Nom Nom Paleo + Whole30 by Michelle Tam

If you’re feeling grouchy, I get it. You miss pasta. And toast. And diet soda. And chips. And milk in your coffee. And you kind of want to punch somebody. I hear you, and I’ve been there. I didn’t punch anyone, though, because like Ringo Starr, I believe in PEACE AND LOVE, PEACE AND LOVE.

Still, if you’re down in the dumps, I have a feeling I can turn that frown upside down with this Whole30 Day 3 recipe: Instant Pot Ground Beef Chili!

Whole30 Day 3: Ground Beef Chili by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

This is probably my all-time favorite easy chili recipe, using commonplace ingredients that are usually already in my kitchen. The flavors I can coax out of this dish, though, are anything but common.


I get high-fives from my family whenever I make this rich, meaty concoction, and it’s a breeze to make, too—especially if you have an Instant Pot. In fact, my original recipe calls for an Instant Pot, and you can check it out here.

Whole30 Day 3: Ground Beef Chili by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

No Instant Pot? No problem. You can just make it on the stove or in a slow cooker!


To make my Ground Beef Chili on the stovetop, just follow the same instructions as presented in my Instant Pot Ground Beef Chili recipe, EXCEPT:

  • Instead of using ½ cup chicken broth or bone broth, use 1 cup; and
  • Instead of cooking it under pressure, simmer it in a partially-covered stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat for 1 hour or until the flavors meld.

Whole30 Day 3: Ground Beef Chili by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo


Prefer to make it in a slow cooker? Then refer to the instructions in my Instant Pot Ground Beef Chili Recipe, EXCEPT:

  • Do all the sautéing in a pot on the stove before transferring everything to the slow cooker.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 6-8 hours.

Whole30 Day 3: Ground Beef Chili by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

No matter what method you choose, I recommend making extra if you can. That way, you’ll have plenty to freeze or refrigerate for later. After all, you never know when you’ll need some emergency food, and this Ground Beef Chili is perfect for topping spaghetti squash or stuffing into an omelet!

Go get the step-by-step recipe here!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Whole30 recipe—an easy and delicious recipe from our new cookbook, Ready or Not!, that uses the All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce I told you to make in the More Whole30 Prep: Flavor Boosters post!

A note to my Nomsters: This is one of a series of daily blog posts I’m writing in the month of January 2018 to help those doing a Whole30 to kick off the New Year. Not sure what the Whole30 is, or want info on how to get started? Read my Whole30 prep post—and then come back to Nom Nom Paleo every single day for recipes to inspire, delight, and sustain you on your Whole30!

And remember: Throughout January 2018, I’m partnering with Whole Foods Market nationwide! In all Whole Foods Market stores, you’ll find my personally curated Nom Nom Paleo Picks on the shelves, a rotating menu of ready-to-eat Nom Nom Paleo dishes in the hot bar, and even my famous Magic Mushroom Powder available for sale!

Nom Nom Paleo X Whole Foods Market by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

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About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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  1. This was so good! Until this recipe I had yet to find a paleo/Whole30 chili that I actually liked. This was perfection and the flavors were amazing! Day 3 of the Whole30 in the books!

  2. AMAZING CHILI! I love this recipe, Michelle!!! And congrats on the national Whole Foods partnership — I can’t wait to see your stuff!

  3. If I’m using a slow cooker, am I sautéing everything in a pan until I reach the part where you change the setting on the instant pot? So up until I’m mixing the tomatoes in? Or is it just the veggies that get sauteed and then I can throw everything into the slow cooker and mix it together and set it?

  4. Good chili. Of course I added more garlic. More cumin. More spices all the way around. Next batch, and there will be another batch, I am going to at least double the amount of red/yellow/orange peppers, diced tomatoes and onions. Wow this is three days in a row with your wonderful paleo recipes. On a roll! [made mine in an InstantPot]

  5. I made this last night to have for dinner tonight. It tasted so good, I had to have a taste. I can’t wait to go home and have dinner tonight! I added extra onion and bell pepper, next time I will add even more. I did the stove top method.

  6. This was so incredibly wonderful! I had no idea beanless chili could be so delicious. It made this day the best day of my Whole 30 so far. Thank you!