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Frugal Frog Friday: Crockpot Paleo Chili

Happy Frugal Frog Friday



Today I am posting about a delicious, healthy, and frugal meal–probably one of my favorite meals ever–CHILI!  This chili can be quickly assembled and cooked in the slow cooker while you are at work or while you are enjoying your Saturday.  It tastes particularly good on these cold and rainy days that we have been having in Pennsylvania.

For all my non-Paleo readers, you can easily add a can of kidney or black beans if you like beans in your chili.  Instead of beans, I chopped up pieces of carrots and celery and they gave the consistency of beans (and boosted the veggie count!).  I like spicy chili so I add cayenne pepper; however, if you prefer a more mild flavor you can just leave it out!

While some may like shredded cheese on top, avocado is my topping of choice.  It adds a creamy flavor and provides a perfect counter to the SPICE of the chili.  Plus, you can’t go wrong with a nice dose of healthy fat!


Paleo Chili

1 tbsp olive oil

2 cups chopped onion ($.50)

1 lb lean ground beef ($4.92)

1) Saute onion and ground beef until the meat is cooked.  Pour it into a slow cooker.

2) Pour 2 (28oz cans) Crushed Tomatoes and 1 (6oz can) tomato sauce into the slow cooker over the meat. ($1.80)

3) Add 1 cup chopped celery and 1 cup chopped carrots ($.99)

4) Add spices:

2 tbsp Chili Powder

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Basil

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Ground Mustard

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

5) Mix all ingredients and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours

6) Garnish with avocado and love every single bite!

This meal cost less than $10 and serves 6–totally frugal frog and completely delicious!


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

14 responses »

  1. WELL – you know how I feel about both the slow cooker AND chili. I however like topping with my chili with avocado AND sour cream. Greedy much!!? HAve a great weekend dear!

  2. Yeah so this looks absolutely amazing :)) Love the frugal frog!!!

  3. YUM!!! Love how cheap, easy and paleo this recipe is!!! Loveee!

  4. Yum! I’m always on the lookout for new chilli recipes.

  5. interesting! i was curious how you made chili without paleo!! it still looks good.

  6. $10 to feed 6- that’s what I’m talking about!

  7. Love that this is soo cheap! And amazingly tasty I am sure! Thanks for the recipe sweet lady

  8. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    Your chili look really tasty and so easy to make! I love quick and cheap meals. 🙂

  9. looks amazing and affordable..two wins by me!

  10. We made this last night and it was yummmm! I did go overboard with spice though and it was really, really hot. Not one to share with the kids!

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  13. this is really good the only problem I have had is the carrots are not getting soft…any suggestions?

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