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21 Comforting AIP Chili Recipes

Louise Hendon | February 7

If you have been following AIP for a while, you might be feeling that you are missing out on comfort foods like chili, but fear not! I bring you a whole list of recipes to bring that comforting feeling back!

Let me share with you my list of AIP Chili recipes to give you inspiration but without using nightshades! Some of the recipes include non-AIP ingredients, but these are clearly marked so you know what to avoid.

Whether you like white chili or the more traditional beef ones, there is something here for you to enjoy without risking any gut health or allergy issues.

Here are just a few of the AIP Chili Recipes we’ve included:

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Turkey AIP Chilis

Turkey Chili

– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: sea salt, turmeric, oregano, garlic, cinnamon, extra-virgin olive oil, ground turkey, onion, carrot, celery, chicken stock, pumpkin purée, zucchini, lemon juice, green onion, cilantro (optional), avocado (optional).

If you are used to beef-based chili full of tomato and beans then this type may look quite different, but let me assure you that the combination of flavors and textures is great! You have the easily digested turkey meat and extra fiber from the pumpkin and this would be a tasty and satisfying dish to help use up leftover turkey from Christmas.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

– Zhou Nutrition

Ingredients: cooking fat, onion, ground turkey, chicken stock or bone broth, pumpkin puree, zucchini, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, cinnamon.

Pumpkin can be a very useful fall vegetable to add to a chili as it is cheap and can make the meat go further. It is a good source of vitamin C and is full of fiber and partnered with the ground turkey, it makes a delicious chili to keep you going through the day, or to fill you up on a cold winter night. This chili would be ideal to take in a container and heat at work for lunch. If you find it difficult to get pumpkin, you could use butternut squash instead.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

– Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Ingredients: ground turkey, red onion, zucchini, garlic, sea salt, dried oregano, ginger, bone broth, sweet potatoes.

Although this is strictly not a chili recipe, it still has all the satisfaction of the traditional comfort food just without the heat. You get a warming sensation from the ginger and this would be a lovely filling meal to serve on a cold winter night. You have all the goodness from the vegetables and the meaty turkey and with just the right amount of seasoning to bring out the flavors.

Nightshade-Free Chili Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

– Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Ingredients: red onion, carrots, yam or orange sweet potato, avocado oil, sea salt, garlic powder, garlic, pureed pumpkin, beets, ground turkey or chicken, yellow onion, leek, mushroom, beef or chicken broth, parsnips, white sweet potato, turmeric, onion powder, cinnamon, ginger, sage, sweet potatoes (optional), green onions (optional).

Because this does not actually have chili in it, this dish would be perfect for the non-spice lovers in the family or for someone on AIP, yet it is packed with flavor and is a warming, comforting and filling meal. Although this recipe calls for ground beef you could also use ground turkey or chicken instead. This chili can also be served in a bowl and eaten as it is with a spoon.

Beef AIP Chilis

AIP Carrot and Sweet Potato “Chili”

– Autoimmune Wellness

AIP Chili Recipes

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: cooking fat, onion, fresh thyme, carrots, sweet potatoes, bone broth, sea salt, ground beef, avocados, cilantro.

This chili has more of the traditional look about it even though it contains no nightshades and takes quite a short length of time to make. Again with this recipe you could substitute ground turkey instead of beef and if you don’t like sweet potatoes you can swap them for your favorite squash, just reduce the cooking time slightly. This chili keeps well in the fridge or freezer so is great for batch-cooking.

Magic “Chili”

– Autoimmune Wellness

AIP Chili Recipes

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Ingredients: cooking fat, onion, garlic, bone broth, parsnips, carrots, beet, fresh oregano, onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder, cinnamon, ground beef, parsley.

The ‘magic’ of this chili is that it uses grated beets to give a more authentic color and I must admit it really works! You have the warming feeling from the cinnamon and the satisfaction of a bowl of hearty chili to ward off the chills, especially in the winter. I also found this was the best recipe to use to encourage children to eat healthy chili as the look of it can be so convincing!

Smoky AIP Chili

– Adventures in Partaking

Ingredients: garlic, mushrooms, olive oil, bacon, dried sage, dried oregano, carob powder, balsamic vinegar, dried ginger, fresh ginger, cinnamon powder, sea salt, radishes, carrots, bone broth, beef, onion, sweet potato, mushrooms, cilantro, spring onions, avocado, plantain chips.

