Paleo Recipe - Chili

Chili Makes Me Happy – A Family Friendly Recipe

Fall is here and winter will fast be upon us. Trying to enjoy the moment now and not think about the winter to come. We have been here for two winters so far. One was the winter from hell where we had record setting snows that started the day after Christmas and finally melted sometime in April. Then last year we had a freak snowstorm October 28 that knocked our power out for 10 days again and only once the rest of the season did we even see a dusting of snow. I really don’t know what to expect.

Regardless of the weather, once the temperature drops below 65 or so I feel it’s time to make chili. Big, Beefy, Cumin laced pots of chili. and…. I feel like I should eat it with cornbread. Alas, cornbread does not fall in the Paleo diet pantheon so I have come up with alternatives, like the amazing apple spiced muffins we had with this batch. I am writing this with a full belly in a warm office with a rainy night outside… Life is good. One reason is…. Chili makes me happy!

Paleo Recipes - Chili

I always cook mine in the morning then simmer it in the crockpot for the day to really steep the flavor but if you’re in a time crunch you can make it and eat it right away too.

Please note if I was cooking this for myself and only myself there would be chiles and jalapenos and spices galore because I like HEAT. However, we have 5 kiddos between 1 and 8 eating dinner so I kept it on the very mild side. However, I canned a bunch of fire roasted salsa this weekend and a couple of big dollops of that brought the spice level up just perfectly for us!!!

Paleo Approved Cassia's Chili
Recipe type: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: South American
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A hearty Paleo recipe that contains plenty of important vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that the body needs.
  • ½ lb (250 g) Ground Sirloin
  • ½ lb (250 g) Ground Pork
  • 2 Celery Stalks And Leaves – Chopped
  • 2 Small Zucchini – Sliced Into Half Moons
  • 2 Small Sweet Bell Peppers – Diced
  • 3 ½ Cups (28 Fl Oz) Canned Diced Tomatoes (No Salt Added)
  • 1 Large Onion – Diced
  • 1 Leek – White Part Only – Sliced Into Half Moons
  • 5 Large Kale Leaves – Stem Removed And Leaves Chopped
  • ½ lb (250 g) Mushrooms – Sliced
  • 2-3 Sundried Tomatoes – Finely Diced
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Fat (Your Choice Of Coconut Oil, Animal Fat, Ghee etc)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Tomato Paste (No Sugar Added)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (15-30 g) Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Dried Oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon (2.5 g) Ground Coriander
  • 2 Teaspoons (10 g) Porcini Mushroom Powder (Optional But Optimal!)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 g) Coconut Amino's
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • ¼ Cup (60 g) Fresh Cilantro - Minced
  1. • Place a large pot over a medium to high heat and melt the fat of your choice. Once the fat is hot enough, brown the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and leeks. Once browned, set aside in a large bowl.
  2. • In the same pot on the same heat, add the ground meat. Brown the meat evenly for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. • Once the meat is browned, add the onion mixture you cooked earlier.
  4. • Add the remaining vegetables into the pot except the kale and cilantro. Add the canned tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste. Give it a stir to mix the ingredients.
  5. • Add all the seasonings. Adjust the taste by adding sea salt and pepper. Stir again to mix all the ingredients well.
  6. • Let the vegetables cook until they have softened.
  7. • Once the vegetables are soft, add the kale and cilantro. Cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  8. • Remove from heat and serve whilst hot. You can serve this with Paleo muffins, slices of avocado or any Paleo diet approved bread of your choice!
You will find this meal hard to resist because of the chilies. This hot spice is known to be under the nightshade family but is widely accepted as part of the Paleo diet with the rule of moderation in mind. Many countries call it chili, chilli, or chili peppers and they vary in size, color, and hotness. This spice is believed to have been part of the diet in the Americas since at least 7500 BC. The term chili peppers is believed to be from Christopher Columbus who was one of the first Europeans to encounter chilies in the Caribbean. The spread of chilies in Asia is most likely because of the Portuguese traders although Spanish historians also claim the distribution of chili in Asia.

