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Whole30 Chili - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, instant pot or stove, EASY!

There aren’t many soups my kids love, but this Whole30 Chili is one of them! Chili is a cozy fall must-have. And, it’s super easy to make it compatible with your diet as well as a dish the whole family can enjoy.

Why We Love This Whole30 Chili

First, this Whole30 Chili is also Paleo, Keto-friendly, gluten-free, and dairy-free, with plant-based and vegan options! Second, it can be made on the stove or in the instant pot. Third, I love that it gets so many veggies into this hearty soup. I add riced cauliflower, as there are so many textures and flavors that my kids don’t notice or care. We don’t miss the beans one bit! However, you can toss in some beans if you do (and are not eating Whole30 or Paleo).

Whole30 Chili - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, instant pot or stove, EASY!

Plus, it’s easy to make, with only 20 minutes of prep. Also, it makes enough that even this family of 7 has a serving or two left for lunches the next day. AND, it freezes great, so it’s a great one to make up and store away for a night you don’t want to cook.

Finally, it’s portable! I freeze this Whole30 Chili and take it with us camping to heat up over the campfire. Or, I freeze it and take it in a personal cooler on a plane to heat up at the hotel and save money on a trip. I also have taken it with us on road trips to heat and eat at a gas station.

Whole30 Chili - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, instant pot or stove, EASY!

Other Whole30 Soups I Love

When it’s soup season, never fear – I have you covered with so many delicious options! ALL of these are Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free with various cooking options.


  • Ground beef – I usually use 93/7 or 85/15 leanness, but you can use whatever is accessible to you! And yes, you can substitute ground turkey or chicken, if that is your preference. NEED A VEGAN OPTION? You can remove the ground meat altogether and just add 2-3 cans of drained and rinsed beans of your choice. OR, you can swap the ground meat for plant-based meat crumbles. Abbot’s Butcher has a Whole30-approved vegan meat crumble I actually really enjoyed HERE.
  • Onion – Most onions will work here, I usually use yellow or white onion.
  • Garlic – You can use fresh garlic cloves, that you mince. Or, grab a bottle of pre-chopped minced garlic (I find them by the produce section). Don’t have any fresh garlic? You can substitute 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic or garlic powder.
  • Carrots – We prefer these finely chopped with my mini food processor (pictured below) to help them blend into the soup better. You can use whole carrots or baby carrots, whatever you prefer, with 1 cup total.

Whole30 Chili - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, instant pot or stove, EASY!

  • Celery – I also finely chop these in my mini food processor as well. Easier prep and better chili texture!
  • Canned tomatoes – My family prefers the petite diced, but you can use the regular diced tomatoes as well.
  • Tomato sauce – Just basic tomato sauce, double checking there are no added sugar or unallowed additives if you are on a Whole30.
  • Riced Cauliflower – You can use fresh or frozen, whatever you have on hand or is most affordable!
  • Chili powder – I get my spices from the bulk bins of Winco or in bulk from Sam’s Club
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Cumin
  • Salt – Traditional table salt works great here!
  • Pepper – Anytime I reference pepper in my recipes, it’s always referring to black ground pepper.
  • Optional toppings: Avocado, chopped cilantro, jalapenos, homemade Plantain Chips or Tostones (if on a Whole30, or store-bought plantain or tortilla chips (if not on a Whole30).

Whole30 Chili - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, instant pot or stove, EASY!


Whole30 Chili - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, instant pot or stove, EASY!

Whole30 Chili

Autumn, @wholefoodfor7
A hearty beanless chili that still hits the spot and is easy to make!
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 286 kcal


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped about 1 cup
  • 3 large carrots, chopped about 1 cup
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce make sure it's compliant if doing Whole30
  • 3 15oz cans petite diced tomatoes make sure it's compliant if doing Whole30
  • 12 oz riced cauliflower optional veggie boost
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 avocados optional, but delicious!


  • Either in a large pot over medium heat or in an InstantPot on saute, cook ground beef with garlic and onion till meat is browned.
  • Add all other ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Simmer on medium on the stove for 1 hour or in the InstantPot on "Beans/Chili" for 30 minutes. Or you can throw it all into a slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on low.
  • Top with chopped avocado and serve warm. If not on a Whole30 or Keto diet, it's delicious with crunched up plantain chips as well!
  • Freezes great, feel free to put the leftovers in individual or large glass container and freeze for up to 3 months.


