I never was a fan of chili, until I started trying to live a Paleo lifestyle. At that point, in my ongoing search for the perfect Paleo recipes that would be absolutely delicious and satisfying, I came across a chili recipe that looked like it had potential. I tweak, and keep changing it up.
Chili can be made in so many ways. I like to change-up the meats I’m using, and am experimenting with other add-ins as well, as you’ll see here. I use as many organic ingredients as I can, but budgeting is necessary.
(You may also like the one here.)
2 (3-qt) crock pots
2 Tablespoons organic coconut oil (If you need to brown meat before adding to the crock.)
4 pounds of assorted meats, 1 pound each (I buy what is most affordable.)
3 cans organic diced tomato
2 cans organic tomato paste
1 cup diced butternut squash, sweet potato, or organic pumpkin puree
3 Tablespoons chili powder
3 Tablespoons cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons parsley
2 teaspoons allspice
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup of organic beef/vegetable broth
- Brown the meat (if necessary) in about a tablespoon or two of coconut oil. Drain, and split between two 3-qt crock pots.
- Chop the any other meats and split between the crocks.
- Pour the diced tomato (including liquid) and squash over the meats.
- Add a can of tomato paste to each.
- Add the oregano, parsley, and spices, splitting each equally between the two crocks.
- Pour half cup of beef broth over the contents of each crock, and cover.
- Heat on low 6 or 7 hours/high 4-5 hours. Turn the slow cooker off.
- Buy ingredients when they are on sale; specially the meats and spices. If you can afford to stock up at that time, do so to be prepared for future meals.
- Combine sales with coupons when possible, to save even more money.
- Use produce for your own garden for even more savings, and better quality and taste.
- Try using different combinations of meats.
- Experiment with different types of vegetables.
- Freeze the leftovers, and use them to create new recipes.
- Serve over spaghetti squash, with cucumber rounds and carrot sticks on the side.