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Keto Skyline Chili

Skyline chili is a delicious staple of chili restaurants in Cincinnati. This keto skyline chili keeps the tradition alive without extra carbs or sugar!

Keto Skyline Chili
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WHAT IS KETO SKYLINE CHILI?

Skyline Chili is a chain of restaurants around the Cincinnati, Ohio area. The restaurant was founded by a Greek immigrant named Nicholas Lambrinides.

The name “skyline” came from the skyline Nicholas was able to see from his first restaurant in 1949.

Skyline chili is even considered to be the official of many local professional sports teams and venues, including the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Cyclones, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Kings Island theme park.

Currently, the restaurant chain has 152 locations across four states (Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Florida).

The chili differs from most “main course” chilis because it does not contain beans. Rather, it looks like a “hotdog” chili due to the lack of beans.

The chili is often served over hot dogs, spaghetti noodles, with beans added, and with onions added.

In some areas, you can even buy the chili pre-packaged in super markets. The chili comes either in a can or frozen.

KETO SKYLINE CHILI INGREDIENTS

While keto skyline chili isn’t hard to make, the ingredient list can be a bit daunting. In fact, it is probably one of the more ingredient-heavy recipes on this website.

The spices in this chili are what make it special, so make special note that you have each and every one of them before trying to make this.

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe a success!

  • 2 lb ground beef (70/30 preferred)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or grated parmesan cheese, to garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cups Lakanto Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener
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  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Once you have these ingredients rounded up you’re ready to go!

Keto Skyline Chili

HOW TO MAKE SKYLINE CHILI

To make a pot of delicious keto skyline chili, use the following directions.

  1. In a deep saucepan or pot, brown ground beef
  2. As the beef is almost browned, add garlic and onion and saute
  3. After the garlic and onion are sautéed and beef is browned, add all of the rest of the ingredients
  4. Simmer the mixture uncovered for at least one hour (preferably two) until the mixture begins to reduce and thicken considerably
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Garnish with your cheese of choice, serve, and enjoy!

If you are interested in making this recipe in a crockpot or Instant Pot, read on below for information on each of those preparation methods.

CAN I MAKE SKYLINE CHILI WITH BEANS?

The simple answer is: no. Beans of all types are not low-carb or keto-friendly and therefore, can’t be added to your cooking.

While yes, variations of skyline chili add beans, it simply isn’t a feasible addition on a low-carb diet. Sorry!

SKYLINE CHILI VS. GOLD STAR CHILI

For those familiar with both, the question might become… Are Skyline Chili and Gold-Star Chili the same?

Each chain has their own secret recipe and seasoning blend. Gold Star is thicker than Skyline, and thanks to its own mix of ingredients, has a flavor all its own.

The easiest way to answer this question is simply that the two are not the same, but are both equally flavorful.

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IS REGULAR SKYLINE CHILI KETO-FRIENDLY?

While the exact skyline chili recipe is still a well-gaurded secret (it’s locked in a bank vault, actually) our guess is that no; skyline chili like you can buy in the grocery or in the restuarant is not keto-friendly.

First, a quick search will reveal tons of copycat recipes, and each calls for it’s own amount of sugar, brown sugar, or corn syrup.

Of course, none of those options are keto.

Secondly, since the chili does have a sweet taste to it, we can assume that the original does have an added sugar component.

The processed canned/frozen chili probably has more than the original.

So, while no, we don’t know for sure, it is a good bet the original won’t hold up to low-carb or ketogenic guidelines.

Keto Skyline Chili

CAN THIS CHILI BE MADE IN A SLOW COOKER/INSTANT POT?

Yes, it can! While this recipe was developed for stovetop preparation, skyline chili can be made in a crockpot or Instant Pot.

Read on below for more information on each preparation method.

SKYLINE CHILI IN A CROCKPOT

To prepare this chili in a crockpot, brown the beef and saute the garlic and onion in a skillet.

Place the beef, onion, and garlic into your crockpot and add the rest of the ingredients. Set to high heat and cover.

Cook for 2 – 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begins to thicken. Ladle, serve, and enjoy!

SKYLINE CHILI IN AN INSTANT POT

To begin, set your Instant Pot to “Saute.” Use this setting to brown the ground beef. As the beef is finishing, you can decide whether you’d like to drain off some of the fat before continuing.

Add and sauté the garlic and onion. Add the rest of the ingredients and set your Instant Pot to “Slow Cook” leaving the top off.

Slow cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begins to thicken. The amount of time it takes to thicken will vary.

Ladle into a dish (or over noodles, discussed below), garnish, and enjoy!

Keto Skyline Chili

CAN THIS BE EATEN OVER NOODLES?

Absolutely! Of course, traditional noodles aren’t an option. If you want to serve your keto skyline chili over a bed of noodles, opt for shirataki noodles.

Shirataki noodles are made from the root of the konjac yam. They are translucent and a great substitution for regular noodles.

Their nutrition content makes them perfect for a low-carb/ketogenic way of eating.

High in non-digestible fiber, they contain roughly 1g of carbohydrates per package.

If nothing else, rinse the noodles well after removing from their bag, and serve hot chili overtop.

Otherwise, prepare the noodles in the way you like best (rinsing is a must!) and enjoy!

Keto Skyline Chili

Keto Skyline Chili

Keto Skyline Chili

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Skyline chili is a delicious staple of chili restaurants in Cincinnati. This keto skyline chili keeps the tradition alive without extra carbs or sugar!

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground beef (70/30)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (to garnish)
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cups Lakanto Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener
  • use coupon code betterthanbreadketo for 20% off your order!
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a deep saucepan or pot, brown ground beef
  2. As the beef is almost browned, add garlic and onion and saute
  3. After the garlic and onion are sautéed and beef is browned, add all of the rest of the ingredients
  4. Simmer the mixture uncovered for at least one hour (preferably two) until the mixture begins to reduce and thicken considerably
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Garnish with your cheese of choice, serve, and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4
Amount Per ServingCalories 380 Total Fat 25g Carbohydrates 4g Protein 34g
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