49 of The Best Paleo Chili Recipes

Best Paleo Chili Recipes

I was always mystified by chili – that warm and spicy Tex-Mex stew that seemed to have plenty of unrecognizable bits and bobs floating about in a spicy tomato soup sauce.

I couldn’t believe it the first time my friend’s mom showed us (the morning of a Big Game Day of course) just how easy it was! Using tomatoes, spices and your choice of filling, customizing a dish to your liking–or based on what you’ve got in the cupboard–just doesn’t get more straight-forward than this.

And I know what you’re thinking. Chili without the beans? What’s a Paleo eater to do? Behold the best bean-less chili recipes this side of the border!

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Paleo BBQ Brisket Recipe [Slow Cooker/Crockpot]

paleo bbq brisket recipe in the slow cooker (crockpot)

I love putting my crockpot to work while I sleep (it’s not even my crockpot as my friend Fiona lent it to me for the summer in Edinburgh) – I think there’s a sense of satisfaction that magical things are working to create my meal while I do nothing.

Maybe it’s just me, but effortless meals like this Paleo Slowcooker BBQ Brisket always seem to taste more delicious because of the lack of sweat and tears involved in preparing the meal!
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Paleo Mini Meatloaf Recipes

paleo mini meatloaf recipes

Regular (large-size or regular loaf-size) Paleo meatloaves are delicious and easy to make, so if you’re not already making Paleo meatloaves for dinner, then you should get started.

But Paleo mini meatloaves are also fantastic. They can be a fantastic snack that you can take with you on the go, a great appetizer to impress your family and guests, or a fun way to get kids to eat vegetables and organ meats.

So, here are some of our favorite Paleo Mini Meatloaf Recipes (sometimes they’re also called Paleo Meatloaf Muffin Recipes or Paleo Meatloaf Cupcake Recipes, or sometimes something completely different too, like the first two recipes on our list).

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Paleo Slow Cooker Oxtail Stew Recipe

paleo slow cooker oxtail stew

The first time I made oxtail stew, it turned out not that great. It was a similar recipe to the one below, but I put all the ingredients into the slow cooker. And it came out all watery and not very flavorful. I had given up on oxtail stews until my friend in London made me some delicious oxtail stew in the slow cooker!

So what did she do differently? Just that she cooked the oxtail in the slow cooker first and then made the stew after so there was no watery, flavorless stew. Instead, it was rich, powerful, and really delicious!

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Paleo Shabu Shabu Beef Dinner Recipe

paleo beef shabu shabu recipe

I’m a big fan of Shabu Shabu – it’s basically boiling thin slices of meat in a pot of broth and then eating it with a sauce (often made from soy sauce, garlic, peppers). There are variations on shabu shabu as well – in Chinese cuisine, this is often called hot pot. And in French cuisine, fondue is a version of this.

A ton of restaurants serve this type of cuisine, and they’re pretty paleo! I often go to shabu shabu and ask for no broth (because I can’t be sure what they put into the broth most times) with thin slices of beef, lamb, and vegetables. If you’re worried about soy sauce, then take your own gluten free tamari sauce to the restaurant (that’s what I do!).

So, this recipe is all about making a super quick shabu shabu beef dinner at home. Because the meat is thinly sliced, it cooks really fast!

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Paleo Lasagna Recipe with Eggplants (Dairy-Free)

Paleo lasagna recipe with eggplant

Most of the lasagne I had eaten my whole life came from frozen packages. In fact, I had never even considered how lasagna was made until around 8 years ago when Jeremy found this amazing Lasagna recipe on Allrecipes.com.

We’ve tested this lasagna recipe a ton of different ways, and we’ve paleofied it a ton by taking out the sugar, the wheat-filled lasagna sheet pasta, the Italian sausage (which sometimes contains additives or sugar), and of course, the 3 types of cheese!

But because of the delicious herbs (we changed them to fresh herbs) in this recipe, it still tastes amazing (plus we added a bunch of great ingredients to compensate)! So, give this Paleo lasagna recipe a try and let me know what you think!

