Slow Cooker Paleo Chili Recipe

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This Slow Cooker Paleo Chili Recipe is not only Whole 30 Compliant, but it is also Vegan. I always love the idea of making recipes easier by making them in the Crockpot or Instant Pot. There is something so fulfilling and rewarding in the process of simplifying a recipe so that women can spend less time in the kitchen.

This Vegan Chili Recipe is also a crowd favorite when I’m entertaining. Since it is made in the slow cooker, you have lots of time to get your home ready for guests while it cooks in the crock pot.

Paleo Chili Recipe

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Over the years I have scaled back this slow cooker chili recipe to the basics to make sure that I get dinner on the table fast. When I am entertaining, it has helped that I am always running around trying to get everything prepared for guests.  The ingredients have been paired down to only the best crockpot chili ingredients.


This paleo chili recipe calls for sweet potato, red pepper, green pepper, carrots, red onions, vegetable stock, canned diced tomatoes, canned coconut milk, red curry paste, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.

With these ingredients, this slow cooker chili is both vegan and vegetarian. To make the recipe Whole 30 compliant and Paleo, you must use canned ingredients that don’t contain ingredients like added sugar.

Whole 30 Compliant Coconut Milk

Here are some Whole 30 Compliant Coconut Milk: Trader Joe’s Coconut Milk (available at Trader Joe’s), Whole Foods 360 Brand Coconut Milk (available at Whole Foods), Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk (available for purchase on Amazon), Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk (available for purchase on Amazon), and A Taste of Thai Coconut Milk (it can be found at various grocery stores).

Canned Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk in the can is what you are looking for when you are on the Paleo Diet. If you are the store trying to figure out what canned coconut milk to get, make sure to avoid sulfates. Avoid Potassium Metabisulfite, is a common ingredient in canned coconut milk and is not Whole30compliant. Don’t Be Afraid of Guar Guam. It is allowed on Whole30, but it is better if you can find a brand without any guar gum.

On the Whole 30 plan and the Paleo Diet, you can eat meat. You can easily add ground beef or ground chicken to the recipe by adding meat into the crock pot. Make sure to get the meat with the least amount of fat. You can also sear the meat before you add it to the recipe to get some of the fat out before you add it to the slow cooker.

Canned coconut milk is extremely healthy. One cup of canned coconut milk has more than 10 percent of your daily value of iron, magnesiumpotassium, and zinc. It’s also high in fat, but it contains a type of fat that provides health benefits. Learn more about Coconut Milk health benefits here on SF Gate site.

Paleo Tomato Sauce

I’m made the Paleo Crockpot Chili with fresh tomatoes, but I have found that the canned diced tomatoes work the best. The tomato sauce does something wonderful to this easy paleo chili making the veggies stews perfectly together. Not all canned diced tomatoes are Whole30 Compliant. Muir Glen Organic is compliant and available at my local Publix.

If you cannot find Mui Glen, you can find Whole 30 compliant tomatoes by reading labels. The most common Whole30 banned ingredient in canned tomato sauce is sugar. Another thing to look for on ingredient labels is noncompliant oils like soy or canola oil.

Paleo Red Curry Paste

The red curry paste that adds tons of flavor and awesomeness to this paleo sweet potato chili. The Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste is Whole 30 compliant and perfectly fine one the Paleo Diet as well. The Thai Kitchen red curry paste ingredients are red chili pepper, garlic, lemongrass, galangal (Thai ginger), salt, shallot, spices, and kaffir lime. It has naturally occurring sugar with no sugar added so it is fine for the Paleo Diet as well as Whole 30.

If you are on the Paleo Diet or doing the Whole 30 Challenge, make sure to read your labels as recipes for canned and bottled products change over time. Something that was once compliant might change their formula.

Do you love curry as much as we do? Check out this Jamaican Goat Curry Recipe from Recipes from a Pantry by Bintu.

Thai Spices

Feel free to play around with Thai spices in this paleo crockpot chili, too. Try coriander seed, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, in addition to cayenne pepper.

