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.

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  1. Marisa
    January 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Sounds absolutely delicious!!

  2. Joan
    January 14, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Hubby will love giving this a try.

  3. Scotty
    January 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

    This sounds ridiculous. Cannot WAIT to try it!

  4. Diane
    January 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I’m worried about the shrimp getting over cooked. Were they chewy?

  5. Sheldon
    January 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    How much is “1 coconut water?”

  6. mel
    January 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

    1 coconut water = ??? mL
    like from a coconut or a tetrapack?

    • Christopher
      January 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

      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.

  7. Tara
    March 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

    How much is a “tablet” of chocolate so I can figure out what 1/4 of one is? :)

  8. Sascha
    April 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    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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