Cold winter days, having your friends over for game day, or a party-pleaser recipe to feed a crowd. Chili is always the go-to vat of comfort food. This chili recipe is delicious, super simple to make in your crock pot or slow cooker, and follows the Paleo, Whole30, and Keto protocols. Fall in love with this nutritious and healthy comfort food!
I remember making chili back in the day. I used ground turkey instead of beef and made it with beer as the liquid base, brown sugar, and chocolate syrup. Don’t ask. But looking back, that recipe (albeit really good) is now cringe-worthy.
Chili really is the ultimate comfort food. And with the basic ingredients in the recipe, I’m sharing with you today, it’s quick and easy to make and quite healthy for you. No guilt here.
I also have lots of options for you. We don’t follow specific dietary protocols here at Pink Fortitude (other than a baseline of healthy and whole-foods and clean eating) so regardless of what you can and can’t eat AND… how spicy or not… you can adjust as needed to fit your style and taste. See how awesome this is!?!?!
Many of the folks in our Pink Fortitude community suffer from some kind of chronic illness, therefore IBS and tender tummies, which often leads to needing to enjoy food that isn’t super spicy. My family is like Goldilocks – I’m the one with zero zing, Stepson likes a little zing, and Hubby is all about extra zing. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make the base recipe as-is for minimal spiciness, and then those who want the extra zing can add in some crushed red pepper, additional chipotle seasoning, or tabasco or hot sauce. See how easy it is to please everyone?
To Bean or Not to Bean
This recipe is specifically made to be Whole30 compliant and Paleo (with a Keto option). Therefore, no beans, which are legumes, which are not “allowed” on these three protocols.
If you are a fan of adding beans to your chili and don’t care about following the Whole30, Paleo, or Keto protocols, then, by all means, add them in. We aren’t going to judge you, only wanted to include the option and how it fits or doesn’t in these particular diets. Are we good?
What About Cheese and Sour Cream?
On that note, if you are strictly following Whole30 or Paleo – no cheese on top. You can sprinkle a little Nooch (nutritional yeast) but no dairy.
Sour cream is a no-no on both as well. BUT… we have a Vegan Sour Cream recipe that you can use if you wish. This recipe contains apple cider vinegar (aka ACV) which is Whole30 compliant but considered a “gray area” for Paleo.
For Keto – dairy IS allowed, so top with your favorites and enjoy.
Clear as mud?
Recipe Notes and Hacks
This recipe is made in a Crock Pot, which I enjoy more because it allows for the time for the flavors to combine into chili perfection. But sometimes you don’t want to wait all day. You can make the recipe the same way, but instead, combine everything into a Dutch Oven and place on the stovetop on low-medium heat for an hour, and stir occasionally.
I hate cutting onions. Hate it. So I either use frozen onions or have Hubby cut up a few onions and freeze what I don’t use.
If you don’t have Primal Palate’s Taco Seasoning, or your own favorite taco, chili or Tex-Mex seasoning, then you can add the equivalent of chipotle chili powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, cumin, and garlic powder. Another one of my favorite options is one Simply Organic’s Southwest Taco seasoning mix packet.
It’s always encouraged to purchase free-range, grass-fed, and organic meat. Bison is our favorite to use in this recipe, but free-range beef is also a good addition. Or heck, go wild and crazy and combine, the two. Oh, the shame! If your meat isn’t in one-pound packaging, no worries at all. It’s chili. You don’t need to be completely precise.
Easy and Delicious Chili Recipe
Easy and Delicious Chili
Paleo + Whole30 + Keto
- 2 lbs Ground Bison or Beef Choose organic and grass-fed
- 1/2 Onion - cut into small pieces
- 12 oz Tomato Paste
- 2 TBSP Taco Spice or Equivalent I love Primal Palate!
- 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
- 2 Cups Chicken or Beef Broth or Bone Broth I love Kettle & Fire!
- 28 oz Roasted Tomatoes Go Organic!
In a skillet over the stovetop, brown the meat, breaking up into small pieces.
In the meantime, prep your ingredients and spray the Crock Pot with baking spray.
Once the meat is 80% cooked through, add all of the ingredients into the Crock Pot and stir to combine.
This is for the baseline of mild spice. Feel free to add additional crushed red pepper, chipotle seasoning, and/or hot sauce to spice it up if you enjoy your food on the spicier side.
Depending on your settings, cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 4-6 hours.
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