Chili and Paleo work extremely well together because it’s a great way to mix a lot of meat with a lot of vegetables. The biggest change up to a traditional chili recipe is getting the beans out because there’s no legumes when eating Paleo. Whenever I am craving a good hearty, soul-satisfying bowl of paleo chili, these are the recipes I make again and again. They also freeze very well, so make extra and freeze the leftovers for a quick meal later.
Easy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Paleo Chili
Slow cooking is the perfect way to ensure tender ingredients and depth of flavor. This spicy sweet potato chili is full of proteins and healthy fats, along with fiber-rich carbs.
Crockpot White Chicken Chili
Set aside just 10 minutes in the morning to prep this white chicken chili, and you will come home to a creamy, satisfying meal which is packed with health-giving cruciferous vegetables.
The Best Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
You don’t need meat to make a chili, as this recipe shows. Full of flavor and texture, this recipe uses garden vegetables and plenty of spices to create a filling, warming meal.
Easy Crockpot Chili
For a chili that’s ready when you are, try this crock pot recipe which uses lots of vegetables as well as ground beef and spices, and gets tastier the longer it cooks.
Comforting Instant Pot Cauliflower Chili
Cauliflower makes a great substitute for potatoes and other carbs, and it really does the job in this Instant Pot vegetarian chili which will be ready in around 15 minutes.
Instant Pot Chili Dogs with Paleo Cheese Sauce
Kids and adults alike love chili dogs, which makes it a great family-friendly option. This recipe even includes a ‘cheese’ sauce which is made using raw cashews and nutritional yeast flakes.
Spicy Texas Slow Cooker Chili
Absolutely packed with protein, this particular chili recipe uses cubed chuck beef instead of ground for a more substantial meal, with deep flavors which develop beautifully over 6-8 hours.
Instant Pot Ground Beef Paleo Chili
Using only healthy whole foods, this chili also offers a range of health benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties, and takes next to no time when cooked in the Instant Pot.
Low Carb Instant Pot Turkey Chili
High in protein and low in fat, this mild Instant Pot turkey chili is the ideal base for adding flavorsome toppings, such as avocado, scallions, or a scattering of cilantro.
Spicy Chipotle Chili with Andouille Sausage
Chili doesn’t have to be made with ground beef. Try this warming recipe which includes chunky butternut squash, chipotle pepper, and Andouille sausages for a taste which is deliciously different.
Comforting Crockpot Chicken Pumpkin Paleo Chili
If you’re looking for an easy way to up yours and the family’s vegetable intake, this chili is made with chicken, pumpkin, and a powerhouse of fresh garden vegetables.
Instant Pot Homestyle Paleo Chili
Adjust the plethora of herbs and spices in this paleo chili recipe to suit, and you will have a tailor-made warming family dinner which cooks in under 30 minutes.
Stovetop Sweet Potato, Kale and Turkey Chili
While turkey adds protein to this dish, the emphasis is on the chunks of sweet potato which bulk up the meal perfectly, eliminating the need for beans of any kind.
More Good Chili Recipes
Pegan Chili with Homemade Hemp Tofu
For hemp tofu:
1 cup shelled hemp seeds
2 cups water
¾ tsp nigari or 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
The rest of ingredients:
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
¾ pound pumpkin, cubed
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large red bell pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
1 medium chili, minced
1 tbsp chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pound tomatoes, chopped
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1. To make the hemp tofu, place the hemp seeds and water in a blender and blast on high for one minute until combined. Put the hemp milk in a pot and heat over medium heat and bring to a boil. Continue to cook for four more minutes, stirring constantly. If using nigari, dissolve it in a half a cup of warm water. Remove the hemp milk from the heat and wait until the temperature reaches 155F.
