Easy Chili Cheese Stuffed Avocados (Keto, Healthy)
Chili Cheese stuffed avocados are a quick and easy low carb meal ready in just 30 minutes. A simple, spicy, and beanless ground beef chili stuffed into a creamy halved avocado topped with cheese, sour cream, and green onions. A fast and simple keto friendly meal that is hearty, healthy and satisfying, ready in just 30 minutes.
Just 7g net carbs per serving this recipe is a healthy keto friendly source of electrolytes and fats.
This recipe is part of my 60 minute meal series.
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Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Each avocado half is like a little bowl with meaty spicy chili and creamy rich avocado in every scoop which cools down the spice a bit.
- Chili cheese stuffed avocados are a quick and simple one pan low carb meal.
- Easy to make, this meal is ready in just 30 minutes.
- Full of good fats and nutrients, this low carb meal is super healthy. A great source of electrolytes.
Chili Stuffed Avocado Ingredients
This recipe features a quick stovetop low carb beanless chili spooned over a partially hollowed avocado and topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions.
For this recipe you’ll need:
- Ground beef – Generally 70/30 ground beef is my preferred choice since it has the most flavour, but lean ground beef can be used as well. If you don’t want the fat in there, drain it off after cooking the ground beef, it makes a great cooking fat.
- Onion – Yellow onions have the lowest amount of carbs but you can use whatever you prefer.
- Chili powder – Standard chili powder (not to be confused with desi chili powder which is super spicy)
- Ancho chili Powder or chipotle powder – These are optional additions but can add a nice kick of heat and flavor to the chili.
- Salt and pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Rotel or Diced Tomatoes – Rotel is diced tomatoes with added green chilies, it has a ton of flavor and not too many carbs. You can also used chili spiced canned tomatoes, fire roasted canned tomatoes, or standard canned tomatoes.
- Jalapeno – Added for a nice kick of heat, if you want to decrease the heat level, remove the seeds and white placenta/pith from the jalapeno before chopping.
- Sour cream
- Cheddar cheese
- Green onion
- Fresh cilantro
- Lime juice
Stuffed Avocado Variations
Stuffed avocados are incredibly versatile and can be served with a variety of different toppings. Here are some of the best ideas for low carb stuffed avocados.
Try a Different Meat – This easy chili cheese topping can be made with any of your favourite ground meats, ground chicken, turkey, sausage, pork, even venison will make a flavourful chili.
Taco Stuffed Avocados – Instead of chili, use taco meat, and dress with all the fixin’s for a Tex-mex inspired stuffed avocado.
Chicken Carbonara Stuffed Avocado – Make a quick low carb cream sauce or alfredo, toss in come cooked chicken, and bacon, for a creamy, rich carbonara stuffed avocado.
Cheeseburger Stuffed Avocado – Stuff with seasoned ground beef and top with a simple burger sauce, chopped pickles, onions, cheese, and your favourite burger toppings.
Add Some Beans – The great chili bean debate aside, if you enjoy some beans in your chili, go ahead and add some softened beans to the mix. If you are trying to cut carbs black soy beans and Lupini beans are the lowest carb beans.
Chili Cheese Stuffed Avocado Tips
- Use a spoon to partially scoop out the avocado halves to make more room for the chili cheese topping. Leave as much meat in the avocado as possible while making room for the chili. The scooped out avocado can be used to make a guacamole topping or fluffed and added back to the avocado before stuffing to make it easier to eat.
- You can also drag a fork through the avocados to loosen and fluff the meat so there is room to add the chili.
- After slicing and pitting the avocados squeeze some fresh lime juice over each of the halves to prevent them from browning.
- Make the low carb chili a little thicker than normal so it makes a good topping for the stuffed avocados.
- Use avocados that are fresh and ripe for the best flavour and texture. The best way to tell if an avocado is ripe is to squeeze it lightly. A ripe avocado will be softer and should give slightly when squeezed with some resistance.
Are Stuffed Avocados a Healthy Keto Recipe?
These chili cheese stuffed avocados are packed with nutritious vitamins, fats, and minerals.
Each serving of this recipe has only 7g of net carbs meaning its low in unnecessary starches and sugar, while still giving you a good amount of fiber. There are also 21g of protein in each serving!
Struggling with electrolytes? Then this keto recipe is for you!
If you want to up your electrolyte intake without supplements, then these stuffed avocados can help.
Each serving is packed with the Big 3 electrolytes that help get rid of keto flu: 1011mg of potassium, 580mg of sodium, and 65mg of magnesium to name a few! They also contain 135mg of folate, a good amount of B vitamins, and are a low carb source of vitamins C, A and K.
