Paleo chili in a bowl with dairy-free sour cream, guacamole, wedge of lime.

The BEST Paleo Chili!

You'll love this easy, delicious Paleo chili that is bean free and Whole30 compliant!  Stock full of veggies and spices.  Garnish with your favorite toppings!

Course dairy-free, Dinner, gluten-free, grain-free, Main Course, Whole30
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 228 kcal
Author Christine Galvani


  • 1 pound ground beef (I use 85% lean)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (If extra large garlic, use just one)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for pot to saute veggies)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions (one small onion or 1/2 a medium-sized onion)
  • 1 1/4 cups red bell pepper, chopped (chop into small pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon organic cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (1/2 teaspoon for sauteing veggies and 1/2 teaspoon added to meat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweet potato (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (may sub tomato sauce)
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes, can (or crushed tomatoes, I love the fire roasted version for this chili)
  • 1/2 cup water (if needed if chili is too thick


  1. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to a pot on medium-low heat.  To this, add the chopped onions, garlic, red bell pepper, shredded sweet potatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute for 5-7 minutes until tender and cooked.

  2. Add the beef to the pot and cook for about 10 minutes until completely cooked.

  3. Add the dried herbs and spices, cacao powder, diced tomatoes, salt, tomato paste, coconut aminos, and cook for another minute or so.

  4. Add the canned tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes until chili is hot and bubbling.

  5. If chili is too thick, add some water to thin it out.

  6. Garnish with chopped onions, dairy-free sour cream, chopped green onion, avocado, lime slices, etc...

Recipe Notes

Tips When Making Paleo Chili:

Nutrition Facts
The BEST Paleo Chili!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 571mg24%
Potassium 311mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 2520IU50%
Vitamin C 33.9mg41%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.