Whole30 No Bean Chili

You'll love this Whole30 approved no bean chili full of fresh veggies and lean protein! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Confession time: I restarted the Whole30 this week. My heart just wasn’t in it last week, I ate things I shouldn’t have, and I knew that I needed a fresh start. This week is so far MUCH better, I’m prepared, have lots of “emergency snacks” on hand, and determination to stick to my plan. It’s all about preparation and lots and lots of willpower. ;) I’m still working on getting my daily workouts into a habit, but we’ll get there! Eventually… 

For lunches this week I made this amazing Whole30 approved no bean chili that absolutely hits the spot. We’ve been having cooler mornings lately so I’m officially in fall mode and chili was first to come to mind when meal planning for the week. Not only is it super easy to make, but it’s delicious AND a great way to get in lots of veggies and protein in one bowl. 

You'll love this Whole30 approved no bean chili full of fresh veggies and lean protein! | read more at happilythehicks.com

It’s really not that hard to make your chili Whole30 approved, which is something I love! All I really did was leave out the beans, check my labels, and I was good to go. This chili is a little different from one of my go-to chili recipes, because I used lots of fresh veggies to have a lighter, brighter version (since it’s practically still summer here in Texas, no matter how cool the mornings are). It’s a great way to still enjoy the fresh produce, while bringing in one of my favorite fall & winter staples. 

For this recipe I used fresh tomatoes, bell peppers and onion, which gave some delicious flavors to the chili and a freshness I loved! That, paired with some grass-fed beef from my in-law’s (have I ever mentioned they live on a farm and raise cows?) and delicious spices made for an amazing end-of-summer Whole30 approved no bean chili that you’ll love. 

You'll love this Whole30 approved no bean chili full of fresh veggies and lean protein! | read more at happilythehicks.com

On my menu this week:
Breakfast: Butternut Squash Rounds with Fried Eggs and Kale
AM Snack: fruit and nuts
Lunch: Whole30 No Bean Chili
PM Snack: Sweet Potato Chicken “Nachos” with Guacamole
Salmon with asparagus and zucchini
Cashew Cream Beef Stroganoff with Squash Noodles
Peruvian Style Chicken (from Against All Grain Meals Made Simple)
Chicken and Veggie Soup – without the rice!

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Whole30 No Bean Chili



  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (I used one green, one yellow)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt & pepper


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until fragrant and soft, about 7-10 minutes. Add the bell peppers and cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef, and cook until most of the red is gone.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and paste. Mix it all together!
  4. Mix in the spices and let the chili simmer on medium low for at LEAST 30 minutes.
  5. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to a week.

Now it’s’ your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Do you also love chili once the weather gets cooler?
What are your favorite ways to make a recipe healthier?

You'll love this Whole30 approved no bean chili full of fresh veggies and lean protein! | read more at happilythehicks.com

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  1. Harmony at Momma To Go

    September 13th, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Ive been so curious about whole 30 although I am a vegetarian. Def need to encorporate more veggies (and less carbs) into my diet. my hubby would like this. he loves a reall meat chili, less beans!

  2. Candy Kage

    September 13th, 2017 at 6:46 am

    We like to use beans and less meat in our chili. Your recipe looks good and will give it a try to see what the family thinks.

  3. Sarah Jean

    September 13th, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Yum!! I just love homemade chili. I’m working on a recipe with hidden vegetables (hidden from my husband!) haha

  4. Cara Owens-Kindly Unspoken

    September 13th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    This looks amazing and so flavorful! Homemade chili is one of my go-to’s in the fall months!

  5. Amanda | The Light Owl

    September 13th, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    This sounds so tasty! Every year at my work, we do a chili cookoff. This sounds super tasty. I’d love to use it for my submission this year!

  6. Megan | LoveFamilyHealth

    September 13th, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    This look amazing! I will have to try this! I wouldn’t mind chili with no beans!

  7. Jenna Urben

    September 19th, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Yum :) I love that there’s no beans, but nothing’s missing! I eat beans way too much so sometimes I need to cut them somewhere.

  8. Ruby Dickerson

    February 5th, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I put zucchini (grated) in my no bean chili.

  9. Happily the Hicks

    February 5th, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Oh yum! That is a great idea. I need to try that next time I make chili!

I'm becca, and I'm so glad you're here.

I'm a sinner saved by grace who loves staying active and eating healthy. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Isaac, and I'm mama to James and an adorable puppy named Lillie.

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