My last shift was on the first day of Autumn. My medic partner and I were craving chili. He volunteered to check in the truck if I searched the Internets for a solid Paleo chili recipe. Challenge accepted. I found THIS recipe and altered it a bit. This is what I came up with.
1# grass-fed beef
1 medium red onion
2 green peppers
1 can chili peppers
2-14 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce
3-4 medium sweet potatoes
1 small container mushrooms
4-5 large carrots
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
Brown the beef, set aside. Using the same pan, cook the bacon. Once bacon is crispy, set aside. Chop peppers and onions, brown in bacon grease.
In the meantime, peel and chop carrots into large chunks. Combine tomatoes, sauce, chili peppers, mushrooms, carrots, beef, and crumbled bacon into crock pot. Add peppers and onions once they are soft. Add spices. Season to taste. The 1 tsp is just a starting point. Cook on low for 5-8 hours.
Approx 1 hour prior to eating, peel and chop sweet potatoes. Pour them onto baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle a little garlic and onion powders onto the potatoes, gently stir potatoes. Bake at 400 degrees for approx 20-30 minutes, or until you can easily stick them with a fork. Stir every 10 minutes or so. Once they start to soften, add the sweet potatoes to the chili. Cook for about another 30 minutes, to combine flavors.
Enjoy! I like to serve sweet potato chips on the side.
I know, I know…”but what about the beans??!?” Legumes are not Paleo. The carrots and sweet potatoes are great substitutes for the beans. Honestly, you don’t even miss them. The sweet potatoes add a subtle sweetness to the spice of the chili. Really a brilliant ingredient for this recipe. And then there’s the bacon. This is another subtle ingredient that packs a punch. Every once in awhile, you get a bite with bacon and think “mmmm…bacon.”
The best thing about slow cookers is that you throw it into the crock pot in the, morning, let it cook all day, then have a delicious dinner waiting for you later that day. Prep work can easily be done the night before. This chili reheats really well. Also, the leftovers are even better the next couple days.
This recipe is loaded with vegetables. Tons of protein and a plethora of other nutrients with each bite. A perfect Autumn Paleo dinner.