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A blog about thriving and feeling awesome, by Brad Rourke

Slow Cooker Paleo Chili

Mild and Hot, fire and ice

Mild and Hot, fire and ice

I got a new Crock Pot for Christmas, so of course I had to cook a pot roast in it . . . and I immediately moved on to even greater heights by whipping up some incredible Paleo chili from scratch.

Since this is Paleo, NO BEANS!

Since this is from scratch, IT’S MESSY. Since it’s a slow cooker, it take a LONG TIME! Good for a Sunday.

This recipe is adapted from Paleo Comfort Foods (affiliate link):


  • 2 dried New Mexico chili peppers (the big red ones, mild)
  • 2 dried red chili peppers (the little red ones, hot)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound grass fed beef, cut in cubes (stew meat)
  • 1 pound ground grass fed beef
  • 1 pound GOOD bacon
  • 1 TB cumin seed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 chipotle peppers (canned) in adobo sauce
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 cups chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 4 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes


  1. Put dried chili peppers in a bowl of water for at least 30 minutes (may need to weight them down so they don’t float).
  2. Put bacon in the oven. When cooked but not crispy, remove it, drain, and cut it into 1″ squares.
  3. Heat half the olive oil (1/4 cup) in a large pan and get it hot. Brown cubed beef on all sides in hot pan (5-7 minutes, stirring frequently). Remove beef and hold in a bowl. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Drain the soaking chili peppers. Cut off their stems. In food processor, combine the soaked peppers, chipotle peppers, remaining olive oil, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper — and process until goopy (about 30 seconds).
  5. Back to the pan. Brown ground beef. Add the goop from the food processor. Add the chopped onions. When onions are slightly cooked (turning translucent), add the beef stock and let it simmer, reducing it slightly.
  6. Once reduced, pour the pan mixture (ground beef, etc.) into the slow cooker. Add the cubed beef and bacon. Add the chopped green peppers. Add the crushed tomatoes and the whole tomatoes (drain them and poke them with a fork so they fall apart nicely). Add tomatoe paste. Stir it all up.
  7. Cook on HIGH for 5 hours or so.
  8. Eat.

Sound tasty? It is! Try it, and let me know how you liked it!


  1. Sam Elowitch · January 7, 2013 Reply

    Sounds fabulous! I wonder what the carb count would be like.

    • bradrourke · January 7, 2013 Reply

      Low, and they are fine: from green vegetables. Some sugar from cooked tomatoes, but that’s not a major concern.

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