Low Carb Chilli-Con-Carne Recipe

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A few months ago, I decided that the Burgermeister needed to lose some weight. So I decided to try the Atkins diet. Glad to report that I have so far lost 10kg (about 22 pounds). Of course, the Atkins Diet is probably the only diet that allows you to eat burgers (without the sesame seed bun though).

This recipe is actually one suggested by my good pal Rich, who has recently started Atkins for the second time. He kindly gave permission for me to publish his wonderful low carb fat burning chilli recipe.

For a hot low carb chilli – extra spice boosts the metabolism!

“Use fresh or dried chillies rather than powder.

Fennel seeds and coriander seeds! I just remembered that they are also
fantastic in their carb:fibre ratio. Here’s a recipe for your website that
I invented the other day. You know I’m not flexible enough to blow my own
trumpet, but it was fracking dellicious! (Net Carb figures in brackets.)

4 chicken breast pieces, no skin. (0) (can try with skin if you like, but
the seeds may not stick as well)
1 Green pepper, sliced lengthways (4.8)
200g Celery, chopped into bits about 5cm long. (3.6)
1 tbsp coriander seeds (0.6)
1 tbsp fennel seeds (0.7)
2 dried thai chillis (0)
2 tbsp lemon juice (2.6)
4 tbsp red wine vinegar (0)
2 tbsp roughly chopped basil (0)
A few splashes of olive oil (0)

Preheat the oven to 200.
Grind the seeds and the chillies together in a pestle and mortar until they
are a rough powder. Splash some olive oil in the bottom of a heavy bottom, oven pan and heat it on a high hob heat. Whilst it is heating, rub olive oil on both sides of the chicken pieces salt and pepper them well, then rub the seed mixture into both sides of them. Put the chicken pieces in the pan and sear them over the high heat until browned on both sides, remove from the pan. Throw the celery and green pepper into the pan and stir quickly, scraping the nice bits up from the bottom of the pan and mixing it in. When they start to cook, throw in half the red wine vinegar and continue to stir and mix it all up. After a minute or so, the pan off the heat, put the chicken back in and mix it all up, add the rest of the vinegar, the lemon juice and the basil. Stick it in the oven for 12 minutes.

Eat it. Absolutely delicious. ”

Seeing that I am on Atkins, I will be featuring more low carb recipes in the coming weeks / months. Maybe Burgermeister will become a useful resource for low carb / high protein meals, as well as burgers! No promises though, but do check back!


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  • Sounds like a great recipe, I would like to get more ideas. However, I am not much of a fan of the Atkins diet. I enjoy good complex carbs and other healthy foods like fruit, wheat, oats, etc. I have always found that well balanced smaller meals spread through out the day (5 to 6 meals total) works best! Drink a lot of water and stay away from white (refined) flour and sugar and you will notice tremendous results!
    Thanks again for the recipe

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