The idea of going Paleo can seem daunting at first, especially if you're new to the clean eating movement. Known as the "caveman diet," this stripped-down approach to nutritious eating consists of consuming meat, fish, leafy greens, veggies, nuts, and seeds—essentially, only foods that people during Paleolithic times could hunt and gather. Thankfully, we can reap the benefits of modern-day technology while still eating clean like our cave-dwelling ancestors, which is why we've rounded up the best Paleo crockpot recipes.
We already know that nixing dairy and junk food from our diets is one of the simplest ways to detox and lose weight, which is why the Paleo lifestyle offers a host of health benefits. But just like any other diet that cuts out processed (and easily accessible) foods, it can be easy to fall into a culinary rut and revert back to bad habits, especially when you don't have time to cook for hours.
All you need to do is chop and prep your ingredients: These appetite-pleasing Paleo crockpot recipes will cook themselves and keep you full.
Crockpot Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Crockpot Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Enchilada sauce, which Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest uses to give this traditional Mexican soup an even zestier kick. There are plenty of Paleo-friendly canned versions, or you can whip up this Paleo-approved sauce.
The Pro Tip: Although the recipe calls for tortilla chips, cheese, and rice, you can easily make this Mexican dish Paleo-friendly by substituting the chips with any Paleo alternative on the market (or try making this homemade option), swapping the grains for cauliflower rice, and omitting the dairy.
Squeaky-Clean Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
The Recipe: Squeaky-Clean Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
The Hero Ingredient: The onion, garlic, fresh sprigs of rosemary, and bay leaves. Combined with the savory meat juices, these classic ingredients infuse this dish with hearty flavors.
The Pro Tip: Unless you're abiding by the Whole30 program, you'll have to forgo the red wine vinegar and the Dijon mustard that's called for in this recipe if you're dedicated to eating Paleo. For those who are taking a more lenient approach, it's worth noting that some Paleolithic diet enthusiasts consider mustard and vinegar as "gray area" ingredients.
Crockpot Hawaiian Pizza
The Recipe: Crockpot Hawaiian Pizza
The Hero Ingredient: The vitamin C–rich pineapple adds a sweet kick that complements the lean Canadian bacon in this dough-free pizza recipe.
The Pro Tip: Don't have Canadian bacon on hand? You can easily substitute it with regular ham instead.
What are your go-to quickie Paleo crockpot recipes? Share your favorites in the comments.