Calories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 23gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 736mgPotassium: 685mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5195IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg
Keyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, keto, main dish, nut-free, paleo, whole30
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Whole30 Chili - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, instant pot or stove, EASY!


  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was not only delicious, but also simple! My 14 and 12 year old sons pulled it together for us tonight. Flavorful comfort food at its finest!

    • Oh my gosh, kids in the kitchen is the BEST. Way to go getting them in there and love that this was easy enough for them to feel successful and enjoyed by all. Thanks for the review!

  2. 5 stars
    So satisfying! The hidden veggies add so much flavor. Don’t miss beans at all! Everyone in the family enjoyed it!

    • WAHOO! Gotta love a veggie-loaded family dinner win. I’m so glad your family enjoyed it. Thank you for the review!

  3. 5 stars
    My family of 4 loves this chili with no beans! We freeze the leftovers and use the leftovers for another night…Nacho night. The kids like to dunk their cheese nachos in the chili.

    Sooooo good!

    • Ooo, I love that cheese nacho twist with this chili. So glad it’s one your family loves! Thank you so much for the review!

  4. 5 stars
    Wisconsin winter=chili weather! So thankful for such a delicious meal while doing a Whole30. And, one that everyone loves!

    • Hooray! I’m so glad this hit the spot during your Winter Whole30 and was a family hit. YAY! Thanks for the review!

  5. 5 stars
    This chili is a staple in my household! We make it multiple times a year. It’s my go to especially for new mamas that just brough their babies home. They always ask for the recipe. If I’m not on whole 30, I’ll had beans, corn, and a side of cornbread. This chili is SO good!

    • This makes me SO happy that you take this to new mamas, what a nourishing gift for them that you do that. And YAY that this one is a staple, love it. Thanks so much for the review!

  6. 5 stars
    I make this chili multiple times a year!! Especially for new mommas after they bring their babies home. It’s so filling and I love the hidden veggies. If I’m not on whole 30, I’ll add beans, corn, and a side of corn bread. Truly a staple in my household!

  7. This is on the stove right now. I know it’s not exactly chili weather, but it sounded like the perfect way to sneak in some extra veggies! My first impression is “delicious!” Can’t wait to eat a bowl for dinner!

  8. 5 stars
    I was suspicious of all the veggies in this, but this is SO good!

    • “Suspicious” lol, I love it. Glad you gave it a chance – I’m always here for getting in veggies that still taste delicious! Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    Great recipe & perfect for the rainy day in Ohio today. Easy & yummy.

    • Mmmmm, I love a bowl of this on a rainy day. Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    I made this on my last whole 30, and am excited to make it on my current. It’s such an easy, but flavourful recipe that I can have for work day lunches! I love pairing this with some tostones and avocado on top for a meal to keep me full until dinner!

    • I’m so happy this was an easy win for you! And that sounds delicious with tostones, yummm. Thank you!

      • Going to make this and freeze for a road trip we have coming up. Will be staying at air bnbs two nights each way. Trying to stay healthy and keep costs down.

        • Awesome! This comes with us on many road trips, as it’s such an easy heat-and-eat option. Good for you and hope it supported your travels well!

  11. We’ve made chili and my kids LOVE the Chick fil A nuggets!!! On the menu for tonight!

    • Hooray, I’m happy your family loved those recipes. Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    This recipe was super easy, super delicious and a HUGE hit with the whole family. Kids (7, 5, and 3) each had seconds and some had thirds! Thanks for another family hit, Autumn! We will definitely be keeping this in the rotation.

    • WAHOO! I love that it was a family win all around. Thank you!

  13. 5 stars
    Family favorite!!!
    Thank you for all of your family friendly recipes!

    • I’m so happy this is a hit with your family. Thank you!

  14. 5 stars
    Thank you for this awesome recipe and so many others that have become family favorites in our home. You are just such an inspiration and I love following your instagram posts. I have learned so much from you and I just wanted to say Thank You. Our family is healthier and I am more organized! You are the BEST!

    • Why thank you so much, I’m so happy what I share here has benefitted your family. That makes my heart so happy!

  15. 5 stars
    Soooo yummy and so easy!! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

    • Hooray! I love a delicious easy option, so happy it was that for you!

  16. 5 stars
    Love this chili! My hubby and I are new to the InstantPot and this was such an awesome easy introductory recipe that was so tasty!

    • Way to break in that Instant Pot! Thrilled this was an easy win for you!


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