Crockpot Whole30 Chili

Crockpot Whole30 Chili - a hearty, no bean chili recipe. The perfect addition to a Whole30 or Paleo menu and super simple to prepare ahead! | tastythin.com

Crockpot Whole30 Chili – a hearty, no bean chili recipe. The perfect addition to a Whole30 or Paleo menu and super simple to prepare ahead! Includes Instant Pot instructions.

Note: this recipe was updated on 9/17/18

Watch this Instant Pot version of Whole30 Chili:

If you’re embarking on Whole30 challenge for the first time, this Crockpot Whole30 Chili recipe is the perfect addition to your meal plan!  Simple, satisfying, and easy prep – perfect for a quick dinner and packing leftovers for lunch.  I love all kinds of chili but I wasn’t so sure about a bean-less chili recipe…turns out, I didn’t miss the beans one bit!  And if you’re in a time crunch, this recipe can also be prepared in the Instant Pot!

This chili is so good and seriously beyond easy to make.  I’ve found that easy, make-ahead recipes like this one are key to Whole30 and any healthy eating plan/lifestyle.  Planning and prepping ahead for the week is my secret weapon for staying on track.  Every Saturday, I write down my menu and shopping list for the next week (seems if I write it down, I am much more likely to actually do it!)  Then I spend a couple of hours on Sunday prepping a few meals and snacks for my family.

Variations on Whole30 Chili

For a quicker version, make the chili in the Instant Pot using the directions below.

Add more veggies if desired – zucchini and riced cauliflower are great options.

Kick it up a notch!  If you like heat, add some cayenne, red pepper flakes, or tabasco for a spicier chili.

If you’re a fan of this recipe, you’re going to also love this Instant Pot Turkey Sweet Potato Chili. 

For Meal Prep, make this chili ahead and portion into these glass containers for lunch all week!

How to Make Homemade Chili Seasoning Blend

In this recipe, I used my own homemade chili seasoning blend.  Because I make different varieties of chili so often, I’ve found it easier to make a large batch of my favorite blend to have on hand, rather than measuring separate spices for each recipe.  Check out this post for the chili seasoning blend recipe.  It really is a time saver and only basic pantry spices are needed.

Also head over to this post to see recipes for all of my favorite homemade spice blends that I use regularly!

Whole30 Tips for Success

Read the book, The Whole30: The 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.  It includes everything you need to know and tons of awesome recipes.  I adapted this recipe from the Classic Chili recipe in the book.

Stock up on staples at Thrive Market.  Thrive has so many great compliant options that are sometimes hard to find in the grocery store.  And if you use my link, you’ll get 25% off your first order!

Keep it simple!  Whole30 can be overwhelming.  I’ve found it’s best to stick to easy recipes that can be made ahead, like this chili.

Find a support network.  Whether in real life or over social media, a peer group can be a crucial tool for staying on track.  Check out my private Facebook Whole30 Support Group!

For more Whole30 info and ideas, check out this complete Whole30 Survival Guide with menu plan, shopping list, and tips for success.

 

Crockpot Whole30 Chili

Crockpot Whole30 Chili - a hearty, no bean chili recipe. The perfect addition to a Whole30 or Paleo menu and super simple to prepare ahead! | tastythin.com

Crockpot Whole30 Chili

Crockpot Whole30 Chili - a hearty, no bean chili recipe. The perfect addition to a Whole30 or Paleo menu and super simple to prepare ahead! 
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, crockpot, slow cooker, soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 116kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced unsalted tomatoes
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 2.5 tablespoons homemade chili seasoning see below
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth or chicken broth
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Brown the turkey over medium high heat.
  • Add the turkey and remaining ingredients to a slow cooker.  Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 3-4 hours.  Adjust seasonings to taste and top with sliced jalapenos, chopped red onion, avocado, etc. as desired.
  • Homemade Chili Seasoning Blend:  5 Tablespoons chili powder, 2 Tablespoons cumin, 2 Tablespoons garlic powder, 2 Tablespoons oregano, 1 Tablespoon paprika (or smoked paprika), 1 1/2 Tablespoons onion powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons salt.  Store in a mason jar or tightly sealed container.

