Slow Cooker Chili Recipe With No Beans (Meat & Veggie Paleo Chili)

This chili recipe is a retake of one of the most popular recipes on my blog, the All Meat and Veggie Chili has no beans and it’s 100% paleo-approved. I think it’s about time we made the slow cooker version, don’t you?

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of chili? I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, my crew is always game for this All Meat and Veggie Chili.

I’ve always preferred more meat, and fewer beans when it comes to chili so after testing and tweaking recipes I found the perfect compromise. It’s been quite a success. People have even won chili cook-offs with the recipe after finding it on my site. It’s literally award-winningly delicious.

image: Two white bowls of no-bean meat and veggie chili on a white tablecloth

What goes in Paleo Chili?

We all love a good, thick hearty chili and it’s possible to make without beans! Just like regular chili, you’ll find tomatoes, chili spices, and beef but instead of beans, we use diced zucchini and carrots to really up the ante on this chili. The veggies add volume, fiber, and make this it super filling.

If you’re doing paleo, Whole30 or the Family Kickstart program this recipe is exactly what you need to get that chili fix. It’s been one of the most popular recipes on Kickstart and many have added it to their regular meal routine.

If you haven’t heard about Family KickStart yet, it’s the 30-day program I created to help busy families ours to eat real food together. It includes recipes, meal plans, and shopping lists to make the whole process painless for you and the whole family. Learn more about the Family KickStart Program and grab your free trial here!

Best Vegetables to Put in Chili instead of beans

I’m all about loading on the veggies for bean-free chili. I always start with zucchini and carrots but those aren’t the only options.

You can use diced sweet potato, eggplant, bell peppers, summer squash, sauteed mushrooms, or cauliflower to beef things up even more. If you plan on making this recipe on the stove top, make sure to saute your veggies with the ground meat for extra flavor and a thicker chili.

While my kids aren’t fans of raw vegetables, they’ll gladly scarf down a big bowl of this chili, no questions asked!

image: Two white bowls of no-bean meat and veggie chili on a white tablecloth

How to make Healthy Chili in the Slow Cooker with No Beans

Here’s where we make the original Paleo Chili Recipe even easier with the help of a slow cooker! All you need to do: brown the beef, garlic, and onion over medium heat. Transfer to a slow cooker, add the veggies, spices, and remaining ingredients. Cover, set to cook, and just like that dinner is taken care of.

Slow Cooker Times for Meat & Vegetable Chili

Depending on how quickly you want a bowl of chili, cook 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low. After that, it’s ready to be topped with corn chips, cheese, sour cream, and avocado – depending on your dietary restrictions.

How thick is Slow Cooker Paleo Chili

Despite having no beans, this chili is super thick and sticks to your ribs, just like it should be! If you want to make it a little soupier add 2 cups of beef stock to thin it out a bit. And if you’d like the quicker, stovetop version of this Paleo Chili Recipe I have that for you too!

Other serving ideas for Slow Cooker Paleo Chili

We all know the classic, cheese and sour cream topping but would you consider these:

  • Loaded onto a baked sweet potato
  • With chips, avocado, cheese, and sour cream
  • Tossed with pasta and cheese (or on a bed of spaghetti squash if you are doing paleo or Whole30)
  • On top, a bed of sweet potato fries- don’t mind if I do!
  • Served over Cauliflower Rice

What is your favorite way to eat a big bowl of Paleo Chili with No Beans?

Slow Cooker Chili Recipe With No Beans (Meat & Veggie Paleo Chili)

All Meat & Veggie Chili

This Slow Cooker All Meat and Veggie Chili recipe has no beans, is super hearty and makes the perfect Paleo and Whole30 approved chili.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: chili
  • Method: slow cooker


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cups diced carrots, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 15 ounce can tomato purée or tomato sauce
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes


  1. In a large pan, brown the beef, garlic, and onion over medium meat, until the beef is cooked through. Transfer the meat mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker with the celery, carrots, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, cayenne pepper, zucchini, tomato purée, and diced tomatoes.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 or 6 hours or low for 7 to 8 hours, until the chili is thickened. 


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 294
  • Sugar: 17.1g
  • Sodium: 771mg
  • Fat: 10.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.9g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.3g
  • Fiber: 6.1g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Cholesterol: 55.3mg

Keywords: paleo chili, slow cooker paleo chili, whole30 chili recipe, veggie chili

8 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chili Recipe With No Beans (Meat & Veggie Paleo Chili)”

  1. Stella says:

    How do I cook this without using a slow cooker?

  2. Crysta says:

    Just clarifying the cook time for slow cooker, your instructions say: “Cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours on low.”

    I’m assuming this means high for 4 hours OR low for 6 hours?

    Thanks! Love this recipe!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Crysta, the full slow cooker recipe can be found here. I’m so glad you like it!

  3. Lindsay says:

    If I halve the chili powder (I have two guests with digestive issues), how could I make up for the lost flavor, or do you think it would still be ok?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      In this particular recipe, I think you’ll be fine. You’ll still enjoy a delicious slow cooker chili.

  4. Kristin Lemons says:

    Do I cook the chili on high or low? The directions aren’t clear and mention both: “Cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours on low.”

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Thanks for catching that! 4 hours on high, 6 on low. Fixed!

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