Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Easy Paleo Crock Pot Chili

I don't often make chili in June, but I found myself with some grass-fed beef stew meat in the freezer crying out for a purpose. I decided to throw it together with some ground beef and see if I could come up with a tasty and easy crock pot chili.

Mission accomplished! This has a little zip but not too much for my kids, and could easily be made spicier if your taste buds so desire. Since I wanted to keep things simple and speedy I didn't go too crazy with the components, but I do think next time I will include some chopped carrot and bell pepper for an extra nutritional boost.

I know some people hate crock pot recipes that call for browning meat first, and I do agree that it can be an annoying first step when all you want to do is dump everything in the pot and turn it on. I just always brown my ground meat first, and I much prefer onions that have been sautéed on the stove top to those that have been added raw to the crock pot. Feel free to experiment with what works for you!

Easy Paleo Crock Pot Chili

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion
4 minced garlic cloves, divided
1 lb. stew meat, cut into small chunks
14 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
1 cup organic chicken or beef broth
3 tbs. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. smoked paprika
salt & pepper
1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder

Brown ground beef, onion and 2 minced garlic cloves in a large skillet on the stove top. Drain any excess fat and add to crock pot. Add uncooked stew meat, tomatoes, broth and all ingredients except vinegar and cocoa powder. Stir to combine.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Add apple cider vinegar and cocoa powder to crock pot, stirring to thoroughly mix them in. Replace lid and continue to cook for another 20-30 minutes on low. Taste for seasoning before serving.

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