Beef Liver Chips

Dried liver chips are a snack packed with nutrients and a fantastic crunchy texture. Just like your favorite chips, they are perfect for dipping in warm cheese or guacamole. You can also create a cracker-like sandwich with a slice of cheese in the middle. There are endless options for enjoying these tasty chips.

These liver chips are perfect for those interested in incorporating more organ meats into their diet or looking for carnivore diet recipes!

Why Choose Grass-fed Beef Liver?

The real question is, “Why not?!”

If you haven’t tried organ meats yet, now is the time to pay attention! Not only do they offer numerous nutritional and environmental benefits, but they are also budget-friendly and surprisingly delicious!

The key is finding organ meat recipes that you actually enjoy. This liver chip recipe is incredibly simple, so you’re in the right place.

Organ meats, and liver, in particular, are exceptional in terms of their health benefits. Liver is a great starting point when adopting a nose-to-tail eating approach. These chips make it even easier to incorporate liver into your diet. With their familiar texture and shape, each piece is easy to enjoy.

While I usually recommend beginners start with liver pate, I may change my suggestion because these chips are foolproof! Trust me, you won’t be able to resist dipping them in keto cheese sauce. YUM!

Beef Liver Nutrition

Forget about exotic imported nuts or fancy salts, liver is the real superfood that you can get from your local butcher. According to The Weston A Price Foundation, liver is packed with essential nutrients, including:

  • High-quality protein
  • Vitamin A
  • B vitamins, especially vitamin B12
  • Folic acid
  • Iron
  • Trace elements like copper, zinc, and chromium (liver is the best source of copper)
  • An unidentified anti-fatigue factor
  • CoQ10, which is crucial for cardiovascular function
  • Purines, which are important for DNA and RNA synthesis
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Carnivore Chips

Or should we call them crisps? Either way, you know what I mean!

I love adding beef liver to my homemade pemmican recipe. It blends in perfectly, and you wouldn’t even know it’s there unless I told you. Pemmican has a fascinating history, with wars fought over supply lines. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I highly recommend learning more about its historical importance in my Pemmican Guide.

One day, while I was drying liver to make a new batch of pemmican (which I do often because it’s an excellent keto emergency food), I decided to take a little nibble of the dry liver. I was blown away!

These liver chips are the perfect replacement for unhealthy potato chips. They are great for anyone following a paleo, AIP, GAPS, low-oxalate, or keto diet. And of course, all my carnivore diet friends have to try them!

This recipe requires only one ingredient, making it easy to double or triple batch whenever you want. The drying process takes a few hours, but it’s totally worth it because you end up with gluten-free, grain-free chips that are actually good for you.

I understand that some people struggle with introducing liver into their diet for the first time, so this is a great option! Dried liver has a milder flavor than fresh liver, but if you’re still worried about it being too strong, you can try making grass-fed calves liver chips instead. Organs from younger animals tend to have a smoother, less pronounced flavor.

How to Make Beef Liver Chips

Some people might refer to this as liver jerky, but I prefer to dehydrate the liver until it is completely dry and crunchy.

Before you start, decide which method you prefer for making this liver chip recipe:

  1. Buy whole liver and thinly slice it into even pieces.
  2. Spread ground liver in a thin layer and break it apart into smaller pieces with your hands.

Sourcing whole liver is probably easier for most people, so that’s a great way to start. Thinly slice the liver into individual pieces.

Dry the liver in a food dehydrator or in the oven. It’s that easy.

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Using ground liver produces an interesting result. It becomes flakier with a different mouthfeel.

If you prefer to grind the liver at home, here’s how you can do it:

  1. Cube the liver first.
  2. Cut out any thick connective tissues and discard them.
  3. Blend the liver in a food processor until smooth.

Use a spatula to spread the liver on a food dehydrator sheet or an ovenproof baking sheet in a single layer. Make it as thin as possible. You might be surprised by how sticky the texture is.

Food Dehydrator vs. Oven

You have the option to use either a food dehydrator or an oven for this recipe.

If using a food dehydrator, set it to the meat setting. Flip the liver once the top is dry and firm to the touch. This process can take up to 4 hours per side.

If using an oven, set the heat to the lowest temperature possible. Check the liver after an hour and flip it once the center is completely dry. Continue for another hour or so.

Feel free to season the liver chips with your favorite herbs and spices if desired. However, I recommend trying them plain (at least for your first batch) to fully appreciate the natural flavor of grass-fed liver. These chips have a tangy funk, similar to parmesan cheese. Pair them with a flavorful low-carb dip or soft cheese spread.

Beef Liver Chips for Dogs

These beef liver chips can also serve as a treat for your furry friends. Liver is a healthy food for dogs for the same reasons it’s good for humans.

Whether you’re making dehydrated liver for yourself or your dog, the process is the same.

It’s not the first time my husband and I laughed at the realization that our dog eats the same food as us… or do we eat dog food?

One of the benefits of animal-based nutrition is that meal prep becomes very easy for both humans and animals in your home. If you have cats or dogs, they are sure to enjoy the scraps leftover from your table. Give them bones and collagen-rich bits after making bone broth, as well as any meat that stays in the fridge just a little too long.

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If you’re looking for more delicious zero-fiber recipes, check out The Carnivore Cookbook, which features over 100 recipes made from just the essentials: animal protein and fats.

Where to Buy Beef Liver

Eat Wild is an excellent directory of farms and ranches in the US and Canada. Simply select your area to find listings with descriptions, offerings, and contact information.

Read through my Shopper’s Guide to Buying Liver for everything you need to know about the process.

If you prefer to buy beef liver online and have it delivered to your door, here are my top recommendations:

  • White Oak Pastures – They offer liver from a variety of animals including beef, goat, lamb, and more. Will Harris from White Oak Pastures transitioned from being a conventional feedlot beef producer to producing grass-fed beef using regenerative grazing methods to improve soil quality. You can learn about his journey and why these choices result in better quality meat in our podcast together.
  • US Wellness Meats – They deliver grass-fed beef, lamb, and bison liver to the US and Canada.

Originally published on August 18, 2019. This post was updated on Nov 18, 2020 with new images and information.

More Keto Carnivore Liver Recipes:

  • Classic Beef Liver Pate – Dazzle your dinner guests with this Classic Beef Liver Pate appetizer. It’s easy to make and super nutritious!
  • How to Cook Beef Liver without Flour – These Crustless Mini Meat Pies with hidden liver are the perfect nutrient-dense addition to breakfast or lunch. Pack them in a lunchbox or keep them in the fridge; they pair well with everything. It’s a great way to get your liver in without any unusual taste, texture, or appearance.
  • Hidden Organ Meat Pie – Organ meats are not only affordable but also highly nutritious. This meat pie combines ground beef, liver, and heart for a nourishing and satisfying dish.
  • Cabbage Noodles with Hidden Liver – Enjoy this Asian-inspired skillet meal with pan-fried cabbage noodles and ground beef. Add “hidden liver” for extra nutrient density, and no one will know it’s there!