Yes, I've shared a Slow Cooker Chili recipe with you in the past, but this one is Whole 30 approved. If you simply must have the beans in your chili, check out my Simply Fantastic Slow Cooker Chili. Or, you can add beans to this recipe, and just increase the liquid slightly. Either way, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy recipes in the slow cooker. And, I just love coming home from work and smelling dinner ready.
Other than browning your meat and chopping some veggies, this Slow Cooker Chili keeps prep work to a minimum. If you're following Whole 30, just make sure that your tomatoes and sauces have no added sugar. Start by turning the slow cooker to low, and add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, chicken broth, minced garlic, and spices. Stir everything well.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and brown the ground beef. Don't overcook the meat as it will continue cooking in the slow cooker. Drain any excess fat from the beef, and add to the slow cooker. Use the same skillet, adding a bit more extra virgin olive oil, to sear the cubed beef. This step is not absolutely necessary, but I really do think that the sear adds flavor to the beef. Just make sure not to fully cook the beef cubes. Remove any excess fat, and stir into the chili.
While the meat is browning, dice the onion and pepper, and add to the slow cooker. The spinach in this recipe is optional, but I like to sneak in extra veggies everywhere I can. If using, remove the stems, rough chop, and add to the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker for six hours, and enjoy after work.
That's it. Simple, easy, and tasty. You can top your Slow Cooker Chili with anything you like. I added cilantro and chopped avocado to mine.
By the way, I received my Tessemae's Whole 30 condiment shipment this week--dressings, marinades, ketchup, bbq sauce, and mayo. (This is not an affiliate link, simply for your information.) Stay tuned for reviews throughout the rest of the month. Yes, most of these condiments can be made from scratch, but with a busy schedule, it's nice to have some items on hand that are approved and ready made.
Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili
Simple, easy, and tasty. This Whole 30 approved Slow Cooker Chili is a perfect complement to the chilly winter days.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 pound cubed beef
- i large red bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 12 ounces tomato paste
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon chipolte powder
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 large handfulls spinach, stems removed and rough chopped
- Set the slow cooker to low for 5-6 hours. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chicken stock, garlic, and spices to the crockpot.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and brown the ground beef. Add to the crockpot. Using the same skillet, sear the beef cubes, and stir into the crockpot.
- While the meat is browning, chop the red pepper, onion, and spinach, and add to the crockpot.
- Cook for 5-6 hours and serve with your favorite toppings. I love to top mine with cubed avocado.
- Depending on how many you are feeding, this recipe makes amazing leftovers. I was able to freeze some single serving portions for easy lunches throughout the month.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 553Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 151mgSodium 578mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 5gSugar 9gProtein 50g
Note: Nutritional information is an approximation. Different brands and/or quantities will change the nutrition profile.
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