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The Ultimate Whole30 Chili Recipe

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The Most Bomb Whole30 Chili Recipe Ever

Are you ready to experience the most amazing Whole30 Beef Chili Recipe ever? In just 30 minutes, you can indulge in a bowl of tender beef, flavorful vegetables, comforting spices, and fire-roasted tomatoes. This chili is perfect for warming you up during those cold months.

Embracing Whole30

Growing up, my chili was always loaded with vegetables, meat, and beans, served over noodles. I later discovered the famous “frito pie” when I moved down south. This Tex-Mex delicacy consists of beef chili poured over Fritos corn chips, topped with cheese and all the fixings. It’s sometimes even served right in a Fritos chip bag!

However, today, we’re taking a different approach. We’re going full-on Whole30 with our chili, and trust me, you’re going to love it! Even my pickiest eaters couldn’t resist this delightful dish.

Spices on a plate for beef chili
Ingredients for Whole30 beef chili

What You’ll Need for This Whole30 Beef Chili

Don’t worry; this recipe maintains the essence of a classic chili with a few modifications. You’ll recognize many familiar ingredients, along with a couple of new additions that I guarantee you’ll enjoy. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Avocado Oil – Perfect for sautéing the vegetables and meat.
  • Onion – An essential ingredient for any chili recipe. I prefer using yellow onion for a milder flavor.
  • Garlic – Remember, the more garlic, the better. You’ll need minced garlic for this chili.
  • Ground Beef – Opt for grass-fed beef to elevate the flavor.
  • Vegetables – Don’t be intimidated by the long list; they shrink down during cooking. I use red pepper, yellow pepper, poblano, carrots, and celery. These veggies add texture, flavor, and a hearty element to the chili.
  • Tomatoes – I combine tomato paste for depth of flavor with diced fire-roasted tomatoes and crushed tomatoes.
  • Beef Bone Broth – This nutrient-rich liquid adds depth of flavor and enhances the beefy goodness. If you don’t have bone broth, beef stock works as a substitute.
  • Spices – We stick to the classics but also incorporate two new additions for that extra punch – cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, coriander, and of course, salt.
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Ladle filled with Whole30 beef chili

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How to Make Whole30 Chili

Creating a fantastic chili requires top-notch ingredients and some tender loving care. I love the process of making chili; I eagerly hover over the stove, savoring the delightful aroma as it fills the air. The best part? This Whole30 chili only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Sauté Onions: Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add avocado oil and onions. Sauté until the onions turn translucent, approximately 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add Garlic: Next, toss in the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, stirring continuously.

  3. Brown the Meat: Now, add the ground beef and cook until it’s no longer pink and slightly browned, around 5-7 minutes. Break up the meat while cooking, ensuring there are no big chunks.

Dutch oven with sautéed beef and vegetables
Dutch oven filled with beef, vegetables, and diced tomatoes for chili
Whole30 beef chili in a Dutch oven

  1. Spice Things Up: Add the spices – cumin, chili powder, coriander, smoked paprika, and sea salt. Stir everything together until well combined.

  2. Sauté the Vegetables: With the spices incorporated, mix in the red pepper, yellow pepper, poblano, carrots, and celery. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring throughout.

  3. Add the Liquid: Introduce the tomato paste, diced fire-roasted tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and beef broth. Stir everything together and cover.

  4. Simmer: Keep the heat at medium-high and let the chili cook for 15 minutes. Once done, serve and enjoy!

Whole30 beef chili in a bowl with spoon and toppings

Chili Topping Ideas

Elevate your chili game this year with some creative toppings or even set up a “chili bar” for your guests to customize their bowls. Most of these ideas are Whole30 compliant, with a few exceptions. Here are some topping suggestions:

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Diced Green Onion or Diced Red Onion
  • Jalapeños (raw or pickled)
  • Pickled Red Onion
  • Fritos Chips or Tortilla Chips
  • Avocado
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Beef chili in a bowl with avocado, onion, and cilantro

Tips for the Best Chili

To ensure your chili is nothing short of perfection, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Thicken Your Chili: If you prefer a thicker consistency, simmer the chili for longer until it reaches your desired thickness. Alternatively, you can add more chili powder, a natural thickener.
  • Meat Substitutions: Feel free to experiment with ground turkey or ground chicken for a different twist. You can even combine multiple meats to create your own unique blend.
  • Don’t Rush Browning: Although this recipe is quick, if you have a little extra time, allow the onions and ground beef to brown a bit longer. Browning adds depth and enhances the overall flavor.

Bowl of Whole30 beef chili with toppings

Chili Storage and Freezing Tips

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To freeze, transfer the cooled chili into a freezer-safe storage bag and store for up to 3 months. Thaw the chili overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Simply warm it up on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Other Chili Recipes You’ll Love

Looking for more chili recipes to add to your culinary repertoire? Check out these other fantastic options:

  • Healthy Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
  • The Best Instant Pot Chili Recipe
  • Smoky Lentil Chili Recipe
  • Instant Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
  • The Best Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Three bowls of Whole30 beef chili with spoons


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