Healthy Thai Curry Chili for Your Slow Cooker


I know that some of you are dealing with ridiculously low temperatures right now. And even in warmer climates, people are commenting on the chill in the air. So I wanted to share this comforting, easy, flavorful, and nutritious recipe for dairy-free Thai Curry Chili. It’s a simple slow cooker recipe that will fill your home with a wonderful warm scent. And it optionally uses pantry ingredients so that you don’t have to go to the store in that freezing weather!

Healthy Thai Curry Chili Recipe for Your Slow Cooker - naturally dairy-free with gluten-free, plant-based, nut-free, soy-free, and paleo options

Healthy Thai Curry Chili for a Simple Slow Cooker Meal

This is a very straight-forward crockpot or even Instant pot recipe that can be made even easier.

In the original recipe, they use a 14-ounce can of potatoes and a 14-ounce can of carrots for convenience. We prefer to use fresh, but if you opt for canned stir them in near the end, with the chickpeas. They are pre-cooked, and will turn to mush if you add them in the beginning.

It’s also a versatile weeknight dinner or weekend lunch for watching football or other sports.

I’ve included special diet options for plant-based, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and even paleo. These should cover almost everyone’s needs. But you can also swap the vegetables based on what you have on hand. Parsnips, bell peppers, green beans, or zucchini are just a few options that could be delicious in this Thai curry chili.

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Special Diet Notes: Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chili

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, optionally peanut-free, and optionally soy-free.

For vegan and vegetarian Thai Curry Chili, omit the chicken and add 1 more can of chickpeas, or a block of diced tempeh. Substitute vegan “fish” sauce.

For paleo Thai Curry Chili, substitute sweet potatoes for the potatoes, omit the chickpeas, and use the peanut-free options. You can omit the brown rice, or substitute cauliflower rice or quinoa, if that fits with your paleo diet.

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chili
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This delicious "cantry" recipe is perfect for cold winter nights or weekend gatherings.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 1 pound potatoes, cubed (see below for Canned Option)
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced (see below for Canned Option)
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans white premium chunk chicken breast, drained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained but juice reserved
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (can sub sunflower seed butter for peanut-free)
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or gluten-free tamari (can sub coconut aminos for soy-free)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 to 6 cups cooked brown rice
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • Salted peanuts, for garnish (optional; omit for peanut-free)
  1. Grease your slow cooker. Add the potatoes, carrots, chicken, tomatoes, coconut milk, peanut butter, onion, garlic, red curry, soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce, and ginger. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover your slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. If it gets too thick, add reserved tomato juice as needed. If it gets too thin, let it bubble uncovered until slightly thickened.
  3. Uncover and stir in chickpeas, lime juice, and salt.
  4. Serve on top of brown rice, and garnish with cilantro and peanuts, if desired.
Canned Option: Substitute 1 (14-ounce) can of potatoes and 1 (14-ounce) can of carrots, but stir them in near the end, with the chickpeas.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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