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Paleo Meatloaf Recipe with Paleo Bread Crumbs

paleo meatloaf recipe

This Paleo meatloaf was really delicious and super easy to make. It went perfectly with my Paleo ketchup (recipe here), and instead of the regular wheat-filled bread crumbs, I made a quick batch of my microwave Paleo bread (recipe here), crumbled it, and then toasted it to make some Paleo bread crumbs to go into the meatloaf mixture.

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Paleo Juicy Stuffed Peppers Recipe – with Cinnamon Butternut Squash and Ground Beef

paleo stuffed peppers recipe with butternut squash and ground beef

This was so good – Jeremy couldn’t get enough of it! The gentle hint of cinnamon and cardamom goes really well with the butternut squash, and the sweetness of the butternut squash and the bell peppers is fantastic with the ground beef.

I know this dish looks really fancy, but it’s actually very easy to make! It’s perfect as a well-rounded meal or as an appetizer. (I would serve 1 stuffed pepper per person for an appetizer, or 2 stuffed peppers per person for an entree.)

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Paleo Mustard Celery Ground Beef Recipe

Paleo Mustard Celery Ground Beef Recipe

This dish was so good I had to make it twice in the same day! It’s so easy and uses very common ingredients. The mustard works really well with the celery and ground beef to create a really flavorful and nutritious meal.

This is especially fantastic for whenever you’re short on time – it takes just 20 minutes from start to finish (prep time is really short because there’s so little to chop).

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Beef Wellington (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)

paleo beef wellington (gluten-free, grain-free)

I’ve always been a big fan of Gordon Ramsay, and one of his signature dishes is Beef Wellington (a classic British dish – more about it below). I was therefore a bit sad that I couldn’t order it at his Las Vegas restaurant (it comes with a wheat-based puff pastry that is indispensable to the dish).

That of course doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy grain-free Paleo Beef Wellington at home!

What is a Beef Wellington?

Beef Wellington is a classic British dish comprising of a beef tenderloin smothered with pâté and duxelles, wrapped with puff pastry, and then baked.

The exact origins of the dish seem to be unknown (it’s appeared in cookbooks since around the 1940s and became popular during the 1960s), and while there are suggestions that it’s named after the Duke of Wellington or the Wellington Boot, there’s no concrete evidence supporting any of these claims.

There are lots of variations of the recipe, and I’ve created 2 Paleo variations: one with a Paleo (gluten-free) pastry and one without a pastry.

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Bison Pineapple Chili

Paleo Bison Pineapple Chili Recipe

I’m a fan of fruit in my chili (see my Raspberry Liver Chili Recipe), and so I decided to experiment a bit more with that theme for this recipe.

Have you tried Bison?

I can still recall the first time I tried bison. It was at Ted’s Montana Grill in New York City. This is one of Ted Turner’s companies, and its main focus is bison. I had no clue what bison was at the time, but I LOVED IT.

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Beef Bacon Acorn Squash Mash Bowl

paleo beef bacon tips acorn squash mash bowl recipe

Presenting food prettily has never been my forte. I think it stems from a belief that good food doesn’t need good presentation.

Of course, this belief is totally bogus! Some of the best restaurants in the world pay just as much attention to presentation as they do to the taste of the food. In fact my trip to Meadowood really showed me that amazing food deserves and is enhanced by amazing presentation.

Ways to Make Your Food Look Prettier

I’ve experimented with several methods of enhancing the prettiness of my food (I think it should be called food vanity):

  • buy pretty plates,
  • buy pretty place settings,
  • buy pretty cutlery,
  • decorate the plate with different garnishes.

I’m pretty bad at all of these methods, so I wanted to try a fifth method – making use of the natural beauty of the fruits and vegetables in the dish (to make the dish more colorful and to use them to hold the foods).

And so, for this amazingly delicious recipe, I used the acorn squash as both the food and the decoration. I really love the autumn colors in this dish (the dark green of the acorn squash skin, the dark yellow of the acorn squash flesh, the green of the collard greens, and the dark red of the beef bacon). In case you’re not familiar with beef bacon, there’s more on that next.

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