Monday, April 16, 2012

Paleo Chili

Paleo Chili

Do you like beans in your chili? If you're like my husband, you don't. It's plain and simple; beanless chili means the entire pot gone in 2 days. Chili with beans lasts a lifetime around here. AHH! In order to make my husband's tummy satisfied for quick lunches during the week, he asks me to make this chili recipe along with my paleo chicken "noodle" soup.
My prep time is like 2.2 seconds and the cook time is about 1 hour from start to finish. Your standing-around time may be 8-10 minutes. Not too bad for a quick, one-pot meal, huh?
Adapted recipe from The Clothes Make the Girl.
Ingredients:
2Tbsp cooking oil (I chose coconut oil or olive oil)
2lbs. ground beef (or ground meat of choice)
2Tbsp chili powder
2Tbsp cumin
1tsp oregano
1tsp allspice
1tsp salt
1 large white onion diced
4oz. tomato paste
28oz. crushed tomatoes
1cup water or enough liquid to cover the meat/sauce


Directions:
In a large pot, add hamburger meat and onions and cook through. Once thoroughly cooked, add the spice mixture and stir until combined. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 1-2 hours. I usually simmer 1 hour and it tastes great. (I can't wait too long when good food is cooking.)
Do not drain the liquid that's produced when the meal/onions cook. It's keeps the healthy fat in the dish and adds great flavor. Promise!
Spice Mixture
Give this recipe a try.. I promise, if you like beans, you won't miss them here and if you hate beans .. your tummy will thank you!


Eat and enjoy!

40 comments:

  1. Thanks for this recipe! I have a hard time finding simple (not too much time in the kitchen) recipes that my whole family (paleo me, omnivore husband, one picky,definitely non-paleo teenage son and one sort-of-interested-in-health-and-paleo teenage son. It's hard to find something that everyone is happy or at least willing to eat, but this is the first time in a while we've had raves all around!

    Bridget

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    1. Hi Bridget,

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I love hearing if others have tried the recipes and get their opinions on it.

      I made this one day and my girlfriend came over and I offered her a bowl. She went home and made it for her husband and kids and it was a huge hit.

      I make this chili once or twice a week and usually eat it for lunch since it's quick and easy then I actually cook dinner for the week.

      I'm all about quick and flavorful meals and this one is great.

      Glad everyone liked it! Hopefully you can your son into the paleo lifestyle a little more. If you give him excellent food choices, he'll gravitate towards it!

      Thanks again!
      Angela

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  2. ..and I have your recipe open right now in Seattle. ran out to the store to buy the organic spices needed - making now
    -nomnomnom

    thank you for posting this.

    jean

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    1. Hi Jean!

      Please let me know what you thought of this recipe. It's so simple and delicious. I left out the tomato paste and it works great without it.

      Seattle, huh? I lived there when I was little.. It was rainy a lot and you could smell "The armoa of Tacoma"

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  3. Is this spicy with that amount of chili powder? My husband is a spicy-ness wuss.

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    1. Hi Heather,

      Nope. Not too spicey at all. I use chili powder on a lot of recipes that I feed my kids and they like it and don't complain. I think the idea that chili powder is spicey is because most of the chili we eat is super spicey, probably from the peppers added in.
      To me, chili powder is most salty than anything so be careful with the amount of salt you add at first. You can always add more salt but you can't take it out!
      Angela

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  4. Thanks for this easy recipe... I'm making it as we speak! I love cumin but it never would have occurred to me to add it to chili. It still needs to simmer for a couple of hours, but the first initial taste after adding all the ingredients proved to be very yummy! Any idea how many servings (assuming maybe 1 cup for each serving) this makes? I can always measure it out, but was just curious. Thanks!

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    1. I honestly don't know how much this one recipe makes but I would assume about 6-8cups depending on how much liquid you add to it.
      I usually cook 2-4lbs. of beef and make chili from 2lbs. of it and use the remaining beef for taco meat.
      Hope you liked it!

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  5. i'm not a fan of cumin and even though i only mixed in 1 tbsp.. i could still taste it DX it's pretty good though :)

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    1. I know a lot of people don't like the taste of cumin. You could leave that out next time and replace that with more chili seasoning and allspice. I leave out the allspice (it's not good to my tummy somehow) and I don't miss it at all.

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  6. Hi Angela,

    What is allspice and do where do you think I can find it?

    Thanks!!!
    Ben

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    1. Allspice can be found in the spice section at your grocery store and is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Its used in sweet and savory dishes.
      hope this helps!
      Angela

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  7. I made this last night with some ostrich mince and is was delicious. I added a few fresh chillis and some coriander as well to give it a bit more zing.

    Delicious, thank you!

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    1. I've had ostrich jerky which is awesome but haven't tried it any other way. I bet it's pretty awesome!

      I'm glad you liked it. I have a ton of peppers growing so next time, I'm going to add those in as well.

