Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili (without Chili Powder)

11 Mar

Chili is perfect for a lazy, chilly, rainy day, especially if you can make it in the slow cooker.  It was exactly chili weather the other day so I was definitely craving it… the only issue was I didn’t have any chili powder laying around!  Doesn’t matter to me, because I can make paleo slow cooker chili without any chili powder!  Be warned though, this recipe is very spicy if you add the cayenne pepper and jalapeno! So, skip those if you don’t want it like that.

Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili (without Chili Powder)
Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili (without Chili Powder)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 8 oz sliced portobello mushrooms (I used sliced baby portobello mushrooms)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp paprika (If you don’t want it really spicy, go ahead and use 3 tbsp and no cayenne pepper. If you do want spicy, use 2 tbsp of paprika and 1 tbsp cayenne pepper)
  • 0-1 tbsp cayenne pepper (it’ll be spicy! so put less or even none if you don’t like spicy!)
  • 1 jalapeno (optional, add only if you like it very spicy like me!)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 28 oz cans of diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Salt, pepper as desired

Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients minus Tomatoes


1.  Use a chef’s knife to chop up all those things you are supposed to chop up.  This includes the onion, green pepper, optional jalapeno, and mushrooms.

Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

Chopping of veggies

2.  Turn crock pot/slow cooker to high, and dump your cans of diced tomatoes along with the tomato juice in to your slow cooker.  My slow cooker is a 5-Quart Slow Cooker. So anything this size or bigger should work.

3.  Add the paprika in there, and stir.

Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

Tomatoes and paprika

4.  In a large skillet on medium heat, heat up 1 tbsp of butter , and then add the ground beef.  Cook until there’s only a little pink left, and make sure to break it down in to small chunks while doing so.

Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

About to cook ground beef

5.  Dump the ground beef in to the slow cooker (try to keep the buttery meat sauce in the pan to cook veggies in).

6.  Next, it’s time to sauté your veggies (onions, green pepper, jalapenos if using, mushrooms, garlic)!  If you don’t really have that buttery meat sauce mixture any more, add another tbsp of butter.  Sauté until your onions are translucent.

Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

Onions and jalapenos

7.  Add this mixture in to your slow cooker and stir.

8.  I added salt, pepper and the cayenne pepper (if using) now, and mix well.

Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

Cayenne Pepper in Chili

9.  Change the slow cooker heat to low and cook for 8 hours, until chili is thickened and then enjoy!

Slow Cooker Paleo Chili without Chili Powder!

Slow Cooker Paleo Chili without Chili Powder!

It’s the perfect chili for when you want a different taste to your chili, and you like it spicy so you can turn the heat up while it’s rainy and cold outside!

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10 Responses to “Spicy Paleo Slow Cooker Chili (without Chili Powder)”

  1. Renee Galligher February 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    This is in my crock pot right now as I type. I’ll let you know how it turned out. I plan on this for my lunch tomorrow.

  2. Meghan May 17, 2014 at 12:07 am #

    Just made this tonight. It was AMAZING. I made it a little too spicy for the family but I was being a little selfish for myself =) I have never had mushrooms in chili and I would rate this A+! Thanks for sharing.

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