How to make grain-free white bean chili

I don’t know why it took me so long to share how to make grain-free white bean chili. After all, I only make this chili for my family every other week.

It is one of our staples and crowd-pleasers, a soup to stretch for a couple of days of main meals…if mom is short on cooking time (as when preparing for the next GAPS CLASS)

It is a great soup for Full GAPS and is included in the recipes included in Module 5 of the GAPS Class, which is all about Full GAPS. By the way, if you are considering the GAPS Class, we’ll be sharing lots of great recipes for all stages of GAPS, including Intro GAPS, so you’ll have ideas for what to eat, and when.

We enjoy this grain-free White Bean Chili with avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and a drizzle of olive oil.

I hope you like it as much as we do!

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Grain Free White Bean Chili {Gluten Free, GAPS friendly}

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  • Author: Melanie Christner - Honest Body
  • Category: Soup


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork (substitutions can be ground beef, or even better, pork sausage!)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder (or 4 fresh cloves)
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk (full fat & preferably BPA free)
  • 1 7 oz jar of tomato paste (I use Bionaturae)
  • 1 24 oz jar of strained tomatoes (I use Bionaturae)
  • 4 cups of cooked white beans (1 lb beans soaked overnight and then cooked until just soft)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon or cayenne (more if you like heat)
  • Optional toppings: diced avocado, shredded cheddar or jack cheese, sour cream


  1. Brown the meat with the diced onion
  2. Add EVERYTHING else and simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes
  3. This chili is very forgiving…feel free to add more liquid if you want to stretch it farther the next day for leftovers, or add less spice, more spice, etc.
  4. Fills an 8 qt. stockpot


11 thoughts on “How To Make Grain-Free White Bean Chili {Gluten Free, GAPS friendly}”

    1. Melanie Christner

      Hi Nicole,
      If you hover over the picture you should see a Pin-It button! Let me know if that doesn’t work.

      Thank you,

  1. It’s not working for me but I’m usually on a mobile device… Does that make a difference? Thanks for your help!

  2. Melanie,
    When I return from a trip to Michigan/Wisconsin in early Oct., I will begin the GAPS diet. I am hopeful it will help me with the brain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, autoimmune, constipation, ( take a breath! ) and other issues I’ve had for a number of years. Your Youtube work and your site, Honest Body, has been so helpful in preparing for this. Thank you so much.
    Question: What type of sausage is okay for the diet. Is it organic from stores like Whole Foods? I didn’t think the regular, processed sausage was a good thing. Have a great trip with your family! Mark Hays, Utah

  3. I was really nervous about using coconut milk in chili, but it turned out great. I have made it a few times since initially trying it. My family loves it – and it is a good way to get extra bone broth into our diet.

    1. Hello, Tia,

      Thank you for commenting…and yes, the coconut milk actually “makes” the chili 🙂 I am glad your family likes the chili so much.


  4. This is delicious! I used 35% organic grass fed cream instead of coconut milk as my son is allergic. Turned out great.

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