Paleo Crock Pot Chili

Chili is just one of those great hearty meals that always seems best in the cold months of the year.  Or in LA, when the temperature dips below 60.  Last year, my girlfriend came up with a great recipe for a paleo chili, so I asked her to write out the recipe so I can share it here.  I can’t wait to make this during the next couple months especially since ski season is starting, and nothing tastes better than a big bowl of chili after a day on the hill.


  • 2lbs grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp bacon fat
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • ¼ C 100% cacao powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • Optional: Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (from can – make sure they are wheat-free), sliced

Heat bacon fat in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; saute until tender but do not burn. Add the ground beef and cook until about medium (just long enough to brown most of the meat).

Once browned, add meat/garlic/onion mixture to the crock-pot. In no particular order, add in the celery, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, cacao powder, chipotle peppers (if used) and spices.  Stir all ingredients well. Set Crock-Pot to low and cook for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy!

With the chipotle peppers, you can only use the adobo sauce if you prefer.

Using 100% cacao powder gives the chili a full, rounded flavor – similar to a mole. Be sure it is 100% and not containing any hidden sugars, soy lecithin or added cacao butter. I use the 100% powder from ChocoVivo.

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