By: Holly Gary
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
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 boil, then reduce heat and simmer 1-2 hours.
Enjoy! Makes 6 large servings.
Lee Lasater 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.
Holy crap this was so good! The longer it simmered, the better it got. Yummm!
The absolutely, most delicious chili I’ve ever had.
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??
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.
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.
Andrew C says
I have made this chili three or four times already. Great results. Thank you for sharing!
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!!
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!
Elizabeth D says
I’m waiting on my batch now. Can’t wait to try it! Smells awesome!!
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?
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.
My very picky eater son loves this chili. Thank you for adding an additional meal to my limited menu options.
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 🙂
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
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.
What’s with the sour cream, in the photo?
A little dairy is fine if the body tolerates it!
Can you taste the pumpkin pie seasoning?
I added the pumpkin spice and it was just fine. I even added the T of Cacao powder. Hmm Hmm.
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!
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
Rae Ann says
Where do you get tomato puree or is there a substitute? Can I use two cans of chopped tomatoes?
I would imagine that would work. You could always puree chopped tomatoes too if need be.
what kind of coffee are you suppose to add to the chili?
Love this recipe.
I found that if you double the oregano amount, it comes out a bit more “zestier”.
Did I read this correctly?
Instead of coffee what kind of broth can I use?? Or if I want to use coffee, which kind . ?
Would this work in the slow cooker?
I do this in the slow cooker all the time – 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high after I brown the meat and veggies. I tried once without browning and it came out oily. This is the only chili recipe I use now.
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!
Seriously, the best chili I have ever made or eaten.
Made this tonight after much digging through the interwebs to find a good paleo chili. I used this recipe as a base, but mixed it up quite a bit, adding some roasted, cubed butternut squash, some roasted jalapeno peppers and anaheim chilis, a tablespoon of cocoa powder instead of the coffee, and a few other little tweaks. It was fabulous and had great depth of flavor.
Made it for the 1st time tonight. All spices have been mixed in. I did add more salt and onion powder. Oh, I also added one more Tbs of Chili powder. Now cooking, I have another hour to cook, then cool. I’m in a chili cook off tomorrow, so wish me luck!! 🙂
Made this for the first time today and this really is yummy! The only things I added were a little bit of chipotle pepper powder and a little extra salt. The next time, I think I’ll add a little more veggies.
Colleen Chao says
Best. Chili. Ever. At chili cook-offs, this one wins hands down.