This paleo chili recipe is an easy, comforting soup. The beef and veggies are cooked low and slow with sweet and flavorful chili seasoning. It's beanless, low carb and an easy freezer meal for weekdays.
I can’t believe I haven’t posted a chili recipe since I first started. This sweet potato chili was one of the first recipes I made, and I decided I needed to add a few more chili recipes to the archives, especially ones that fit into a paleo diet!
I know I can’t be the only one, but beans just don’t really agree with me, so I tend to avoid them or opt for something different. Which makes me really sad when I have a craving for a hearty bowl of chili. Therefore, I decided this chili recipe was going to be a paleo chili recipe!
Are chili beans paleo?
Beans aren’t paleo because they’re considered a legume. Legumes are a recommended food type on the paleo diet to avoid. Other legumes (besides beans) include: peanuts (yep!) and lentils. For that reason, beans are not “permitted” on the paleo diet.
Are tomatoes paleo?
Tomatoes are paleo, thank goodness! However, tomatoes are part of the nightshade family, so if you're doing the auto-immune paleo diet then you'll want to avoid nightshades, including tomatoes.
Paleo chili ingredients
This recipe is packed with two different kinds of ground meat, onions, tomatoes, peppers and lots of spices instead of beans. You can substitute the beans for sweet potatoes, but this recipe is also low carb, so we’re sticking to the protein, veggies and spices!
I love this recipe because not only is it super healthy, but it’s also so easy to make. Who doesn’t love a hearty, slow cooker recipe in the fall?
How to make paleo chili
Start by sautéing the onion, pepper, beef and sausage in a large pan over medium heat. Once it’s cooked, add the mixture to the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours. That’s it!
How do I thicken my paleo chili?
The two different kinds of protein, onions, tomato and less broth thicken this paleo chili. A lot of times the beans are what makes chili nice and thick. Because we aren’t using any, the ratio of ingredients is crucial so you don’t end up with watery chili!
You might not even realize you’re eating a healthy recipe when you eat this chili! That’s always my goal here on WMM. I love to make healthy recipes you actually look forward to making and eating. This recipe is no exception!
You’ll have no idea that it’s made with ingredients that won’t cause inflammation. It’s also filled with protein and low in carbs!
How many calories are in paleo chili
This paleo chili recipe has about 320 calories for one serving. It also tons of protein—23 grams to be exact! And if you’re doing a keto or low carb diet, there’s only 7 grams of carbs in a serving!
These calories don’t include all of the toppings. I mean, what is a chili recipe without it being loaded with yummy toppings?! Here are a few of my favorites!
What to serve with paleo chili
Top this paleo chili with cilantro, fresh cut onion, and avocado! When you get a big bowl you won’t even need a side dish!
I can't wait to hear what you think about this paleo chili! If you make it, don't forget to follow me on Instagram and tag me with @what_mollymade or #WhatMollyMade so I can see it and feature you!
Other soup recipes:
- Slow cooker sweet potato chicken chili
- The best healthy chicken soup recipe
- 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup (Paleo)
- Slow cooker chicken tortillas soup
Slow cooker paleo chili
- 1 pounds grass-fed ground beef
- 1 pound Italian sausage casings removed OR ground pork
- ½ tablespoons coconut oil to brown the meat
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 1 large bell pepper diced ( I used yellow)
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt plus more to taste
- 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
- ½ 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 3/4 cups beef stock or bone broth
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Cilantro green onion, extra onion, cashew cream, avocado to top
- Add coconut oil to a large pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and pepper and saute a few minutes. Add the ground pork the beef and cook until the beef and pork are browned.
- Add the browned beef mixture to the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on high heat for 3 hours or on low heat for 6 hours.