Ultimate Paleo Chili

By: Holly Gary

Servings: 6

2lbs lean ground beef (good) or grass-fed ground beef (best)
2 medium onions, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
3-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 – 28oz can tomato pureé
1 – 14oz can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups coffee (substitute with broth if you prefer)
3T chili powder
2T cumin
1T oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning (substitute with 1tsp cinnamon + 1tsp nutmeg)
1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)
1 tsp sea salt + sprinkle
1 tsp pepper + sprinkle
1 T coconut oil

Instructions: Sauté onions and bell peppers in coconut oil over med-high heat in a large dutch oven or soup pot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. About 5 minutes.

Add beef and garlic and cook until brown. About 7  minutes.

Add tomato pureé, tomato sauce, coffee and spices. Bring to a bowl, then reduce heat and simmer 1-2 hours.

Enjoy! Makes 6 large servings.



  1. Katy says

    Loved it!! Very tasty and enjoyed by all. We are only new to the paleo lifestyle and are really impressed with the recipes out there.

  2. Joe says

    Did I read this correctly?? Coffee?? Instead of coffee what kind of broth can I use?? Or if I want to use coffee, which kind??

  3. breakndishes says

    Seek and you find! I wasn’t expecting to also know how to make pasta sauce too..lol But now that I do, I can try out the Paleo-butternut squash lasagna! Oh, and the chili is the bomb! Thanks for my two newest Paleo dishes.

  4. GK says

    How big would you say your “6 large servings” are? I’m looking to “can” some chili in retort packages to eat during a cross country trip I’m taking. Just trying to get a feel for how much I’ll need to make.

  5. says

    Wonderful chili recipe!! We used chili grind sirloin and a mix of three different chile powders–smoked Serrano, Aleppo and New Mexico, and we added 1 T Cocoa powder. We just used tomato purée, because that’s what we had. It was really the best we have ever cooked, and we’ll keep this recipe handy!

    On the carb front, the tomatoes added a lot of carbs, and still thinking on how to reduce that–really raised blood sugar too much after one bowl, but damn, it was good!!

  6. says

    Our whole house smells wonderful! Good use of my coffee I never get to finish in the morning! I added several different fresh peppers from the garden and veggies too!

  7. Jody Foote says

    What other veggies would you suggest adding to chili to take up the space of the beans? I need something in it besides meat to round it out and was thinking different types of hardier squash and green leagues, like collards. Any other ideas/suggestions?

    • Squatchy says

      I like to serve chili over roasted spaghetti squash. You could also add in other squashes like you said (acorn, delicata, butternut, etc.). Sweet potatoes or even regular potatoes (if you do those) could work too.

  8. neil says

    I love it, but Maybe a bit too spicy for my kids, also added a tablespoon of local honey to give a little sweetness, even better now :)

  9. Jennifer miller says

    This chilli is amazing have made it a few times thank you so much I am a new comer to the paleo diet world and this meal is so good on the really cold days outside

  10. says

    Hi Christopher, his is really awesome recipe. I like the way you have presented this excellent recipe “Ultimate Paleo Chili” that is very easy to understand and also the images you have used in this recipe is amazing. Keep up the good work. I will definitely give it a try.

  11. Annie says

    This was awesome!! Instead of coconut oil (I didn’t realize I had run out) I used black truffle oil. Absolutely loved this! Currently eating it for lunch now!

  12. maxi says

    My husband has been following a paleo diet for several months now and this has been our favorite recipe thus far. It has become a Sunday tradition especially now during football Sunday

  13. Charly says

    Delicious recipe! The house smelled great while it was cooking and it tasted even better. I wondered about the spices and coffee but they all came together, none of them stood out in the end. Will make again!

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