October Featured Chef Megan Barrett propels us into fall with this warming Paleo Beef & Bacon Chili recipe. Cook the bacon, prep the veggies, and let the slow-cooker do the rest! Come home to the savory aroma of a full-bodied, high-protein meal.
“Slow cookers. Amazing, right? Dump everything in there in the morning. And by dinner time, your food is ready to eat. The flavors in this Crockpot Paleo Chili come together beautifully while they simmer in the slow cooker.
Most chili has beans…lots of beans. But not this one. This is a bean free (Paleo) chili. It has amazing flavor, my husband said he might even enter it in his work chili contest…watch out everybody! Even if you’re not on the Paleo diet you’ll love the flavor of this simple and healthy chili (and the ease that it comes together).
And, of course, you can always add a can of beans if you want them in there :).”
Paleo Beef & Bacon Chili
Recipe By: Megan Barrett | Scratch to Basics
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hrs 15 min
Spices & Flavor:
- 1 cup water
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 tsp granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
- 2 tsp cumin
- 4 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp parsley
- ¼ tsp dill
- ¼ tsp salt
- Cook your 8 oz of bacon (stovetop or in the oven)
- Chop your 4 carrots (½ inch discs work well)
- Chop and de-seed the bell peppers (8 oz). One inch strips work well.
- Dice the half onion
- Mix tomato paste, spices, and water in mixing bowl.
- Add everything to the crock pot (raw ground beef, cooked bacon, chopped peppers, chopped carrots, chopped onion, and your tomato paste/water/spice mixture).
- Turn on your crock pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
- Taste and add salt, or hot sauce, as needed.
Cooking bacon in the oven reduces grease splatter and shrinkage.
Substitute for different veggies if you’d like!
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NUTRITION INFORMATION: YIELD: 4 SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving:
TOTAL FAT: 41g
SATURATED FAT: 14g
TRANS FAT: 1g
UNSATURATED FAT: 22g
I’m a firm believer that food doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious. I make delicious food daily and it’s NEVER complicated. Trust me. I don’t have time for complicated. I need easy. Easy to remember recipes, simple ingredients, and fast recipes that are packed with nutrition and flavor. Right around the time I started Scratch to Basics, I began a food journey of my own. I’ve been wandering down the road of elimination diets and food sensitivities. I’ve learned that I feel best when I avoid certain foods. For that reason, most of the recipes you’ll see on the blog are gluten free, dairy free, and/or Paleo.
My family and I are on a journey towards living a simpler life, growing our own food, and spending time on things that matter most. We are paying more attention to where our food comes from, and what’s inside it. I believe we can make a difference by making sustainable choices to eat real food each day.