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Monday, February 17, 2014

Paleo Crockpot Chili

It occurred to me over the weekend that I hadn't shared a recipe in a while, and oh boy, do I have a good one for you today- Paleo Crockpot Chili!

I don't care if you eat Paleo or not, this stuff is good not to mention super easy.  When I say easy I mean your five year old could do it.  Plus it's so fast to put together I almost, almost timed myself to see if I could make it in under 5 minutes.  I didn't, because I was too lazy to get the timer out but I could have done it.  Totally.

The hardest part about the whole thing is remember to thaw the meat.  Does anyone else have that problem?  I always forget to thaw the meat.  First world problems.

This is my take of PaleOMG Crockpot Pulled Pork Chili.  PaleOMG's version is perfect as is but I can't stand to measure ingredients when I cook so I just pretty much throw stuff in and hope for the best.  This just happens to be one of those recipes you can screw up!

Here are the ingredients to make 6-8 servings:
  • 2lb pork roast (there seem to be a ton of versions of this cut, buy what you want and what fits your dietary needs just cut off any excess fat if needed)
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • Any additional veggies you enjoy- throw 'em in!
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • chili powder
  • garlic (a few cloves?)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Sriracha (hot sauce) 
  • 2 cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes 
  • 1 can tomato sauce
I know that looks like a lot of ingredients.  Normally, I'd never even attempt a recipe that has more then 5 items. However, once you have all of the spices you can make this recipe over and over and over again by buy additional meat, veggies and tomatoes.  

Here is what I do to make this super easy.  The day/night before...

  1.  Chop up the peppers and onions.  I'm terrible at chopping and have horrible knives so if I can do this in five minutes you can too.  Put them back into the fridge.
  2. Thaw the meat 
  3. Get out the crockpot, spices and canned items and set on the countertop.  
First thing in the morning...
  1. Put the pork into the crockpot
  2. Add generous amounts (1 tablespoon or more) of every spice.  Like I said I don't measure and I'm sure that's driving some of you insane but just do it!  
  3. Add chopped onions, peppers, mushrooms, or any additional veggies
  4. Pour tomatoes and tomato sauce on top
  5. Add (or don't...) Sriracha.  I usually do a few generous squirts. This squeeze...1, 2, 3 x2.  If you like spicy add more.  If you don't like spicy take it out.  It's your dish, not mine.  :)
  6. Set for 10 hours on low
  7. At some point before you eat shred the roast, stir and ENJOY!
Boom!  6 servings, DONE!  Enjoy a dish that night and freeze or refrigerate to enjoy later.  

I don't normally get this excited over recipes but it's not often I find a recipe I can remember from the top of my head, put together easily, and actually think tastes good!  And, trust me there is still plenty of chilly weather left, in the Midwest at least, to enjoy this hot dish.

Your turn: Do you have a favorite healthy crockpot recipe? Share!!


  1. This sounds great, although I would swap out the pork, as I don't eat pork (of beef.) My favorite go to crockpot meal is Salsa Chicken, just throw in a couple boneless chicken breasts, a jar of salsa and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred the chicken and you can eat it in a sandwich, over a grain, or however you want.

    1. Salsa chicken sounds wonderful! I will be trying that for sure!!!

  2. I love the measurements; that's how I am! Just you know, put what you like. A little more or a little less. ;)
    I had a small bowl of a friend's white chicken chili this weekend and asked for the recipe to make it this weekend, minus the beans. It was mediocre. And missing the two cups of cheese that her recipe called for.. bummer.. lol..

    1. Cheese makes everything better along with guac, sour cream, and fritos. My family loves fritos in their chili. Who knew? Thanks for commenting, happy to have found your blog!

  3. This looks good! I'm not one for exact measurements either!

  4. I never measure either Annie, in fact in almost all of my recipes {up until recently} I never wrote the measurements for ingredients LOL. Nor am I great at chopping, I am a "chunker", I leave the chopping to my hubby the professional :) Can't tell you about thawing meat, as I don't cook with it or eat it...but I do make my chilli with lean ground turkey :) Great recipe

    1. A chunker. That's a perfect explanation of how I chop. My husband hates onions so I have to do my best to "chop" them. I would just eat them whole if it weren't for the bad breath! Is your husband a chef?!