PALEO DIET NO BEAN CHILI
Paleo diet no bean chili is a traditional Texas chili. I learned how to make this delicious primal chili recipe from the original chili masters, the Texans, during my 20+ years in the beautiful Hill Country. In Texas, we often made this chili with fresh venison, from deer hunted by my Husband and Father-in-law right in our own back yard. This chili is simple to make and you can add all of the ingredients to a crockpot, for easier cooking, if you like. Just brown the sirloin cubes in a little olive oil over medium heat, before adding them to the crockpot.
- 1 pounds lean grass-fed beef sirloin or fresh venison cubes
- 2-14.5 oz. Cans Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes with Green Chilies, like Muir Glen brand
- 2C Grass-fed Beef Broth
- Optional—1/2C Dry Red Wine
- 1C Onion, about 1 small onion
- 1/2C Green Bell Pepper
- 1/2C Celery
- *1 Chili Pepper, see note
- 2-4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2T Olive Oil, divided
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 2t Paprika or Smoked Paprika
- 1t Ground Cumin, or more
- 1/2t Himalayan Salt, or more
- 1/4t Ground Black Pepper
- *1/4t Chili Powder, see note
- Optional garnish—Fresh Cilantro Leaves, chopped
DIRECTIONS—cube meat into 1/2 inch pieces, trimming away excess fat. Gently warm 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet, over medium heat. Add beef or venison cubes, turn heat to medium-high, and cook a few minutes, until browned, stirring frequently. Add red wine, if using, simmer until wine is reduced to nothing, tenderizing meat and giving it a rich coating. Turn meat into Dutch oven. Press garlic into Dutch oven. Chop chili pepper, see note, and add along with crushed tomatoes, beef broth, bay leaf, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, and *ground chili pepper, see note. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered. In the meantime, clean skillet, chop onion, and over medium heat, gently warm remaining oil. Add onions to skillet. Chop bell pepper, add to skillet. Chop celery, add to skillet. Sauté vegetables until lightly browned, turn into Dutch oven, and stir everything together. Simmer uncovered, about 30 minutes, or until chili thickens. Optional—garnish with chopped cilantro. OR brown sirloin then add to a crockpot with all other ingredients and cook until beef is tender.
NOTE: for spicier chili add more ground chili pepper and fresh chilies, including membranes and seeds for extra heat.