For the Instant Pot

  • Set Instant Pot to saute.  Spray with cooking spray or add 1 teaspoon olive oil to the pot.  Add ground turkey, stirring until cooked.  Add remaining ingredients to the pot.  Set to Manual for 10 minutes.  When cycle is complete, allow for natural release of pressure.  Serve with favorite toppings!
Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 25.9% | Vitamin C: 33.6% | Calcium: 3.3% | Iron: 9.2%

Notes

**Note: this recipe was updated on 9/17/18.  Original recipe did not include crushed tomatoes and called for less chili seasoning.
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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Nick
    October 17, 2017 at 9:47 am


    By the power of math, I give you a single batch of spices (rounded, so it’s not exact):
    1 tsp chili powder
    1/2 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 tsp oregano
    1/4 tsp paprika
    1/4 tsp onion powder
    pinch of black pepper, or to taste
    1/8 tsp salt

    • Reply
      Nikki
      October 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks, Nick 🙂

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      Caitie
      January 18, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      If I follow the recipe above, which seasoning measurements should I use? The ones listed in the original recipe, or the single batch from Nick??

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    Beth
    October 26, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    This soup needs an addtional 28oz of crushed tomatoes and at least double the spices. Otherwise it was bland and hotdish-like.
    With those changes, it was a delicious, compliant soup.
    Thanks.

    • Reply
      Nikki
      October 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Beth, thanks for the comment. It definitely is a more broth-like chili. For those who prefer a thicker, heartier chili, I added some modifications to the recipe notes. 🙂

  • Reply
    barbara cauchon
    October 29, 2017 at 11:15 am


    Hi Nikki! I shared this with my newsletter group and posted the link to your web page. Hubby and I made this while on the Whole30 and we loved it!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      October 29, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Barbara, thank you so much!!! Glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

      • Reply
        barbara cauchon
        October 29, 2017 at 5:28 pm

        You are very welcome! Will be scanning your site for more recipes to share with my readers!

  • Reply
    Paula
    November 1, 2017 at 2:39 pm


    Just made this exactly as written. No changes needed! Love the consistency and BAM the flavor is delicious! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      November 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Thank You, Paula! 🙂

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    Casey
    November 12, 2017 at 8:23 pm


    I love your website! I made this chili this evening and used extra spices and additional tomatoes. Would probably add some jalepenos for additional flavor next go-around. I also food prepped your buffalo chicken with whole30 ranch today – can’t wait to try it tomorrow! Thank you for the great recipes!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      November 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Casey! The chili recipe is so versatile…I often change it up too. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the buffalo chicken!

  • Reply
    Laurel
    February 5, 2018 at 7:04 pm


    How much is a serving size? 2 cups or 1 cup?

    • Reply
      Nikki
      February 6, 2018 at 8:58 am

      About 1 cup

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    .....
    February 28, 2018 at 5:05 am


    I love my chilli brothy like this.

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  • Reply
    Patricia
    September 10, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Where do you find beef broth with no sugar in it? I looked at every can,or box, even organic and there weren’t any that didn’t have sugar in

    • Reply
      Nikki
      September 10, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      It can be hard to find! My local health food store carries Bonafide Provisions broth. Other approved brands are Bare Bones and Kettle & Fire Broth. Thrive Market has the Kettle & Fire as well as their own compliant brand.

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    Deanna
    October 9, 2018 at 8:09 pm


    Made this twice now and love it… however I added more peppers a mix of them for spice and fresh tomatoes to give it some more oomph!! So good !! Also used the pressure cooker… done in no time !!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      October 10, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Thanks, Deanna! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Reply
    Lynn
    November 24, 2018 at 9:24 pm


    This one looks so delicious! I wanna make this for dinner.

  • Reply
    Daniel Coudret
    January 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Loved this! I modified it a bit. I used 2 pounds ground turkey with 3 tablespoons chili powder and doubled the rest of the spices you listed like someone suggested and added 10 diced roma tomatoes. Thank you for the recipe. Perfect combo of spices. I never thought of using ground turkey.

  • Reply
    Hilaru
    February 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm


    I liked this a lot! I didn’t measure the spices- usually don’t, just eyeball things! I did add some cayenne pepper to give it a spicy kick

    • Reply
      Nikki
      February 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Patti
    February 3, 2019 at 10:41 am


    I am on day 30 of my first Whole 30 and this chili recipe was a big part of my success. I made about 6 batches of it during the month for my husband and me. We had it for lunch or dinner with a salad whenever we did not have time to cook. I went on a week-long business trip and made a batch to take with me. The only thing I changed was using Rotel in place of some of the tomatoes to give it an extra kick. This will be a staple in my kitchen for a long time to come! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      February 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Patti! Congrats on completing your Whole30, so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Reply
    Diana
    March 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm


    Delicious!!

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