2. Add the nigiri solution or lemon juice and gently stir a few times. Let sit for 15 minutes. Strain the cheese in a cloth. Squeeze well to remove the water and place in a colander. Press the cheese down with a plate topped with something heavy like cans and let it stay pressed for 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, minced chili, chili powder and cumin and cook for 30 seconds. Add the pumpkin cubes and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and oregano and cook for 30 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. Cut the hemp tofu into cubes and add them in a pot. Mix gently to combine. Add the chopped cilantro and season to taste. Serve immediately.
Nightshade-Free Red Wine Chili
Red wine will elevate the flavors in this chili, making it rich, tasty, and filling. Nightshade-free, this recipe uses pumpkin puree instead, meaning it’s also suitable for those following the AIP diet.
Shiitake Turkey Chili
Add texture and substance to chili by using slightly more unusual ingredients such as fennel and shiitake mushrooms instead of beans. Top with sunchoke croutons for added flavor and crunch.
Paleo Chili with Carrots and Zucchini
Since beans are off-limits on the paleo diet, fill the taste-and-texture gap by swapping them for chopped zucchini and carrots. Tasty and nutritious, you won’t even notice the beans have gone.
Sometimes a chili which is sweeter and less spicy is called for. Adding sweet potato to this recipe dampens down the heat, while the acorn squash ‘bowls’ add an unusual touch.
Butternut Squash Chili
The trouble with vegetables is that they can water down a recipe, but not so with the butternut squash in this chili, which adds bulk and texture in place of the beans.
Fiery Sweet Dumpling Chili
There are a lot of flavors going on in this recipe, but they all combine to make a deliciously warming chili. Use leftover pork or beef for an economical but flavorsome meal idea.
Raspberry Liver Paleo Chili
Chili can have many unusual ingredients, and this one is more unusual than most. The raspberries add a sweet but subtle flavor, while the liver delivers a hit of vitamin B12.
Paleo Chili Hand Pies
Chili isn’t generally edible without a fork, but these clever hand pies are made using grain-free pastry and filled with a ground beef chili, which makes them the perfect party food.
Instant Pot Whole30 Chili with Butternut Squash
If you want the taste of an all-day-cooking chili, but without waiting all day, turn to the Instant Pot for a low carb, paleo-compliant dinner which is bursting with slow-cooked flavor.
Spiralizers have made it super easy to have healthy noodles with this Cincinnati chili, because the noodles are actually made from zucchini. Unsweetened cocoa powder completes the rich, flavorsome dish.
Spicy Pineapple Chili
Chili is full of vegetables, but this recipe has a fair serving of fruit, too. Diced pineapple adds a sweetness to this otherwise spicy dish, while the bacon gives it a delicious saltiness.
10 Minute No Chop Chili
You’ll be able to rustle up a tasty chili in just 10 minutes with this easy recipe. Use readymade salsa and spices, and nobody will ever know how simple it was.
Smoky Beanless Chili
Beautifully colorful and full of flavor, the sweet potato and butternut squash in this recipe make a delicious alternative to beans, while the paprika adds a subtle hint of smokiness.
Paleo Elk Chili
If you like your chili really meaty, this recipe certainly rises to the challenge thanks to the elk and Italian sausage which slow cook for 8 hours to become meltingly tender.
Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Pick up a forkful of this dinner and you’ll be in taste heaven, as the spiciness of the chili mingles with the sweetness of the potato for an all-in-one winter warming meal.
Chili Con Carne with Beef Chorizo
For possibly the most flavorsome chili ever, try this paleo-friendly recipe. With chipotle pepper, chorizo, and ground beef, the flavors will deepen as they slow cook for the perfect family feast.
Instant Pot Beef Chili with Bacon
Avocado slices are ideal for replacing the bulkiness of potato or rice, and they’re full of healthy fats, which makes this already-healthy recipe for beef chilli with bacon even better for you.
Easy Chile Verde
If you love the taste of chili but want to switch things up a little, this chili verde is made with pork, tomatillos, and Anaheim peppers for a different but equally delicious taste.
Put a Hungarian spin on an American/Mexican classic by combining chili with goulash. Using marbled round steak, this hybrid dish is made by adding Hungarian paprika along with chili and other spices.
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