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Chili…..It’s always a crowd pleaser on a cold day. This one was modified from a recipe Robb Wolf shared on his blog. It turned out really delicious and it was pretty quick to make. You can eat it as is, over a grass-fed hot dog, over spaghetti squash or like we did over pan roasted spiced sweet potatoes!!

Serves 4 or more depending on how hungry you are and whether you are eating it alone or with/over something else. It goes a long way when eaten with the sweet potatoes. As always grass-fed and organic ingredients is best.

  • 2 lbs ground beef, (we used 85% lean ground chuck)
  • 2 bell peppers chopped
  • 1 small yellow or sweet onion chopped
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can of diced or stewed tomatoes (optional if you like a more tomato-y flavor)
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder (yes you can use the equivalent fresh garlic)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder (if you don’t like spicy you can sub paprika instead or what the heck add paprika for that extra smokiness and bright color.)
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • water (fill up your tomato paste can twice, that should be enough
  • 1 tbsp or so coconut oil (to cook peppers and onion you can also use butter or olive oil)

Start by adding your coconut oil (or other fat) to a very large deep skillet or pot large enough to accommodate 2 lbs of ground beef over medium/medium high heat

Add the chopped peppers and onion and sauté until they begin to soften. Next add in the ground beef using a spatula or wooden spoon type of utensil to break the meat up as it browns. While the meat is browning add in all your spices (These measurements are suggestions, feel free to taste once everything is added to decide if you like things smokier or spicier or saltier.)

Once the spices are incorporated add in the tomato paste and stir to combine, then add the water. Let everything simmer for about 5-10 minutes to met the water and tomato paste absorb into the meat. If you want to add the diced tomatoes do it here. Again, as always, I suggest you check for seasoning according to your taste. Paprika will add smokiness, Chipotle powder will add both heat and smokiness, cayenne will add heat, etc.

Voila! You’re done, prep time shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes to prep your veggies. Cook time maybe 20-30 minutes depending on how long you like to let your chili cook. You can let it simmer longer if you want to but it isn’t necessary.

Other additions to consider are additional veggies like chopped carrots, mushrooms, jalapeño if you like extra spice, green beans, celery……the list is endless. I would add these in with the green pepper and onion step.

You can eat it as is like my son Matthew did. I added raw chopped red onion and avocado to mine.

Now, we wanted some extra carbs for this since we just finished a work out.  So we chopped up a big sweet potato into bite sized pieces, then threw them into a sauté pan with some coconut oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cinnamon and chipotle powder. Literally just a generous sprinkle of each. (basically all the same spices in the chili with cinnamon added.)

I can’t tell you how YUMMY it turned out. Stick to your ribs satisfying and I have no doubt the leftovers will be even better!

BTW: This spice mix works well for tacos, any sort slow cooker pulled pork, beef or chicken too.





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6 Responses to “Quick, Easy, Yummy Paleo Chili”

  1. TJ says:

    If you want to try something a bit different I highly recommend this recipe. I made a huge pot for our Super Bowl party and it was a big hit. The cocoa powder gives it a unique taste and I added 1 tsp of cinnamon as well.


  2. Diana says:

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I cannot wait to try it! Wish I had seen it before making Paleo meatloaf.

  3. Sara says:

    This was literally the best chili I’ev ever made! Its just me and my husband and I think I’ll have to double the recipe next time because it was so good!

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