The BOMB Paleo Chili!


My husband (a bomb technician, hence the name) was really wanting chili so I came up with this recipe to fit with Paleo! This was by far some of the best chili (Paleo or not) that I have ever had and my husband agreed! My 7 year old ate four bowls because he loved it! You do not even taste the vegetables in it so it is a great way to get the veggies in the kids (and the husband) without a fuss!


The Bomb Paleo Chili Ingredients: 

Two pounds of ground meat. We used turkey and pork.

2 cans tomato paste (JUST tomato pulp)

1 can diced tomato (JUST tomato, water and salt)

4 cups Broth (we used bone broth, but beef or chicken broth will work fine!)

About 2 pounds diced vegetables. You want about half meat, half vegetables. We used:

– celery

– zucchini

– carrot

– onion

– crushed garlic

1 tbs of dark cocoa powder. Just trust me on this… it gives your chili and amazing smokey flavor!

1/4 cup Chili powder (this is NOT cayenne and should not be spicy!)

Chipotle powder or cayenne pepper to taste. Remember as it sits it will get hotter.

Salt/pepper to taste.


– Brown ground meat, set aside.

– Add all the veggies with the broth and boil until veggies are tender.

– Add ALL ingredients to the crockpot and cook on high for 6 hours.

The best way to get a thick and hearty chili is to boil the excess liquid out of it! I boil mine until it has very little liquid left! This recipe easy to cook thanks to my Ninja 3 in 1 Cooking System! I was able to brown the meat, boil the vegetables and slow-cook the chili all in one pot! If you don’t have one you should check them out!!


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    • Ginger says:

      I’ve used a combination of 2 cans of organic canned carrots and 1 can of sliced beets both drained (save liquid if auce to tbick) blended. I use this as sauce substitute for tomatoes. I use for catsup and marinara sauce…adding spices and/or little red wine for marinara sauce…

  1. Lauren says:

    Hi! I love your recipe, I’ve also used chopped bell peppers and sweet potatoes to make chili….in case you were looking for ways to change it up 🙂

    and usually just one jalepeno if i want a little kick

    Love your site! It is awesome!!!!

  2. Img says:

    This recipe looks good. I don’t have broth and am not keen on chemical- laden stock cubes, and yet it’s likely that the flavour of the broth is important for the taste of the final product. What could i use instead of broth? Also, does the timing of 6 hours on high apply to Ninja’s slow cooker settings? If not, what are the timings for Ninja?

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  4. Tina says:

    My husband and I are doing a 30 day Paleo challenge.. Going into week 3 now. We made this chili for dinner tonight and man is it amazing! We followed your recipe as is.. Wouldn’t change a thing! Even the kids ate it! Can’t wait to have leftovers tomorrow! Thanks for posting!

  5. Tabbi says:

    Hi! Have you tried making this as a freezer meal. As a working mom freezer meals come in handy most of the week! So I’m always looking for meals that will freeze well.

  6. Sarah says:

    I made this and my daughter (6) loved it. She said I make the best chili ever. Question about the tomato paste. My store has the small cans of paste, as well as larger ones. I wasn’t sure with your recipe what size cans you were referring to.
    I purchased 2 large cans, but halved the recipe, so I used one large can. It tasted a little too tomato-ey to me. Can you clarify how much tomoto paste?

      • Sarah says:

        No wonder! Well now I have one large can to use in place of two small for my regular size batch this weekend.
        I added some sugar to cut down on the tomato taste, but my family still loved it. I think they will love it even more after I use the correct amount of paste!

  7. Harley says:

    This was soo good. Cooked it for dinner everyone loved it and the taste. Was surprised when told them there was cocoa in it. I actually added a little more than called for.i also added a jalapeño. . My household loves spicy… thanks for the recipe. Will fix this regularly. . 🙂

  8. Kerrin says:

    This would make a wonderful winter meal! I imagine you could also use seared and cubed chuck roast as the meat element. Plan to try the recipe this weekend. Thanks!

  9. Janine says:

    This looks delicious!! My only problem is, that I don’t have a crock pot. 🙁 How would I make it in a regular pot?

  10. stacy says:

    I have the ninja as well. Love it! So did you leave the meat in ther after frying it, add the veggies and broth to it, boil, then just add all the other ingredients and then slow cook? Leaving all the broth still in there, right?

    • Ashlee says:

      How many servings is this? I count macros and have figured for the whole batch it’s

      125.5g Fat
      156.5 Carbs
      275g Protein
      (If anyone is interested)

      But how many servings do you think? At 2 cups a serving?


      • Ashlee says:

        I figured it out Hahha

        16 servings (if using at 4 quart crockpot)

        7.84g Fat, 9.78g Carbs, 17.18g Protein per 1 cup serving 🙂

  11. loren says:

    so once you brown the meat do you just add all the veggies and broth and meat into the crockpot or do you need to boil the veggies and broth separately? If so how would you do it.

  12. Meliss says:

    Perfect! This chili recipe is the BEST. I added in extra chili powder, extra garlic, 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika for that kick, and halved the meat! I will be making this again.

  13. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this terrific recipe!! It was a chili-kind-of-day here in Wisconsin, but as I’m doing a Whole30 Challenge, can’t have any legumes.
    When I found this recipe, I knew I to make The Bomb.

    I made only one addition, and that was two large, chopped, red bell peppers. I made one subtraction, which was the cocoa. My guys and I loved it!! Both son and hubby agreed with me that they like this better than my usual chili.

    Thank you so much!

  14. Marissa says:

    I just made this chili tonight. Almost left out the chocolate because I was scared, but threw it in last minute and it was great!! Took it from tasting like a hearty spicy marinara to a smoky chili. I also added peppers and cumin. Very good!!

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  16. cari says:

    OMGosh this is sooooo good. I just made it in my pressure cooker. I followed the recipe but didn’t separate the meat. I added the larger tomato paste and cooked it for 15 minutes. Then on the stove to cook off some of the liquid. Now I crave some crackers. lol can’t have everything. It’s exceptional. I even added the cocoa with faith and it is the best I’ve ever made. Thanks so much.

  17. Devon Marcille says:

    I’ve made this chili multiple times and it’s always so great. The first time I used bison meat and this last time was a mix of beef and (unfortunately) some Jimmy Dean pork. The life of a college student can mean less than favorable ingredients, but it also means lots of happy roommates who have been eating the “best chili of their lives” the last few days. I was worried I overcooked the meat by browning before adding to the slow cooker but it tastes great.

  18. Paige says:

    I thought this was great! I made it with ground beef. Definitely needed some salt and pepper though. The fiance didn’t like it though so I doubt I will be able to enjoy again!

  19. Michelle says:

    I just want to say that this recipe is amazing. It is one of my go to Paleo recipes and everyone in my house loves it. It is so easy to make, my kids gobble it up and leftovers freeze well for crazy nights. Thank you for this!

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  21. Annie V says:

    This looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it. How many people does this feed roughly? I’m having a meeting at home where we will have 10 or so people in attendance. One wanted to bring Little Ceasers pizza *shudder* so I am looking for an alternate dinner. Its going to be cold and snowy and Chili sounds perfect. I just want to make sure I have enough or if I should make a double batch.

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  24. Teresa says:

    Should cocoa be unsweetened? Is regular cocoa powder okay? Is the chili powder just plain chili or a blend with cumin, etc. but not cayenne?

  25. Rachel Lambes says:

    This is the BEST chili recipe ever. It’s the only kind I ever make, whether I’m eating Paleo or not. I have shared it with several friends and they all love it and make it regularly. Thank you!!

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