There is something to be said about hearing the winds howl outside and hunkering down with a nice big bowl of chili. Pull out your slow cooker in the morning, cut up a few vegetables, toss in some ground beef and spices and when you’re home and ready to warm up your outside with comfy jammies and wool socks it’s time to warm up your insides with this delicious meal.
While preparing chili can happen most anytime we like to make big batches of it during the weekend so that it can be used for lunches later in the week. Tara will also tell you that you can literally throw an egg on top of anything and make it into a breakfast (true story as she does it all the time with left overs). Leftovers can also be used to as a topping to one of our all time favorite paleo eats: Sweet Potato Pizza.
The thing about chili is there is so much “wiggle” room. The base is the same (a little meat, a little veggie, a little spice) but the combination is totally up to you. We’ve got a few chili recipes that will eventually make it’s way to TheHDD blog but for now this one is the most basic.
Slow Cooker Paleo Chili
- 2 lbs Ground Beef
- 1 28oz Can of Diced Tomatoes (we used one with extra garlic)
- 1 Onion (peeled and chopped)
- Peppers (large = 3 or 4 sweet peppers = 8 – 10)
- Garlic (we used 6 large cloves)
- 2 – 3 Tbsps of chili powder (depending on your tastes)
Seriously this is gonna be easy folks.
In a large skillet on medium heat, brown the meat until cooked thoroughly. Drain and set aside (keeping some fat in skillet for garlic and onions). Mince garlic, chop onions and put in skillet on low/medium heat. Allow onions to cook for about 5 minutes, add chili powder and mix well. Continue to cook onions for another 5 minutes or so…
You can add the beef back into the skillet or you can just throw everything into the slow cooker at this point…
Clean and chop your sweet peppers and add to slow cooker.
Add diced tomatoes (we chose not to drain first), mix together well, cover and cook on low heat for about 4-5 hours.
Now it may seem that there’s not much “kick” or spice to this chili and you would be right. However the garlic and chili powder were just the right combination to bring heat to the dish. Remember to adjust accordingly to your own tastes…
Depending on your definition of Paleo, you can serve this will quinoa on the bottom or if you’re not following a paleo foundation, pasta would be right tasty as well.
~ Now that’s good eatin’ folks!