Paleo Chili

Anyone who crossfits for more than a day comes across the Paleo Diet. Lots of protein, carbs from veggies and complex carbs, nuts and seeds and some fruit. There is a fantastic TED Talk about how this way of eating is in reality no where close to what prehistoric folks ate, but I understand the general concept is to get folks eating more real food, less processed food and more veggies so I am down with that in general.

My blogging partner and I generally claim we are paleo-ish because we haven’t eliminated all the grains and dairy (greatly reduced? yes, eliminated? no freaking way…). But I do love many of the paleo recipes and if there is one thing I love love love, it’s chili!  My work colleague and friend is very dedicated to her Paleo lifestyle and she found this recipe, so I can’t even claim its discovery. BUT, I’m going to claim getting it out there to you guys, because it’s far better than our turkey chili and we LOVE our turkey chili. I admit that adding cocoa powder was a bit of a mystery to me when I was reading the recipe, but it works, it really does. This has quickly become our ‘go-to’ chili recipe.

I will say, the recipe says to use 1/2 pound of ground sausage, but we never know what to do with the other 1/2 pound, so we just put the entire pound in the pot. We also just get the biggest peppers we can find and chop them up, not really worrying about if it’s a cup or not; the same goes for the onion.

I know some folks who aren’t big on peppers (my son for example). And you can either chop up the peppers into tiny bits that won’t really be noticed, or you could probably sub some other veggie that you prefer, but I’m not good enough in the kitchen to know what that would be!

You could also put sour cream and cheese on yours and use a few saltine crackers for scooping if you wanted to (I won’t tell). But it’s pretty darn tasty without them. The chipotle pepper lends a bit of heat and it’s tempered by the cocoa powder. You could add more peppers if you wanted; the recipe calls for one, we usually do 2-3. We also add more garlic to it, simply because we are garlic freaks and it’s almost impossible to have too much.

The recipe also claims 4 servings, we usually get five to six because we add more sausage and the biggest veggies we can find.

All Recipes has the recipe. HERE is your link. ENJOY!!

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