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Whole30 Cacao Beef Chili {Paleo and Gluten-Free}

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A big bowl of hearty Whole30 Cacao Beef Chili is the perfect dish for a cold winter’s night. Actually, who am I kidding, beef chili is pretty delicious during the summer months too!

One of my favorite things about making chili is that it is quick and easy, so I can get dinner on the table in no time with minimal effort. In fact, it’s one of the recipes I’m teaching my older kids to make.

Because it’s so simple to make, no bean chili is a great weeknight meal. It also freezes well, so it’s a wonderful addition to your weekly meal preparation routine. Make a big batch of this Whole30 beef chili and you’ll be ready for many meals to come.

Whole30 Cacao Beef Chili Recipe

This cacao beef chili is Paleo and Whole30 compliant. Though, if you want to stretch it to serve more meals and you are not adhering to a Whole30 or Paleo diet, feel free to add beans. Both pinto and blank beans work well in this easy chili recipe.

If you’ve never added Wildly Organic Cacao Powder to your chili, you are in for a treat! Cacao powder imparts a wonderful depth of flavor and pairs beautifully with tomatoes and ground beef.

This easy beef chili recipe also includes Wildly Organics Green Pepper granules. These granules make it simple to add flavor without the need for washing and chopping veggies! Plus, they are a great addition to other meals. I love adding green pepper granules to homemade pasta sauce, potato salad, and various spice blends.

If you’d like to branch out from the regular corn chips and sour cream accompaniment to chili (and you’ll need to if you are on the Whole 30 diet), serve this cacao beef chili with a side salad, over spaghetti squash, or atop a baked sweet potato for a complete meal.

Easily increase the number of veggies in this cacao chili by adding sliced bell peppers, chopped zucchini, and shredded carrots along with the onions. It’s also sometimes nice to add a few cups of baby spinach towards the end of simmering.

Serve this no bean Whole30 and Paleo Cacao Chili to your non-Whole30 and Paleo friends and they will be none the wiser. It’s so hearty and satisfying, no one will miss the beans!

The recipe below provides instructions for cooking this chili on the stove top, but you could certainly brown the meat and onions, then add to the slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low for about 6 hours in your slow cooker.

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Whole30 Cacao Beef Chili
A big bowl of hearty Whole30 Cacao Beef Chili is the perfect dish for a cold night. Because it's so simple to make, this no bean beef chili makes a great weeknight meal. It also freezes well, so it's a wonderful addition to your weekly meal prep routine. Make a big batch of this Whole30 beef chili and you'll be ready for many meals to come!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a large pot, over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add minced garlic and sauté for a minute more.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until meat is no longer pink, about 7-8 minutes.
  4. Once cooked through, add the chili powder, cacao powder, green pepper granules, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and beef broth. Stir well.
  6. Simmer gently for at one hour.
  7. Serve with a side salad or on top of a baked sweet potato.
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