Chili is the perfect meal for any laid back social get-together – delicious, unpretentious food with no silly frills. Simply fill up a bowl and enjoy – and there’s minimal clear up afterwards. Plus anything that tastes even better the next day has to be a winner, right? So if you love your chili but really want a Paleo-friendly alternative to make your favourite comfort food even better – read on to discover an amazingly simple and tasty Paleo chili.
Chili is something we take very seriously in the It’s Time To Burn household and we think we have finally perfected an amazing Paleo chili recipe. Take a look, make a batch and enjoy!!
What to serve with Paleo chili?
Of course – chili is never served just by itself – so a Paleo chili needs some equally tasty Paleo partners too. Here are just a few easy suggestions that go down really well with chili, and make a satisfying alternative to rice:
- Crispy sweet potato fries
- Avocado / Paleo guacamole (recipe coming soon!)
- Paleo ketchup – check out this recipe to give your meal an extra kick.
While some people love to throw cheese and soured cream on top – for me chili is all about the wonderful rich taste of ground beef and the warm spices within!
Chocolate in chili?
If you’ve skipped ahead to the recipe, you might find one surprising ingredient in there – dark chocolate. While you might think this addition sounds completely nuts, it adds an extra touch of authenticity, and a surprising boost of flavour. Mexican food traditionally uses chocolate in a variety of ways – savoury as well as sweet. In fact, chocolate was originally served up as a dense, spiced drink called “xocoatl”, and all across south America, you’ll find chocolate partnering up with chilies in a number of ways.
In this recipe, the little touch of chocolate gives a delicate hint of sweetness to enhance the warm spices, while also giving it colour and thickness, without any flour or additives. Don’t be afraid to play with the recipe, and indulge your inner chocoholic!
If you’re craving more Paleo chili and chocolate combos to try out, check out “Mole Negro de Guajalote” (known as Turkey in Chilli-Chocolate Sauce). Find the recipe on this page, and enjoy experimenting!
I use it for Paleo chili is it gives a nice sweetness without having to add any sugar, plus it thickens the pot without having to add flour, moreover it gives a lovely dark sheen. Please do try it.
Ok let’s get cooking
- 750g Lean ground beef mince
- 1 large (or 2 medium) Onion
- 3-4 Cloves of garlic
- 1 Red pepper
- 1 Green pepper (optional)
- Juice of 1 Lime
- 4-5 Ripe vine tomatoes (or plum tomatoes)
- 1-2 tablespoons of organic tomato paste
- ½ or 1 small courgette/zucchini
- 1-2 Red chili peppers (don’t remove the seeds)
- 1-2 tsp of Cumin
- 2 tsp of Paprika
- 2-4 tsp of Cayenne pepper (powder) (depending on how spicy you like your food)
- 40g Organic dark chocolate
- Optional: 1 tsp of salt
- Dice the onion, garlic, red and green peppers and the courgette/zucchini
- Set a side the courgette/zucchini to add a little later
- Add onion, garlic, red and green peppers to a large heavy saucepan and add a drizzle of oil
- Squeeze in a lime - as much as you can get out.
- Gently sauté these off until they soften
- Add the ground beef mince
- Keep it moving and make sure it doesn’t lump, you should have enough space in your pan to move the beef around quite vigorously.
- Cook off for around 10 minutes
- Roughly chop the tomatoes
- Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and courgette/zucchini
- Cook off for another 10 minutes on a medium heat
- Finely chop the chili peppers
- Add these to the pot, together with the cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper
- Cook on a medium heat for around 20 minutes, making sure the pan doesn’t get too hot and dry at the bottom
- Roughly chop the dark chocolate
- Add to the pot and gently simmer for as long as possible, ideally 2 hours but you could do this for as little as 30 minutes.
Let me know how your Paleo chili turned out in our forum!
– Is it just me that always cooks chili for about 10 people when it’s usually just 2 eating?