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Oh, how I love a good bowl of chili…rain or shine! My husband keeps telling me to stop making chili when it is sunny outside but I just can’t help myself. When I have a craving for chili it is impossible for me not to make a big pot! And this Whole30 + Paleo Approved Chili is great during a Whole30 Challenge.

Whole30 + Paleo Approved Chili

During the Whole30 challenge, chili is a great choice for lots of reasons:

  1. it is delicious
  2. it is filling/satisfying
  3. it freezes well! Since this recipe feeds a lot of people, I will just make it for my husband and I and freeze the rest for a rainy day…or sunny, whatevs 😉

Whole30 + Paleo Approved Chili

I have two other chili recipes on the blog because, well, I like chili obviously. Here I have our classic bean-filled Gameday Chili. I also have a Curried Chili, which Clayton said is the “best chili he’s ever had.” It has wonderfully deep and unique flavors! It can also be another Whole30 option if you remove the chickpeas. But this Whole30 + Paleo Approved Chili remains my favorite way to Whole30 Chili: lots of veggies, lots of meat, lots of spice — just how I like it! Enjoy!

For more soups and stews, be sure to check out this recipe round-up!

Whole30 + Paleo Approved Chili
5 from 4 votes

Whole30 + Paleo Chili

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 People


  • 2 tbsp. avocado or olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 poblano pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno seeded and diced (optional for added spicy!)
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 [15-oz] can tomato sauce
  • 1 [15-oz] can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1.5 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin


  • In a large pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions, bell peppers, poblano pepper, zucchini, and garlic. Season, to taste, with kosher salt and pepper. Saute, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Turn heat down to low when they are tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, Add your meat and season with plenty of salt and pepper for flavor. Cook, while breaking up the meat with the back of a spoon, until it is no longer pink. Drain off excess fat then add cooked meat into the pot with the sauteed veggies.
  • Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beef broth, chili powder, and paprika to the pot. Turn heat to medium and bring to a boil, then reduce heat so that the chili is just simmering.
  • Simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour (I sometimes cook it for up to 4 hours, the longer the better!). The chili should reduce a bit and thicken (if you like yours more soupy, simmer it covered).

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 8 People

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because… It’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. Truly our favorite Chili! I substitute ground turkey for beef and chicken bone broth for beef. Do you have the nutritional information on this recipe?

  2. I do love this recipe, but was curious where the gameday chili recipe disappeared to? I just bought the ingredients for it, and now cannot seem to find it.

    1. I would really love to know the nutritional facts for this recipe! Great healthy recipe for a staple Autumn/Winter favorite!

  3. Could I add pinto beans to this? Maybe sub out some of the ground beef (0.5lb?) for a can? Let me know if beans go well with the rest of the flavor profile!

  4. I love this recipe! We make this so much now, since trying it a few months ago. Looking forward to trying this tonight with our smoked turkey leftovers instead of the beef. Thanks for posting!

  5. Your chili is a favorite in our house! I’m making it tonight. It sounded perfect for a cool, cloudy day after days of Thanksgiving food and leftovers!