This chili recipe is a retake of one of the most popular recipes on my blog, my Paleo 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 healthy 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.
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.
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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!
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.
More Ways to Make this Recipe
Ground Chicken Chili | Ground Turkey Chili | Lower Carb Chili
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
- On Chili Tacos
Now, you know how to serve it, I’ll give you one last piece of advice – double the recipe and save some for another dinner or a thermos lunch. You won’t regret it. And if you’re not sure how to best to store it, I will show you how to freeze chili in this post/video combo!
What is your favorite way to eat a big bowl of Paleo Chili with No Beans?Print
Slow Cooker Chili Recipe With No Beans (Meat & Veggie Paleo 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.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 6 hours
- Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings
- Category: chili
- Method: slow cooker
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ cups diced yellow onion
- ½ cup chopped celery
- 1 ½ cups diced carrots, peeled
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 medium zucchini, diced
- 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 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.
- 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 large bowl
- Calories: 194
- Sugar: 6.5g
- Sodium: 447.1mg
- Fat: 6.7g
- Saturated Fat: 1.9g
- Trans Fat: 0.1g
- Carbohydrates: 13.6g
- Fiber: 4.2g
- Protein: 21.1g
- Cholesterol: 50.8mg
Keywords: paleo chili, slow cooker paleo chili, whole30 chili recipe, veggie chili
The chili was wonderful! Very flavorful and hearty! I took a risk by making a new recipe, doubling it and serving it to our small group. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. The chili is very thick so I added some extra tomato sauce and water to thin it out. Will be making it again soon!
Delicious….how long would it take to reheat in the. Crockpot?
Depends how much you’re reheating. About an hour on low.
I may have made the best chili ever created!
Followed the recipe, but doubled the spices and threw in some Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Also used 2# of ground local beef.
Hot dang, it’s good!
So thrilled you enjoyed it!
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.”
Thanks for catching that! 4 hours on high, 6 on low. Fixed!
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?
In this particular recipe, I think you’ll be fine. You’ll still enjoy a delicious slow cooker chili.
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!
Crysta, the full slow cooker recipe can be found here. I’m so glad you like it!
How do I cook this without using a slow cooker?
Stella, you can find the stove top version recipe here.