My Infamous Paleo Chili

7 10 2009
I make a huge pot of chili and eat it for a few days (or freeze some in quart ziplocs to thaw out as fast food. Chili is my favorite. It’s a great comfort food and this one is popular with the guys as it is very meaty.

2 lbs lean ground beef (I look for 90/10)
1 large steak cut into chunks (or stew meat, whatever you prefer)
1 large can crushed tomatoes (look for the one where the only ingredient is tomatoes)
1 can diced tomatoes and chilis (again, look for natural here)
1 small can tomatillo salsa (in the Mexican food aisle, look for natural ingredients in this…I think the brand starts with an E)
large onion diced
1/8 cup almond flour (this is optional for thickening, omit if you have a nut allergy)
about 2 cups of beef broth
3 cloves garlic minced or about
2 tsp garlic powder1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbs ground cumin
3-4 tbs chili powder
olive oil

Put about 2 tbs olive oil in a pan and get it screaming hot. Sear the chunks of steak in batches (don’t crowd or it won’t brown). It doesn’t have to be cooked at this point, just brown and pull it out. Add a little more oil if needed and add diced onion to kind of brown a bit. Add the beef stock and let it cook until it is reduced by half (this gives a really meaty base). Add in ground beef and almond flour. Stir until it browns a bit. Add garlic, spices, tomatoes, and steak chunks. Simmer on low heat for a couple of hours. It gets better the longer it cooks.

I serve with diced red onion on top. It’s good without it too.



17 responses

21 10 2009

Hey Kat, is it possible to make this in the crock pot? Can’t wait to try it!!!

21 10 2009

It certainly is. I would still pre-brown the beef and the onion, use a little beef broth to scrape up the brown bits off the bottom of the pan, and then dump it and everything else in the crock pot and let it go for like 4 hours on high.

23 10 2009

This is the best paleo chili recipe! Soooo good and definitely worth the extra time to reduce the broth. Thanks for sharing!

7 11 2009

Awesome!! I made it today with deer meat that Dale killed (just to add to the Paleoness!) So tasety!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!! I’ll say it again, Kat, YOU ROCK!!!!!

11 03 2011
JW | Natural Mana

Deer Meat! I love it!

1 08 2010

Made the Chili tonight…Very Good…cant wait to try it tomorrow after it has more time to blend!

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10 03 2011
JW | Natural Mana

Been looking for this recipe – and now I’m gonna make it πŸ™‚

10 03 2011


12 03 2011
JW | Natural Mana

Okay – I made it as you suggested last night.

It is AA-MAY-ZING!!! So this morning, a ladel full of it is going over my eggs πŸ™‚ Then a ladel for lunch… hmmm maybe dinner…. and dessert!

Thanks! πŸ™‚

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20 04 2011

I’ll definitely be trying this – looks great. Thanks!
Also interesting zone/paleo chili recipe a friend recommended: turkey+pumpkin

23 04 2011

Is almond flour the same as almond meal?

23 04 2011


23 04 2012

I followed this recipe with some alterations and it came out GREAT. I used 2 small cans of fire roasted green chilies instead of the tomatillo sauce. Also added green pepper, jalapeno pepper, and mushrooms, and also sprinkled cayenne pepper over it for some heat. Came out AMAZING – thanks!

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