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Simple Paleo Crock Pot Chili

Did your kids go back to school today? My 3 year old (in 2 weeks, she’ll be FOUR!) goes back tomorrow. She doesn’t have school on mondays. Ever. She goes to a waldorf school. It’s a little on the hippy side… I’m ok with that. She loves it.

I never thought I’d be one of those parents. You know, the ones who are excited that their kids are in school. But… I am. I gotta say… It’s pretty nice to just have one kid for a few hours – it’s amazing how much I can get done in the 4 hours that Taevia is in school! If she didn’t enjoy it so much and have so much fun while she was there, I might feel a little guilty about my excitement… but she does really love it. So… no guilt here. 😉

But I know a lot of kids went back to school today, so I thought I would post another crock pot dinner recipe – to make this week easier! I’m also testing out another dinner recipe for you today… but you’ll see that one later. Well… if it’s any good. Some recipes don’t make it here, for a very good reason!

But this one did make it – also for a very good reason! It’s tasty.

Simple Paleo Chili


  • 2 lbs cooked grassfed hamburger
  • 2 cups diced/chopped carrots
  • 2 cups diced/chopped celery
  • 1 small-medium onion chopped small
  • 1 can/jar tomatoes with the water
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2-1 tsp red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup bone broth/broth of whatever kind you’d like but bone broth is definitely the most nutritious!
  • 1 tsp gelatin


You have to cook and chop the hamburger to pea sized pieces, don’t worry if there are bigger chunks – it still tastes good! The hamburger has to be fully cooked before going into the crock pot.

Chop all veggies to your liking

Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT the 1 tsp gelatin in the crock pot and mix well. I repeat – DO NOT put gelatin in the crock pot. You will do this when everything is done cooking.

Place crock pot on low for 6-8 hours. And the good thing about this recipe – because the hamburger is already cooked – theoretically, you can really eat this one whenever you want. The veggies are the ones being cooked, although the meat softens and soaks up the juices and flavors. So my recommendation is to cook for 6-8 hours.

About 10 minutes before you’re ready to eat, sprinkle in the 1 tsp gelatin and mix well. This will thicken up your chili a bit.

Ladle into bowls and eat up!

Hopefully this will make your week of adjusting back to school or work easier or just helpful in making dinner time less stressful!


Ha! I just realized we ate it too fast to even snap a picture! I guess I’ll have to make it again and add the picture later. That should be proof that it is delicious!


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