Vegetable Chili Heath Benefits

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassiumdietary fiberniacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus. Learn more about Sweet Potatoes on WH Foods.

Sweet Potatoes are such a wondering veggie that melts perfectly into these Easy Roasted Veggies. They are an awesome side dish to another vegan main course, Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Noodles.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin C and vitamin B6. They are a very good source of folate, molybdenum, vitamin E, dietary fiber, vitamin B2, pantothenic acid,  niacin, and potassium. Learn more about Bell Peppers on WH Foods site.


The Carrots in this yummy crockpot chili recipe are a rich source of this powerful antioxidant Beta-Carotene, which, among other vital uses, can be converted into vitamin A in the body to help maintain healthy skin. Carrots increase saliva and supply essential minerals, vitamins, and enzymes that aid in digestion. Learn more about the many health benefits of carrots on Care 2 website.

Red Onions

The red onions in this vegan chili recipe are extremely healthy for you. They contain fiber and folic acid, a B vitamin that helps the body make healthy new cells. Onions are healthy whether they’re raw or cooked, though raw onions have higher levels of organic sulfur compounds that provide many benefits. Learn more about red onions here on the Live Science site.

Red onions are a wonderful addition to foods like this Watermelon Ceviche recipe.


How to Make Vegan Chili?

Dice the fresh sweet potatoes, green peppers, red peppers, carrots and red onions the day before to cut out stress if you are making for a party. I like to buy the organic crinkle cut carrots in the bag to cut out the prep time. Some grocery stores have pre-cut peppers and onions too. If you want to save more time, you can get these too. I usually stick to the pre-cut carrots because they are good snacks and last a while.

paleo slow cooker chili in the crockpot (1 of 1)

If you are making this easy vegan chili for a party, you can get your house ready while this easy crockpot chili cooks for 4 hours.

Place the fresh vegetables in the bottom of the crockpot. Then, add the diced tomatoes, curry paste, diced garlic, pepper, and vegetable stock. Make sure to stir thoroughly. 

Easy Crockpot Chili Recipe

Set the crockpot on high for 3.5 hours. At the end of 3.5 hours, the canned coconut milk into the slow cooker and stir. Put the lid back on and let the healthy crockpot chili cook for another 30 minutes. 

Have fun with this slow cooker chili recipe. Sometimes I add in cayenne pepper to bring in a little heat to the Vegan Chili.  Other times, I have thrown in maple syrup to sweeten it up. Taste test as you cook and add in the ingredient slowly to get the right flavor for your palette.

Serve it up with a dollop of canned coconut milk, fresh lime juice, and cilantro.


Paleo Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker Paleo Chili Recipe

This delicious and easy to make paleo chili recipe is not only vegan, but it is also Whole 30 compliant & only takes 4 hours in the slow cooker or crockpot
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chili, crockpot, Paleo, Slow Cooker, Sweet Potato
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 75kcal
Author: April Golightly


  • 114 g sweet potato medium size, peeled & diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots diced
  • 1/4 cup red onions diced
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 14.5 oz Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Dice peppers, sweet potato, onion, and carrot, and put in the bottom of a slow cooker. 
  • Add in diced tomatoes, curry paste, garlic, pepper, and vegetable stock. Stir thoroughly. 
  • Cover and cook on high for 3.5 hours, stirring once each hour. 
  • With 30 minutes left, stir in 1/4 cup of canned coconut milk. 
  • Once fully cooked, serve topped with cilantro and a squeeze of lime.


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 819mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5945IU | Vitamin C: 34.8mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.2mg


Can you make Crockpot Chili the Day Before?

Certainly! You can heat up the in the microwave or in the oven the next day. I like cooking the day of the party so that you don’t have to mess with the reheating.

Also, you can freeze any leftovers for a future meal. When freezing the paleo chili, separate it out into bowl sized portions so that they thaw quicker and you don’t waste any.

You can even freeze vegan chili ingredients before baking. If you want to throw the ingredients into the crockpot frozen, add 2 hours to the cook time.


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