Click on the link at the bottom of this nutritional label to see the full breakdown using the free food and recipe tracker Cronometer.
What to Serve with Keto Stuffed Avocados
Low carb chili cheese stuffed avocado and be served on their own as a simple keto friendly meal or alongside any of your favourite low carb side dishes. Try serving stuffed avocados with any of these easy side dishes:
Try one of these low carb side dishes!
Make Ahead, Leftovers, and Reheating
To make stuffed avocados in advance for low carb meal prep or to save as leftovers. Allow the chili to cool and store in an airtight container separately from the avocados if possible. Chili will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you know you are making this recipe ahead of time, wait until you are ready to eat to slice the avocados in half.
To store already sliced avocado, squeeze fresh lime juice over each one and make sure the juice covers any exposed avocado meat to prevent browning. Place the halved avocados cut side down in an airtight container and place in the fridge for 2-3 days.
When ready to serve, reheat the chili on the stove in a saucepan over medium heat until warmed through or in the microwave. Serve over fresh sliced avocados.
Can I freeze this recipe?
The chili is freezer friendly and can be frozen for 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge or in the microwave before reheating and serve with fresh avocados.
Chili Cheese Stuffed Avocados
IMPORTANT – There are often Frequently Asked Questions within the blog post that you may find helpful. Simply scroll back up to read them!
- Knife and Cutting Board
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ancho chili or chipotle powder optional
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large jalapeno chopped
- 10 oz diced tomatoes chili spiced or rotel
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ⅓ cup water
- 6-8 large avocados halved
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
- green onion sliced
- cilantro chopped
- ½ cup sour cream
- guacamole optional
- Brown the ground beef. Add the ground beef and onion to a large pan over medium heat and cook until just browned and the onion is softened. Drain the fat is desired. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally until the garlic begins to brown.1 pound ground beef, 1 small onion, 3 cloves garlic
- Add the spices. Add the cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, ancho or chipotle if using, onion powder, black pepper, salt, and chopped jalapeno. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes.1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon ancho chili or chipotle powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 large jalapeno
- Simmer with tomatoes until tender. Add the diced tomatoes (Rotel), vinegar, water, and Worcestershire to the pan and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes are tender and the sauce has thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.10 oz diced tomatoes, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, ⅓ cup water, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Prepare the avocados. Cut each of the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Use a spoon to gently scoop a 1-2 tablespoons of avocado out of each half to make a sizeable well you can stuff the chili into. Make sure you leave as much meat on the avocado as possible while making room for the chili. The removed avocado can be used as a topping or made into fresh guacamole. Lightly rub each avocado with lime juice and sprinkle with salt. You can also fluff the avocado by dragging a fork across it to make room for the chili.6-8 large avocados, ¼ cup lime juice, salt
- Stuff avocados and serve. Fill each of the halved avocados generously with the chili and top with grated cheddar cheese, sliced green onion, fresh cilantro, guacamole, or sour cream. Serve and enjoy!1 cup cheddar cheese, green onion, cilantro, ½ cup sour cream, guacamole
How thick should I make the chili?Make the stove top chili a little thicker than you normally would so its easier to stuff into the avocado halves.
How spicy is this chili?The chili has a kick of heat from the green chilies in the Rotel, and jalapeno pepper which is balanced with the cooling creaminess of the avocado. To make this chili less spicy, deseed the jalapeno or omit it completely. For a spicier chili add ancho or chipotle chili powder.
Rotel vs Canned Tomatoes: Rotel is a type of diced tomato that has added green chilies. Its full of flavour and low in carbs. It comes in both mild or original which has a bit a spice but not much. Instead of Rotel, you can use chili spiced diced tomatoes, fire roasted tomatoes, or straight diced tomatoes in its place.
Can I use my own chili recipe?Absolutely! You can use your own family chili recipe for these stuffed avocados.
Will canned chili work?Canned chili can absolutely be used to make this recipe and can be a real time saver. If you are on a low carb or keto diet then make sure the one you are choosing is not too loaded with carbs.
Do I need to drain the fat from the ground beef?Depending on the ground beef you used there may be a lot of rendered fat in the pan. If you want you can drain this off, but there is nothing wrong with leaving it in the chili. Rendered beef fat is an excellent cooking fat.
Nutritional information is calculated using the recipe calculator and verified database available from Cronometer. Although every reasonable effort is made to provide accurate information this estimate is provided as courteously and convenience only. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe.Try the free recipe calculator at Cronometer