too, either thawed or still frozen, and if you’re using still-frozen ones you can leave out the ice cubes. Fruity and Fantastic .....
  • How to Make Rice SaladHow to Make Rice Salad
    Learning how to make rice salad is very easy and there are so many different ways you can prepare this delicious dish. Rice salad is perfect for lunch or as part of a buffet, and you can also serve it alongside steak or with chicken or fish. Absolutely anyone can make rice salad recipes and once you are familiar with the recipe you can experiment with other ingredients to make the dish taste different. How to Make Rice Salad: Simple Yet Perfect There are not many steps you need to make this dish, which is why it is so simple. If you enjoy being creative in the kitchen you will love making it because you can be imaginative with what goes into .....
  • An Introduction to Breda for Visitors
    Breda (pronounced bray-DAH) is a city and municipality in the south of the Netherlands. The name comes from ‘brede Aa’ which means ‘wide Aa’, referring to where the rivers Mark and Aa meet. In 2014, Breda, Netherlands had 180,420 residents. Breda is known for its food and drink industry, and companies like Van Melle (Mentos), Kwatta (chocolate), Hero (soft drinks), and De Faam (licorice) are based there and known throughout Western Europe. Breda beer is exported all over the world, and there is also a sugar factory there to supply the sweet stuff to the food and beverage factories. The biggest brewery in the Netherlands, Oranjeboom, was .....

Tasty Query - recipes search engine