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Fast and Easy Whole30 Crock-Pot Recipes: Chili

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The premise that whole and natural foods are healthier is hard to deny. The Whole30 Diet is a 30-day eating plan that focuses on foods in their natural state, avoiding processed food products. Making easy Whole30 Crock-Pot recipes like this chili variation will put dinner on the table without a fuss.

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Fast and Easy Whole30 Crock-Pot Recipes: Chili
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup organic olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 1 medium onion (diced finely)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat

Directions

  1. Pour broth, spices and olive oil into the Crock-Pot. Mix the ingredients well.
  2. Add the peppers, onion, garlic and beef to the Crock-Pot and mix again.
  3. Set the Crock-Pot to high and cook for six hours, or set it to low and cook for eight hours.
  4. Stir and serve the chili immediately

Add or substitute ingredients to create a variety of different chili Crock-Pot recipes. Instead of beef, use two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks. Substituting two pounds of diced pork tenderloin is another option. Using organic and grass fed meat and organic poultry is ideal for the Whole30 plan. If this meat or poultry is unavailable, remove any skin and trim away as much fat as possible before cooking. Garlic lovers could increase the amount of garlic to six cloves. Anyone who prefers chili with more heat could add one pound of Anaheim chilies, seeded and diced. The chili could have more of a tomato base by adding two pounds of seeded, peeled and crushed Roma tomatoes. Adding one or two shredded zucchinis would give the chili some additional nutrition and thickness.

The Whole30 Diet strictly eliminates grains and dairy for 30 days, because these food groups can be inflammatory for many people. During the 30-day period, the body is given a chance to reset and heal. After the elimination period ends, people following the Whole30 plan may relax some of the restrictions. However, continuing to focus food choices on whole foods that are naturally inflammatory is recommended for the long term.

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