Crockpot Paleo Chili

Crockpot Paleo beef Chili in a bowl with avocado cilantro and jalapeño
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Hearty, protein-packed, and paleo-friendly, this slow-cooker chili is about to become your new comfort food crush. 

Minimal Effort, Maximum Flavor—Helloooooo, Paleo Chili! 

Football, falling leaves, and hearty, meaty feasts—chili season, we love you. It was perhaps during our third (or was it fourth) attempt at Whole30 when our chili craving inspired us to create one pot of mighty fine (and completely uncomplicated—thank you Crock-Pot!) batch of no-bean chili. Say hello to our paleo crockpot chili recipe!

Chili Without Beans?

Chili recipe, no beans? Yes, it’s a thing! And it’s actually totally delicious. For our slow-cooker chili without beans, forgoing the magical fruit makes this carb-free bowl of comfort into both a Whole30 chili and a keto chili, too. It’s ALSO a paleo chili recipe, and it has loads of flavor and a healthy serving of veggies (bell peppers, zucchini and mushrooms!), making it a completely satisfying homemade chili with no beans at all. And we promise, you won’t miss them! 

How to Make Our Easy Paleo Chili

Our beanless chili is—unsurprisingly—all about the meat, so use the highest-quality chuck roast and ground beef you can. Aside from that, this paleo chili takes less than ten active minutes to pull together, so it’s perfect for when you don’t have time to coordinate a fancy meal, but still want something hearty and delicious. It’s quickly becoming one of our favorite paleo ground beef recipes.

  • If you have the time, sear your cubes of chuck to really lock in the flavor of the meat. Resist the urge to stir the beef cubes as they sizzle—you want each side to look browned and glossy before you flip them. 
  • Open all of the cans. Dump said cans into slow-cooker. Set timer. 
  • Customize the chili with a DIY toppings bar. Set up small bowls of avocado, cilantro, green onions, jalapeno, cabbage, you name it. 
  • Try to not eat three bowls in one sitting (as we did).

Tools You’ll Need to Make Our Low Carb Chili: 

Crock-Pot! In case it’s not yet obvious. You could also very well make this an Instant Pot chili (the Instant Pot sear function means fewer dishes, too). Can opener. Easy chili = lots of cans. We love our Zyliss one because it has a small magnet on top which essentially fishes out the lid for you. Sharp knife. As in sharp enough to cut through meat. That is unless you were lucky enough to score your chuck already-cubed.

Hungry for More Tasty Paleo-ish Recipes?

Want more wholly satisfying, paleo-friendly eats like our chili recipe no beans? Check out these other delicious meat-filled feasts.

Is This Your New Favorite Paleo Chili Slow Cooker Recipe? 

Agree this is the best chili recipe no beans about it? Show us your Crock-Pot full of paleo chili goodness and tag us @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy crocking!

Crockpot Paleo Chili

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 lbs chuck roast, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion or 2 medium, diced
2 bell peppers, diced
2-3 cups zucchini, diced
1 cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large can tomato sauce
1 13.5 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 4 oz can mild green chilies
2 cups beef stock
2 bayleaves
1 tbsp granulated garlic
1/3 cup chili powder
2 tbsp cumin
avocado
cilantro
jalapeños
green onions

Method

  1. In a large skillet, or in your slow cooker if it has a browning feature, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Generously season the chuck roast pieces with with salt and pepper. Brown all sides of the meat working in small batches and then setting aside. (This step can be omitted, but we feel it contributes to the wonderful texture of the meat.)
  2. Using the same skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain off the fat into a bowl.
  3. Place the browned chuck roast and ground beef in your slow cooker along with all other ingredients and cook for 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low.
  4. Once finished, stir, breaking up any large pieces of ground beef and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Serve with slivered jalapeños, avocados, cilantro and green onions. Enjoy!