Slow Cooked, Grass Fed Beef Chili

Let me start by saying M loves chili.

Chili and meatloaf.

Every time I make either of those dishes he says: “you know, you could make this every week…”

So…I might…make it every week…maybe. I mean, it’s pretty yummy…

I made this recipe for M’s work Christmas party and he’s been asking for it ever since.

To make it detox friendly, this chili is sans legumes (no beans, people), and doubly meaty and therefore, doubly delicious.

Slow Cooked, Grass Fed Beef Chili

(adapted from Andie’s version on Can You Stay for Dinner?)


2 lbs grass-fed beef

1 onion

4 carrots

4 celery stalks

2 cloves garlic

28 oz crushed tomatoes

14 oz diced tomatoes

2 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp cumin

2 tsp smoked paprika

a dash (or more) of cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. Coarsely chop your carrots, celery and onion and mince the garlic. Lay all the veggies on the bottom of your slow cooker
  2. Crumble the ground beef over the veggies in an even layer.
  3. In a large bowl, mix both types of canned tomatoes, and all spices.
  4. Pour the tomato mixture over the beef/ veggies and make sure it’s evenly spread.
  5. Put the lid on your cooker and let the chili cook for 8 hours on low or 6 hours on high, whichever floats your boat.


This was my first time making chili without beans. I hypothesized that I could replace the beans with more meat to keep that thick, chili consistency.  I was nervous…but, in the end, I didn’t even miss the beans at all and the chili was the perfect texture! It’s still chili if there are no beans in it, right?

The beef makes this a hearty dish–I actually made this on the coldest day of the week last week and it warmed us up perfectly!

Post detox, I’d make some Only-Grain-in-it-is-Corn-Bread to go with it as a treat…

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7 Responses to Slow Cooked, Grass Fed Beef Chili

  1. wolly October 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM #

    Exactly what I have been looking for! No beans means sweet dreams. Time to Beef up!!

    Thanks Allison

    • Allison October 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM #

      You’re welcome, Wolly! Hope you enjoy it…

  2. Kim January 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

    Made this the other night – it was delicious! Will definitely be making again. Do you have any nutrition facts available?

    • Allison January 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM #

      Hi Kim! I’m glad you liked it. I don’t have the nutrition facts– I usually count it as mostly protein (because there are no beans, it’s much lower in carbs than other chili recipes out there). I would base your serving sizes off of a serving of grass-fed ground beef.

  3. Shirley January 24, 2018 at 10:58 PM #

    Looks delicious! Exactly a great idea for dinner. Thank you.


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