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Instant Pot Recipes: Tomato Free Chili (paleo too)

Life in the van calls for a LOT of instant pot tomato free chili since it’s so easy and stores well! Since I tried the AIP and felt like a million bucks, I mostly stick with that lifestyle and avoid tomatoes. Make it yours but the fact that his recipe doesn’t contain tomatoes shocked my husband… he asked “Ash, I thought you weren’t eating tomatoes anymore cause they make you feel like crap?”. The smoked paprika does the trick! Enjoy.

instant pot tomato free chili with a paleo chili option

If you’re wondering what AIP is, here’s a post I wrote on it. Plus, I have an entire section on here dedicated to AIP approved recipes.

What you’ll need

Instant Pot

Cutting board & knife

Cooking fat (avocado oil, lard, tallow, ghee)

Onion & garlic

Organic grass-fed beef

Bone broth

Sweet potato


Seasonings: smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, sea salt, oregano

Optional: sprouted beans

instant pot tomato free chili

The science behind the ingredients

I’ve been trying to get in as many onions and garlic into my life as possible, especially lately with it being “flu season”. Which – by the way – exists only because in the winter the sun is not a frequent visitor and if it is, nobody is out in it. Anyways, onions are a fantastic source of quercetin and are highly antimicrobial. Quercetin is great for combatting high blood pressure, infection and inflammation since it’s such a potent antioxidant (flavonoid).

The reason behind high quality organic and pasture raised animal products goes beyond the buzz words or hipster vibes. It’s truly important and we need to consider the fact that what the animals eats.. we eat. If the animals stressed, we are eating stressed meat. When the animal is filled with infection due to foods rotting in their stomachs because they can’t be digested.. we are eating INFECTED meat. Here’s a post on the labels like grass-fed, organic, pasture-raised, farm fresh, natural and cage-free.

Food has come to be anonymous, mass produced and far from anything that our ancestors, well even our grandparents, grew up eating. We want buying food to be personal again, bring back the authentic original concept of nourishing flavorful meats. From the farm, just like it once was. Authentic by definition means just that – being genuine, of undisputed origin, accurate and reliable.

Farm Foods

Sourcing high quality ingredients

For the meat, I try to find a local farmer but if that isn’t an option, Farm Foods is an incredibly clean and high quality meat delivery service. They have all kinds of meat, broth, bones and other fun treats. Best of all, you are supporting an amazing family and their efforts to support regenerative agriculture. Check them out and order your first box! I’m super impressed with them.

If you don’t have any broth on hand, you can add filtered water and this bone broth powder that is a must-have in the pantry. It’s dehydrated bone broth that reconstitutes when you add it to the water. You can choose from beef or chicken!

Did you know that conventional meat and animal products contain hormones, antibiotics and superbugs.. that’s right! Just because a product says “doesn’t contain antibiotics”doesn’t mean much. The antibiotics used to treat infection caused by feeding them indigestible foods (like grains) leads to superbugs in their bodies that are PASSED ONTO US. YUCK! The bugs are resistant to antibiotics and are the reason we have so many nasty illnesses that are difficult to treat these days.

Not to mention, conventional animals are fed GMO feed, sewage sludge, pesticide sprayed crops and are so incredibly inhumanely treated. It’s not okay and whatever made us think it’s okay is terribly sick and wrong. We need to rethink our food system. Where do your food come from?

Instant Pot Tomato Free Chili (let’s make it!)

No Tomato Instant Pot Chili
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil, ghee, lard (high quality fat)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large organic sweet potato diced
  • 1 lb organic grass-fed beef
  • 2-4 cups bone broth
  • 4 cups organic spinach
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 cup sprouted beans OPTIONAL (tommy loves them, I do not)
  1. Chop all veggies so they are ready to go

  2. Turn Instant Pot to saute and add oil or fat of your choice

  3. Add onions and garlic and saute until they become translucent

  4. Once onions are translucent, add in the raw beef and brown it

  5. Once meat is browned, add remaining ingredients

  6. Add the lid, flip the valve to seal, hit chili (at 30 minutes) and walk away!

Paleo Instant Pot Chili with no tomatoes

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