BY: Lively Staff

January 8, 2018

A Spicy Slow Cooker Chili to Keep You Warm All Winter

Made with fresh ingredients and grass-fed beef, this Paleo chili recipe is so perfect for the cold weather months, you won’t even miss the beans! 

paleo chili recipe

Winter season should really be called slow cooker season. When it’s been a long day at work or you have been out in the cold all day, the last thing you want to do is prepare a healthy meal from scratch. We’ve made it easy by creating this Paleo slow cooker chili recipe, perfect for a cozy night in.

Slow cooker recipes are perfect for either getting a head start on dinner or meal prepping for the week. With a little bit of preparation beforehand, your dinner will come together while you were out of the house all day.

I kept this slow cooker chili recipe Paleo by adding sweet potatoes and carrots along with grass-fed beef. The Paleo diet is a modern diet that is made up of foods thought to be consumed by our hunter-gatherer ancestors from long ago. So lots of meat, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats from nuts and seeds make up what we now know as the Paleo diet. The Paleo diet can be beneficial if you have a hard time digesting grains or legumes, the latter of which is found in many traditional chili recipes.

paleo chili recipe

In this Paleo slow cooker chili recipe, you can easily add our Beef Bone Broth Collagen in place of liquid bone broth to keep the chili extra thick. Bone broth has incredible benefits, including supporting healthy joints (1), supporting a healthy digestive system (2) and promoting healthy skin (3). And for an added nutritional punch, pour in some Collagen Veggie Blend that is made of three servings of vegetables and one serving of fruit per scoop.

Compared to conventional, grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef is a much healthier option. Grass-fed beef has overall lower fat than conventional beef, but also has an important nutrient called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA can support a healthy lifestyle and metabolism (4). Healthier fat and protein levels found in grass-fed beef can also provide much more sustained energy than high-sugar snacks and treats.

This spicy Paleo chili recipe is sure to warm you up in these cold winter months. Using a slow cooker can help get your dinner ready for when you arrive home at the end of the day, and this healthy chili will keep you on track for any New Year’s resolutions you set at the beginning of the year.

Paleo Slow Cooker Chili
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1 red onion, diced
  3. 1 large sweet potato, cubed
  4. 3 medium carrots, sliced
  5. 14.5 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes with juices
  6. 26 ounce jar tomato sauce
  7. 1 ½ t salt
  8. Black pepper, to taste
  9. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  10. 2 scoops Beef Bone Broth Collagen
  11. 1 scoop Collagen Veggie Blend
  12. ½ C chili powder
  13. Water, as needed
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan on medium-high heat. Add in ground beef, breaking up the meat as it cooks until no more pink remains.
  2. Drain the fat from the beef into a separate bowl to be used or discarded later.
  3. Add in cooked ground beef then all remaining ingredients into a large slow cooker pot.
  4. For a thick, chunky chili, leave as is. Add one or two cups of water for a thinner chili.
  5. Let cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  6. Serve immediately.
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(1) Clark, K L, et al. “24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-Related joint pain.” Current medical research and opinion., U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 2008, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18416885.
(2)Frasca, Giuseppina, et al. “Gelatin tannate reduces the proinflammatory effects of lipopolysaccharide in human intestinal epithelial cells.” Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology, Dove Medical Press, 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358810/.
(3) Proksch, E, et al. “Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: a double-Blind, placebo-Controlled study.” Skin pharmacology and physiology., U.S. National Library of Medicine, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949208.
(4) Fuke, G, and J L Nornberg. “Systematic evaluation on the effectiveness of conjugated linoleic acid in human health.” Critical reviews in food science and nutrition., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2 Jan. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27636835.


Sarah Anderson is a freelance recipe writer, personal chef, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. She focuses primarily on healthy gluten-free and Paleo recipes. You can find her recipes and personal work on Instagram and Facebook @whitestripekitchen.

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