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Paleo Chili

Rated as 4.81 out of 5 Stars

"Paleo (eating like our pre-agricultural revolution ancestors ate) chili is made without beans. In the west we typically include beans, but I think even non-paleo eaters will enjoy this deep smoky flavorful chili. This is best made a day ahead so the flavors can meld together. Serve with green onions and sour cream."
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50 m servings 380
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Soak chipotle pepper in boiling water until softened, about 10 minutes. Remove pepper from water and mince.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir garlic and minced chipotle into onion mixture and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir bison and sausage into onion mixture. Cook and stir until meat is browned and crumbly, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Stir chili powder, cumin, oregano, cocoa powder, and Worcestershire sauce into the bison mixture; add crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors are blended, 10 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • This chili can be enjoyed by non-Paleo eaters by adding 1 (15 oz.) can of drained and rinsed pinto beans.
  • You can substitute beef for the bison and turkey sausage for the pork sausage.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 380 calories; 17.2 26.4 33 90 1567 Full nutrition

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WARNING: I DID MAKE A FEW CHANGES! SLIGHT CHANGES! I am doing the Whole 30 and I loved this, although I did cheat a bit. I ordered some Coconut Aminos, a substitute for Worcestershire sauce, b...

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It had a very loose texture and it was definitely lacking with no beans or sour cream. Guess it's just not my cup of tea? Also- what are tomatoes doing in a paleo recipe?

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WARNING: I DID MAKE A FEW CHANGES! SLIGHT CHANGES! I am doing the Whole 30 and I loved this, although I did cheat a bit. I ordered some Coconut Aminos, a substitute for Worcestershire sauce, b...

This is an AWESOME recipe! The spice mix is so perfect. I have made this twice in the last two days for Christmas parties and have had numerous recipe requests. Paleo purists would not approv...

Made this exactly as written, except that I put it all in the crock pot overnight instead of sauteeing everything. Delicious!!

I am doing a Whole Life Challenge and was craving some chili, but I needed a quick recipe, not a crock pot one. I didn't have chipotle and I can't have Worchestershire, but I substituted coconut...

I used this recipe because the spices that I normally use was gone. I wanted to try something a bit different and I had all the ingredients. I used canned chipotle peppers instead of dried. I al...

Could not be a better seasoning combination !! The only thing I added was a can of organic black beans /kidney beans. Also a 1/2 cup beef broth. Then the smallest bit of cinnamon. Honestly we wi...

I hate to be one of those reviewers who make a bunch of changes to a recipe BUT I think it would only be more delicious made as written! I had beef on hand so that's what I used and I omitted th...

This turned out to be one of my best and favorite dishes. But i kind of cheated. I could not get ahold of a dried chipotle pepper so i just left it out; basically, skipping the first step all t...

I have tried dozens of chili recipes and this is the only one I have returned back to (I love to try new recipes for common dishes) time and time again: it's just that good! All my non paleo fri...