This might look like a complicated recipe but it is actually quite straightforward, so don’t let that put you off or you might miss out on a lovely meal! This dish can be served with plantain chips, with sliced avocado or simply sprinkled with fresh cilantro for a great hint of freshness. This recipe also uses carob powder – don’t worry, it doesn’t taste of chocolate – it is simply there to boost the overall flavor!

30 Minute AIP Paleo Pumpkin Chili

– Adventures of a Sick Chick

Ingredients: ground beef, pumpkin, carrots, coconut oil, onion, garlic, bone broth, honey (optional), apple cider vinegar (optional), garlic powder, cinnamon, dried oregano, turmeric, cloves, sea salt, spinach.

Here is a great recipe to help you in the fall when there are so many pumpkins! This is a hearty meal that is bound to satisfy on a cold day and because there are no nightshades in it at all, this dish is family-friendly for even the spice-haters amongst us! Like all chili dishes, the flavor is boosted by adding a little sweetness and a sour note from the vinegar, but if you don’t want to add the honey then leave it out.

AIP Instant Pot Chili

– Unbound Wellness

Ingredients: ground beef, garlic, sweet potato, beet, carrots, onion, sea salt, dried oregano, bone broth, cilantro (optional), avocado (optional).

Here is another recipe that uses beets to give the more traditional look to the chili, and although there is no spice used here, it is still reminiscent of comfort food and will serve to satisfy you on a colder day. If you are feeding this to younger members of the family you might want to grate the beets and chop the vegetables finely to give the dish fewer lumps yet still get them eating healthy.

Paleo Pumpkin Chili

– Strictly Delicious

Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, garlic cloves, ground beef, pumpkin, acorn squash, beef broth, pumpkin puree, beets, rosemary salt, apple cider vinegar, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, cilantro.

In the fall when pumpkin is readily available, this recipe comes to the rescue of anyone catering on a budget, as the veggies can make the beef go a bit further. This is a great dish for students as it is quick and easy to make and can be frozen if you are batch-cooking for a few meals. If you are dairy-free you can top the chili with cilantro or a few chopped green onions instead of the cheese.

Tomato-Less “Chili”

– Salixisme

Ingredients: onions, garlic, ground beef, bone broth, carrots, rutabaga, beets, dried oregano, dried thyme, onion powder, ginger, garlic powder, cinnamon, cloves, sea salt, tapioca flour (optional), guacamole.

Don’t you just love slow cooker recipes? Just throw together a handful of ingredients, set it up and dinner is ready and waiting when you get home! This recipe is so close to the traditional ones that even the kids could be fooled. This dish can be served with avocado slices, topped with green onion pieces or ladled over cauliflower rice.

Three Squash Beef Chili

– Don’t Eat the Spatula

Ingredients: butternut squash, acorn squash, extra virgin olive oil, ground beef, onion, pumpkin puree, cinnamon stick, cloves, garlic powder, thyme, savory, sage, ginger, turmeric, bone broth.

I often say that we eat with our eyes as well as our mouth and this dish is one of those opportunities! It even looks warming, filling and satisfying with the thick saucy texture and would be a great way to feed the whole family. You get a lovely warmth from the cinnamon, but please remember to remove it from the pot before serving!

Creamy Cranberry Beef Chili

– Beyond the Bite

Ingredients: marrow stock, ground beef, leeks, cranberries, sweet potato, parsnip, ginger, maple sugar, sea salt.

It may seem rather strange to add fruit to a chili dish, but trust me, it’s worth it! You end up with a dish that has fresh notes of cranberry in a lovely creamy sauce that has a richness from the maple sugar. This is a hearty meal on its own and could even be used as an alternative celebration meal for Christmas time. This recipe would work well with ground turkey instead of beef.

AIP Chili

– Sweat Nation

Ingredients: cooking fat, onion, garlic, bone broth, parsnips, carrots, beet, fresh oregano, onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder, cinnamon, ground beef, parsley.