      Thanks Simon :)
      Angela

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  8. Trying this as we speak! We have moose meat and I am tired of moose burgers! My husband is from the south and he hates beans in chili. He will be the judge, it smells great though! Thanks for the recipe!

    Michelle

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    1. Let me know how you like this recipe!

      I love the smell of chili cooking. It's so delicious and warm!!

      I've only stepped outside the comfort zone and eat deer but haven't ever tried moose. If I'm ever offered it, I will give it a go!

      Ps, my husband hates beans and he's from MI! :)

      -Angela

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  9. For the crushed tomatoes, did you used canned?

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    1. Yes, I did. You can use fresh ones if that's what you have. Just pulse in the food processor or squish them in your hands :)

      28oz. is 3.5 cups in case you needed that info. You can use any type of tomato that you like. I just hate chunky style.

      Angela

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  10. We just had this tonight for dinner and it was a hit...even with my kids. I made the paleo cheddar bay biscuits to go with it. I do believe I have found my new winter food. The only thing I did different was add a can of chili seasoned diced tomatoes and for the water I used half water half broth. I'm hooked!

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    1. Chere,

      That is great to hear and those biscuits sound amazing. I think I need to google it and find/make the recipe. Yummy!

      So glad you liked it! I buy 4lbs. ground beef at The Butcher Shoppe (off Fairfield) and make a huge batch. I freeze half and then the hubby and I eat the other half. So delish!

      Thanks for posting!
      Angela

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  11. This was absolutely DELISH!! I can tell that it's going to be a weekly staple. Loved the spice mix, but did add some green chilis. Think I might add a smidge more heat in the future. WONDERFUL recipe and appreciate it so much--thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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    1. Hi Cyndi,

      So glad you like it. I've made this tons of times and keep adding more and more heat to it as well and it never ever fails.

      Thanks for the nice comment!
      Angela

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  12. I made this tonight. I will be my go to chili now.

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi Tom,

      So glad to hear you like this recipe. Thanks for the nice comment!

      Angela

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  13. This recipe is PERFECT.

    I've made it twice so far - once for Football Sunday and once for an office potluck lunch.
    I get rave reviews and it tastes so good!

    I'm planning on making it again tonight and thought that I would leave you a note about how much I ♥ your recipe.

    P.S. This recipe is ideal for potlucks. I placed my finished chili in a slow cooker on low and it kept for all afternoon.

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    1. Hi Sherry,

      So glad you like the recipe. It is very delicious. I make a ton and usually alwasy freeze half of it right away.

      Great suggestion about putting it in a slow cooker. I love my slow cooker!

      Thanks for the positive feedback!
      Angela

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  14. I made this on Sunday night and have been eating it for lunch with half an avocado each day. I love it. I left out the tomato paste and added a tsp. of cinnamon and a tsp. of chipotle pepper spice. I will absolutely make this again. Thanks!

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    1. Awesome. So glad you liked it! I always tweak recipes to what I think I'd like and I'm certainly glad you did!

      I never add tomato paste anymore :)

      Angela

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  15. Wonder if I could use salsa instead of the crushed tomatoes?

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    1. Salsa would give it a different taste and might be pretty yummy. It's going to lack some tomato flavor so add a tbsp or two of tomato paste.
      Good luck!
      Angela

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  16. I don't like crushed tomatoes, what can I use instead? Tomato soup, tomato paste, or tomato sauce perhaps? I would like to try this, the picture makes it look delicious!

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    1. Hello

      Try using tomato sauce. The soup would have too many 'extras' in ingredients and the tomato paste is way too concentrated.

      Enjoy!
      Angela

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    2. Thanks, next time I go to the store I will get what I don't have and give this recipe a try. By the way, has anyone ever tried to make their own version of Taco Bell's Chili cheese burritos? It's my main reason for trying to find a chili recipe.

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    3. I couldn't tell you the last time I stepped foot into a Taco Bell.

      I do make "taco" beef with chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano and a little salt. I also add onion and green bell pepper.

      Good luck with your Taco Bell chili quest!

      Angela

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  17. I'm excited to try this. It's simmering right now! I'm one a detox that limits what I can eat. I tried Jason's Deli texas chili and it was amazing. I'm hoping this is similar. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  18. Seeing on the pictures i feel Spicy, yummy and tasty. Would definitely trying it out to taste the real recipe. Thanks for sharing

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  19. Great recipe Angela, thanks for sharing. My wife and son recently started on the Paleo diet and it is very difficult to find a variety throughout the week. The chili is delicious, I was quite surprised. The nice thing about this recipe is that one can use this as the base for whatever creative additions they think up. I substituted salt with garlic salt, added a bit of onion powder, diced some garlic, and added chopped celery to chunk it up. Thanks again:)

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  20. Is there a way to turn this into the sweeter cincinnati style chili that you recommend?

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  21. I make this often. It's easy. I add turmeric and cayenne sometimes.

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