Not only is the history of chili rich, it is also rich in terms of benefits for the body. It does not just boost your appetite chilies also boost your body’s health! This small package carries a big punch of health benefits that you wouldn’t want to miss.


Powerful Antioxidant

Paleo Food - Chili - Powerful Antioxidant

Chili contains numerous nutrients and minerals, but it is the vitamins that play a big role in terms of the antioxidant content of this food. These antioxidants are so strong that studies even suggest chilies can help prevent cancer. These antioxidants also help get rid of toxins and free radicals whilst supporting your immune system. The effects of antioxidants also reflect on the skin, making it more radiant and young looking.

Keeps The Heat Up

Eating chilies during the cold season is best because of its warming effect. The heat chilies produce activates the spleen to expel dampness and cold from the body. So yes, the warming effect on your tummy when you eat chilies is quite literal.

Helps You Breathe

Paleo Diet Food - Helps You Breathe

Eating chilies can actually help your respiratory system, but how? The heat produced by chilies can help open your nasal passages. This allows you to breathe freely. If you have a cold and your breathing is congested, have a chili!

Cleans Your Tummy

Besides keeping you safe from stomach cancer by having potent antioxidants, chilies also have fiber. Dietary fiber found in most vegetables and fruits can literally sweep the waste we produce from our bodies and help ease bowel movement. If you have been suffering from constipation, having chili in your dish can help.

Helps The Heart Stay Healthy

Chilies can actually promote better circulation of blood in our bodies and can act as blood thinners. These help in reducing the risk of strokes as it relieves the heart from working too much and lowers blood pressure.

Good For The Eyes

Chili contains lutein, an antioxidant that benefits the eyesight. Lutein protects the eyes from harmful UV rays, which we are exposed to every day. Lutein also protects the eyes from developing other eye issues that we may suffer from as we age, such as cataracts.

Keeps The Pain Away

Chilies are not only filled with antioxidants, they also contain anti-inflammatory agents that can help ease pain and inflammation. Chili can desensitize the nerve receptors for pain. This means you get numbed from the heat that chilies release. The anti-inflammatory content of chili can help reduce bouts of arthritis and other inflammation on joints and other parts of the body.

Paleo Food - Chilis

However, there are some side effects from eating chilies, especially if you are one of those people who enjoy more than enough chili on their foods. Here are some of the side effects you might encounter when eating chilies.

Too Much Heat

There are people who are sensitive to spicy foods. Although there are people who can munch on fresh chili like its nothing, these heat-sensitive people will literally cry from the heat. If you are going to try out the featured recipe above, you have to make sure you can handle the heat.

Upset Stomach

Paleo Diet - Chili - Can Cause Upset Stomach

There are people who have sensitive stomachs. Although chilies can help the digestive system, there are people whose stomachs cannot handle the heat and end up having loose bowel movements and/or stomach pain.

Risk Of Hemorrhoids Or Rectal Burning

This is due to overeating of chilies. The heat that chilies produce doesn’t really go out and travels along the intestines up to the rectum. Having too much heat from eating too many chilies causes rectal burning or hemorrhoids.

Skin Rashes

Paleo Diet Food - Can Cause Skin Rashes

Again, this is caused most likely by sensitivity from the heat that chilies produce. Chilies can make you feel a burning sensation and can easily irritate your eyes, nose and other sensitive parts of your body.

Adverse Reaction When Taking Medications

If you are already taking medication for liver, blood, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, then you need to be careful when it comes to eating chillis. There are components in the chili that may directly affect the medication you are taking. Consult your physician first if you are taking any kind of prescribed medication.

Just like any other foods that are part of the Paleo diet, the real key to enjoying chilies is to eat them in moderation. You should also be aware of how much chili you can handle. Being aware of the benefits and side effects of chilies can help you determine just how much chili you can include in this Paleo recipe, or any other Paleo recipes, and how often you can enjoy the heat of chilies.

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