Chili can be a very useful dish to make, especially if you have a lot of mouths to feed, as you can add in extra veggies to make the meat go further yet still produce a hearty and satisfying meal for everyone to enjoy. This recipe has a chunkier texture and the beets give it a rich color. If you want to introduce more vitamins and minerals you could add in some liver as well as the beef.

Pineapple Chili

– A Clean Plate

Ingredients: carrots, garlic, beets, onions, pineapples, ground beef, tomato-less sauce, cinnamon, ginger, dried oregano, turmeric, sea salt, bacon.

This chili is an explosion of flavors in your mouth! You have a bit of sweetness from the pineapple to contrast with the beef and spices and the lovely texture of crisped bacon on the top. Never added fruit to a chili? Well now is the perfect chance to try it! This chili dish is a family favorite in our house – even kids enjoy it, either on its own or served with some cauliflower rice.

Nightshade-Free Instant Pot Chili

– Grazed & Enthused

AIP Chili Recipes

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Ingredients: white onion or leeks, green plantain, turnips, sweet potatoes, dried oregano, dried thyme, sea salt, garlic powder, cinnamon, bone broth, pumpkin puree, ground beef, lime juice, cilantro, green onions, fish sauce, avocado.

This chili has hints of Eastern cuisine thanks to the fish sauce and lime juice, and served with chopped avocado to complement the textures, this chili makes a healthy meal that can be frozen in portions for future meals. If you are adding leeks, try to only use the white and pale green parts as the darker part can be bitter.

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Chicken AIP Chilis

Instant Pot Cilantro Chicken Chili

– Grazed & Enthused

AIP Chili Recipes

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: rutabaga or celery root, green plantains, red onion, chicken breast, bone broth, lemon or lime juice, dried oregano, dried basil, dried cilantro, sea salt, fresh cilantro, avocado, green onion, plantain chips.

If you have an Instant Pot you can have this chili ready to eat in only a few minutes, making it a quick and easy meal for dinner after a busy day. Cilantro and chicken go so well together and are a classic combination that sits well with the herbs added to this dish. This recipe would also work well with pork or turkey. To serve this meal simply top the bowl of chili with diced red onion for a bit of crunch!

White Chicken Chili

– The Emancipated Epicure

Ingredients: chicken breast, zucchini, plantain, onion, garlic, celery, bone broth, coconut milk, cilantro, lime juice, coconut oil, pink salt or sea salt, ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, ground cinnamon.

This recipe gives you a totally different slant on chili as it is creamy in texture but still packed with flavor. This would be a great idea for using up leftover chicken from a roast dinner or you could use cheaper cuts like thighs to keep the cost down. Top with a little-chopped cilantro for extra freshness and don’t forget the lime wedges for a zesty addition to this wonderful creamy dish.

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

– Feasting on Joy

AIP Chili Recipes

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Ingredients: chicken breasts, white yam, celery, carrots, yellow onion, garlic, garlic powder, dried oregano, sea salt, coconut milk, chicken broth, avocados, green onions.

This recipe is adaptable as it can be cooked in an Instant Pot or you can use a slow cooker which can intensify the flavors without losing any of the goodness. White chili is a great way to use up chicken breast – even frozen ones – and this is a delicious alternative to using beef in chili. The recipe clearly shows which ingredients to omit to make the chili AIP-friendly so you can still enjoy this tasty dish.

White Chicken “Chili”

– Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Ingredients: chicken breasts, bone broth, sea salt, onion, garlic, ginger, rutabaga, coconut milk, arrowroot powder, green onions, avocado.

Here is another recipe that gives a rich and creamy chicken chili to satisfy on a cold night. It has a real ‘comfort food’ feel to it and has the warming sensation from the ginger. The creaminess comes from the coconut milk and some arrowroot to thicken the dish so you don’t need to serve it with anything else – just top with some chopped green onions for freshness and it’s done!

Sweet Potato Chili

– A Clean Plate

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, onions, chicken, broth, tomato-less sauce, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, dried oregano, coconut oil, sea salt, avocados.

Here is another dish that is so pleasing to the eye that you just know it’s going to taste great! It makes you think of cold nights when all you need is a steaming bowl of delicious chili to warm you. The warming feeling comes from the cinnamon and ginger, both of which have a load of health benefits as well as giving fantastic flavors to the chili. Serve with avocado or some chopped green onions on top.