Just Plain Chili

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Just Plain Chili

Servings 8

Total Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 3 hours

Nutrition Information

calories 303

carbohydrate 7g

protein 22g

fat 21g


  • 2 pound(s) beef, lean ground
  • 1 medium bell pepper(s), green diced
  • 6 medium garlic clove(s) minced
  • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper freshly ground
  • 3 tablespoon(s) cumin
  • 11/2 tablespoon(s) chili powder
  • 1 can(s) tomatoes, (28 oz)


  1. Light coals in grill. While coals are setting (30-45 minutes), form ground beef into large patties. If you don't have a grill feel free to cook the beef in another pan. You shouldn't need to add any oil to cook the meat in. Make sure you drain any excess fat before transferring meat to the skillet (or not if you want the extra fat).
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed soup pot, and add freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Add bell pepper and saute 5-7 minutes. Turn heat off and stir in minced garlic.
  4. Grill patties over coals until medium rare, no more than 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Turn heat on high under soup pot, and place patties in with garlic, oil, and pepper mixture.
  6. Break up patties into small pieces with spatula and brown meat? thoroughly. Add tomatoes.
  7. Mash and break up tomatoes with spatula.
  8. Add enough water to cover all ingredients, reduce heat to low, and let simmer 2 hours or more.

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  1. I made this and added 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tsp paprika and I swear this is one of the most OUTSTANDING chili recipes ever!

  2. I wasnt a fan of this recipee. Cooking the chili for two hours made the beef come out dry in the pot. Not sure where I went wrong with ths one.

  3. We love this chili! We make 2 huge pots and freeze most of it for lunches. Instead of making the hamburger patties, I crumble the beef in the pan straight away. I am allergic to everything even remotely spicy so I leave out all of the seasonings in my batch. I add onions to both and jalepenos to my husband’s. Thank you for sharing this! We are pretty new to eating paleo but so far this is one of our favorite recipes.

  4. I’m cooking this now and needing a little extra spice. I’m thinking about adding the following: liquid smoke, jalepenos, beer, and cayenne pepper. Are any of these things NOT paleo (I’m thinking the liquid smoke and beer are not).

  5. If you are looking fore a smokier flavor and are not a fan of liquid smoke, maybe puree a chipotle chili or two and add it to the mix. Watch out though, some come packaged with adobo sauce. It tastes good, but contains vinegar, which you may or may not want depending on how how strictly you have tailored your paleo plan for yourself.

  6. My first Chili made ever and have to admit, it’s the Bomb.com! I used 3 fresh tomatoes instead cuz i didn’t have any canned tomatoes…Thanks for your site! This helps a whole lot sense we’re on a 30 Day Paleo Challenge!

  7. im making this today. but im not grilling the meat and im adding red pepper, chipotle powder, portobello mushrooms & and jalapenos. i may had a dash of cinammon as well….

  8. What would you serve this with? We’re still fairly new to eating this way and everything I’m thinking up [Crackers, corn bread, rice, tortillas, cheese, etc.] are all “no-no’s”. Other than this bowl of red, what else would you serve with this dish to make it a meal? TYIA

    1. Kealaz – Well, by virtue of the veggies, meat, and good fats in this recipe, it is a full meal. It’s kind of hard to get used to not having bread, some other carb, or dairy to make something “full meal”, but you’ll get used to it :) If you really want, you could even out the flavor with some coconut milk/cream, add a salad on the side, or eat a little fruit with it.

  9. I am trying this recipe tonight~ I had to stick it in the crock pot for a while as i head to take the kids to baseball practice. I sure hope it turns out as good as it sounds :)

  10. This chili sounds great. My husband suffers from gout, so I will have to use turkey. I much rather use beef . I am starting a Paleo tomorrow , and I am excited to feel better. Wish me luck.

  11. Another great recipe! Used ground turkey, cooked in a pot, threw everything in and simmered. Didn’t need to use that much chili powder, or it may have been a little to spicy for the kids. I also didn’t add the water, simmered it with the cover on for only 30 min. it came out deeeelish :) thanks again.

  12. I cooked this with:
    1lb ground beef
    1lb stew meat (beef)
    1 yellow squash
    1/2 diced onion
    6 garlic cloves (minced)
    1 green bell pepper
    10 sliced okra (Fresh)
    3 Tbs Cumin
    1 1/2 Tbs Chili powder
    1/2 Tbs Sage
    3 tsp Ground Black Pepper
    1 Can of Tomato’s
    2 1/2 can’s of Water…
    Smelled great cooking and Tasted AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for the Idea of Paleo Chili. We are new to this, but thus far love it!

  13. I just found this site and think its wonderful. Being new to Paleo it has become a challenge to re-learn cooking.

    I made a chili last night. I keep it simple by:

    Sauteed a onion and bulb of garlic
    browned 2 pounds of ground beef
    added 2 large cans of Rotel w/ peppers
    1 large can of chopped tomatoes
    1 can of tomato paste
    salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of chili powder.

    hindsight, maybe 1 teaspoon of chili powder is needed.
    It made a great pot of SUPER HOT chili.

    if this isn’t Paleo please tell me. I’m really trying

  14. i’m making this recipe on sunday for my son and his vegetarian girlfriend. can i substitue tofu for the meat and how much…i’ve never cooked with tofu before.

  15. I am new to this way of eating too and I haven’t made this chili yet. Couldn’t I use the chili spices that come with the 3 Alarm Chili packet? It has individual packets of chili pepper, red pepper cumin,onion & garlic in it. I would use my own fresh onion and garlic.

  16. I added a can of the diced tomatoes with green chilies and some spicy V8. I also sauteed some onion with the bell pepper.

  17. Love this recipe! I like beanless chili anyway, so eating this paleo version is a great excuse to make some awesome chili. I like it a little spicier though, I’d recommend some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to crank up the spice level!

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