Exotic Paleo Chili

By: Sascha Spaeth

Servings: 4-6

2 ancho chilies
2 pasilla chilies
2 chipotle chilies
2 chilies de arbol
4 slices bacon (cut into 1 inch slices)
1 pound beef (chuck roast, cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1 onion (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
28 ounce diced tomatoes
19 ounces Shrimps
1 cup coffee
1 coconut water
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon oregano
(optional) salt to taste
1/4 tablet dark chocolate 82% (grated)
1 banana
1 handful cilantro (chopped)

Instructions: Directions:
1. Toast the ancho, pasilla, chipotle and de arbol chilies in a pan.
2. Cover in boiling water and let soak for 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large pan and set aside retaining the grease in the pan.
4. Add the beef and brown on all sides in the bacon grease and set aside.
5. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
6. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
7. Add the bacon, beef, tomatoes, Shrimp, coffee, coconut water, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne and oregano.
8. Drain the chilies and blend in a half a cup of fresh water and add to the pot. (Tip: Add the chilies a bit at a time taste testing as you go to get it to the level of heat that you desire.)
9. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the beef is fork tender, about 3-5 hours, adding more beef broth if required.
10. Add the diced banana and chocolate.
11. Remove from heat and mix in the cilantro.


    • Christopher says

      When I made the recipe I just assumed it was supposed to be a Tetra Pak, and that’s what I used. It worked well.

  1. Sascha says

    Sorry guys for not getting back to you. I was a little bit busy with my triathlon schedule.
    As Christopher wrote, you can use a can or a tetra pack. It is up to your taste.
    when it comes to chocolate, use the 82% from Treaders Joe. There are two thin tables in it and I used 1/4 from one table. If you like it more sweet than use more but think about it dark chocolate will dominate a bit the Chili. The good part on it is, that the banana and the chocolate take a bit the hot (spicyness out of the chili without killing the flavor).
    Thanks… :-)

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