I was never a huge chili fan until I tried this recipe, taken from Mel at The Clothes Make the Girl. Now as soon as the temperature drops below 70, I whip this up and eat it for days! Hope you enjoy it.
2 tablespoons of your favorite fat: olive oil, coconut oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 lbs. ground meat (lean beef, pork, turkey, veal, bison, or a mix)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa * (the secret killer ingredient!)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
14.5 oz. can chopped tomatoes
6 oz. tomato paste
14.5 oz. can beef broth
1 bottle light beer (*see below for what NOT to do!) or about a cup of water
1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce
1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add onions and saute 'til soft. Add garlic and let heat 'til fragrant, about 2 minutes. DO NOT BURN THE GARLIC. Add the meat and sauté until browned and crumbled.
2. Blend all the spices in a small bowl. Add to pot and stir well, about 1 minute.
3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, hot sauce, and beef broth to the pot. Stir well.
4. Crack open the beer and take a sip for luck. Poor the rest into the pot and stir well.
5. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low so the pot has a gentle simmer. SIMMER FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS. Do not skimp on the simmer. Just as rest time is the magic time when you build your strength, simmering is the magic time when the flavors meld.
This recipe makes 6 3-protein-block servings of 1 and 1/3 cups each.
Add additional quality fats with some chopped black olives, green olives, or avocado slices (or all three!).
Add more veggies by serving over a bed of cooked spaghetti squash, grated zucchini, or baby spinach leaves.
*** I ommited a few things because I just didn't have them. Instead of beef broth I just added some water. Don't make the mistake I made of pouring in an entire bottle of dark, strong beer- bad idea- it was kinda gross. Just keep an eye on the pot and add a bit of water if needed.
Also, I sauteed the meat and onions then threw it along with everything else into the crockpot for 2 or 3 hours instead of simmering on the stove.