Best healthy whole30 chili! Loaded with vegetables, fresh tomatoes, and meat, you won’t even notice this is a bean-free chili recipe. This recipe will make a perfect and delicious healthy weeknight dinner. Whole30 beef chili will quickly become a family favorite and can be enjoyed year-round.
It is so hard to pick an all-time favorite meal, but chili is sure to be near the top of the list. Chili is such a comfort food and delicious on those cold winter days. It is one of those meals I remember my mom and my grandma serving a lot when I was a kid.
When I first got married, I remember calling my grandma, while in the grocery store, asking her for her chili recipe. I love how easy it is to make and serve.
Chili can be made so many different ways, whether white chicken chili or traditional beef chili I find it delicious. Today, I am going to show you how to make whole30 approved chili.
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IS CHILI WHOLE30?
In a nutshell, traditional chili is made with beans, meat, and tomatoes. Whole30 does NOT allow beans of any kind on the diet. So technically chili would not be whole30 approved.
But have you ever tried chili without beans? I didn’t either until I was doing the whole30 for the first time. I found ingredients to swap in instead, and much to my surprise, I didn’t even notice it was missing!
HOW TO MAKE CHILI WHOLE30 APPROVED
Are you wondering what is whole30? Basically, it is a diet that you can follow for 30 days to help reset your body and help reduce cravings. The diet consists of vegetables, fruits, meats, healthy fats, and fermented foods. During the 30 days, you can not consume sugar, alcohol, beans, grains, dairy, and any type of processed foods.
The only alteration needed to make most chili whole30 approved is to remove the beans. But since beans are the main ingredient in chili, we will need to add something else.
You will also want to check your labels if you plan to use canned tomatoes or any other canned goods in this recipe. Some brands can contain sugar or other added ingredients that will not be allowed on the whole 30.
WHOLE 30 CHILI INGREDIENTS
For this whole30 approved chili recipe, you will need a lot of vegetables, making this a great recipe for the summertime when gardens are going strong.
If you don’t want to use a vegetable on the list, you can add more of a different one. This recipe doesn’t have to be exact and can easily be adjusted for your taste preference.
Organic ground beef or turkey
Green pepper, diced
Carrots, peeled and diced
Zucchini, peeled and diced
Fresh tomatoes, diced
Tomato sauce, sugar-free
Green chiles, diced
Garlic cloves, minced
OILS AND SPICES
WHOLE 30 CHILI RECIPE
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute peppers, onions, garlic, carrots, and zucchini for 3-5 minutes.
- Add in the ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
- Add in the spices, green chilies, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Bring to boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 40 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
For a little more liquid in the chili, add 2 cups of bone broth in step 3.
Want to make this recipe in the instant pot? Very simple! Select “sautee mode” and perform step 1. Then combine all ingredients in the last 2 steps and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
CAN YOU FREEZE WHOLE30 CHILI?
Yes! This whole30 dinner will be the perfect meal to make in bulk and freeze for an easy meal. Once the chili is completely cooled down, you can pour it into a freezer-safe dish to freeze.
It will last up to 6 months when frozen. Place the dish in the refrigerator a few days before you want to eat it, so it has time to defrost. Warm and serve!
WHOLE30 MEAT GUIDELINES
You don’t necessarily need to use organic meat when eating whole30. However, it is best too! Meat that isn’t organic most likely contains genetically modified organisms (GMO’S), hormones, and antibiotics.
We buy our beef from a local grass-fed farmer in our area. You may be surprised that you too might have a local grass-fed farmer in your area, even if you don’t live in the country. Reach out to farmers at your local farmer markets and ask around. A lot of times, you will find farmers that deliver to more populated areas.
If buying from a local farmer isn’t an option for you, I have found great prices at ALDI. You can also find organic meats at your health food stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Sprouts.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 large green pepper, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 small zucchini, peeled and diced
- 4 tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 4-oz can diced green chilies
- 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tbsp cumin
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute peppers, onions, garlic, carrots, and zucchini for 3-5 minutes.
2. Add in the ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
3. Add in the spices, green chilies, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Bring to boil. Boil for 5 minutes then reduce heat to low and simmer for 40 minutes or until vegetables are soft.