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Paleo Chili Recipe
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Paleo Chili

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"Paleo (eating like our pre-agricultural revolution ancestors ate) chili is made without beans. In the west we typically include beans, but I think even non-paleo eaters will enjoy this deep smoky flavorful chili. This is best made a day ahead so the flavors can meld together. Serve with green onions and sour cream."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  1. Soak chipotle pepper in boiling water until softened, about 10 minutes. Remove pepper from water and mince.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir garlic and minced chipotle into onion mixture and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir bison and sausage into onion mixture. Cook and stir until meat is browned and crumbly, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Stir chili powder, cumin, oregano, cocoa powder, and Worcestershire sauce into the bison mixture; add crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors are blended, 10 minutes.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • This chili can be enjoyed by non-Paleo eaters by adding 1 (15 oz.) can of drained and rinsed pinto beans.
  • You can substitute beef for the bison and turkey sausage for the pork sausage.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 18, 2014

WARNING: I DID MAKE A FEW CHANGES! SLIGHT CHANGES! I am doing the Whole 30 and I loved this, although I did cheat a bit. I ordered some Coconut Aminos, a substitute for Worcestershire sauce, but they won't be in for a week. So I cut the Worcestershire sauce in half. I also used beef instead of bison because I'm on a budget. So to reduce the fat, I simmered my sausage and beef in a separate pan! We don't have to watch our sodium so the last change I made was I salted as I went. I salted the vegetables, salted the meat, salted the spices, salted after I added the tomatoes. Lastly, I doubled this recipe and it was PERFECT. SO DELICIOUS.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 14, 2015

It had a very loose texture and it was definitely lacking with no beans or sour cream. Guess it's just not my cup of tea? Also- what are tomatoes doing in a paleo recipe?

Dec 23, 2013

This is an AWESOME recipe! The spice mix is so perfect. I have made this twice in the last two days for Christmas parties and have had numerous recipe requests. Paleo purists would not approve of Worcestershire sauce, but there are plenty of recipes out there to make your own. Or live it up and just use it. This is GREAT! The only addition I made was to add about 1/2 cup of tomato juice and 1/2 cup of beef broth to make it a little more soupy (and to make it go a little further). I also used just ground beef because that is what I had on hand. Amazing recipe, you won't be disappointed! Thanks for sharing with us!!

Jan 07, 2014

I used this recipe because the spices that I normally use was gone. I wanted to try something a bit different and I had all the ingredients. I used canned chipotle peppers instead of dried. I also made the chili like I normally do by adding beans. I used venison for the meat. Oh, and I also used my own canned salsa. It was a bit more spicy then I'm used to but it was good. I added Greek yogurt to the top to help curb the heat. My boys had seconds.

May 13, 2014

I hate to be one of those reviewers who make a bunch of changes to a recipe BUT I think it would only be more delicious made as written! I had beef on hand so that's what I used and I omitted the pork sausage (made up the difference with beef) and used only 2/3 of the chipotle pepper in order to keep the heat down for my 3 year old. Also, red and yellow pepper is what I had on hand. It's amazingly flavorful even without the omitted ingredients. I'd love to make a batch for just myself and my husband with all the spicy goodness but don't hesitate to make this for a family of all ages with some slight tweaks. This is going in our regular rotation!!!

Jan 31, 2014

I am doing a Whole Life Challenge and was craving some chili, but I needed a quick recipe, not a crock pot one. I didn't have chipotle and I can't have Worchestershire, but I substituted coconut aminos for it. I also doubled the recipe, and I am SO glad I did, this chili is FANTASTIC!!!! I feel like I am cheating, it's that good. I topped it with chopped avocado. PERFECTION.

Sep 30, 2014

Made this exactly as written, except that I put it all in the crock pot overnight instead of sauteeing everything. Delicious!!

Feb 06, 2014

Really good! Different spicing than my usual chili but a nice change! I used a whole green, red, and orange pepper and omitted the chipotle chili and used ground dried chipotle chili powder instead. I also used a pound of chicken sausage to cut down on fat and the flavor was still fantastic!


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  • Calories
  • 380 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 90 mg
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 17.2 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 7.2 g
  • 29%
  • Protein
  • 33 g
  • 66%
  • Sodium
  • 1567 mg
  • 63%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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