Vegetable Beef No-Beans Chili

Vegetable Beef No-Beans Chili

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Everyone and their mother has a recipe for chili, I know. Pinterest is saturated with them. Beef chuck chili, white chicken chili, with beans, no beans. So take this recipe with a grain of salt. It’s just the way I like chili. Full of veggies, no beans. Not just because beans are not Paleo, but because I just don’t like beans that much. The random garbanzo bean, yes. But that’s about it.

This recipe can be made either on the stove or in a crockpot. It’s versatile like that 🙂 Throw in whatever vegetables you’d like. I like mine with lots of carrots to give it a bit of sweetness. But you could also add sweet potatoes, celery, bell peppers, or turnip. Those would all be good! You really can’t mess chili up. It’s very forgiving.

No Beans Chili

1 lb ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

3 large carrots, chopped

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 T garlic, minced

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with chilis

2 T tomato paste

1 tsp salt

1 T chili powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cumin

1/2 cup water or beef broth, if needed

  1. In a heavy saucepan, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink throughout.
  2. Add onions and garlic and sauté 5-6 minutes until onions are soft and fragrant.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Simmer over low heat for 2 1/2-3 hours.

*If you would like to cook this in a crockpot, at step 3, transfer to a slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on low.

Optional toppings: sour cream, scallions, diced tomatoes, cheese!