Chili takes me back to my childhood. Seriously, growing up in Hawaii there was a local restaurant chain that served great plate lunches and the best chili – which was served on top of bowl of white rice. This is Hawaiian style. We serve EVERYTHING over white rice.
But since moving to California nearly 20 years ago, I’ve missed my Zippy’s chili. It was so comforting to eat on cold days – and heck, even in warm weather. Garnished with some freshly chopped onions and cheese… yep, I’m drooling now.
As much as I loved that chili, I don’t love all the ingredients in it. I don’t know where the beef is from. I have no idea where the spices or vegetables are sourced. And frankly, I’m always up for the challenge to make a real-food version of my favorite childhood recipes.
It took some testing, but I came up with a delicious, comforting – and dare I say – best Paleo chili recipe ever. It really comes down to spices and good-quality, grass-fed beef. I also added bone broth – because it’s so nourishing to the gut and I’m always looking for ways to get more bone broth in my diet. And I know what you’re thinking… beans are Paleo? I do like to eat them on occasion and don’t find that they have an effect on my digestion, but if they do for you, then simply omit them from the recipe.
I served this over white rice and my kids went nuts over it. They actually declared it the best chili recipe ever. And it was a cinch to make since most of the cooking was done in the slow cooker.
You could also serve it over Cauliflower Rice or even zucchini noodles.
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- 2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
- 2 tbsp lard or ghee
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped (save 1/4 cup for garnish)
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp Coconut Aminos or Gluten-Free Tamari
- 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp dried oregano flakes
- 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
- 1 (24-oz) can or jar of canned tomatoes
- 1 cup water or bone broth
- 1 cup canned kidney beans or white beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup sour cream
- In a large sauce pan on medium heat, add lard or ghee and add onion, garlic, and beef. Stir for 2-3 minutes.
- Add Coconut Aminos or Tamari, vinegar, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, oregano and salt.
- Cook until beef is browned and thoroughly cooked.
- Transfer beef mixture to a slow cooker on high heat.
- Add tomatoes and juice from can to a blender and pulse until it become tomato sauce. Add tomato sauce, beans, water or bone broth to slow cooker.
- Keep slow cooker setting on high and cook for 2-3 hours.
- Serve with white rice, Cauliflower Rice, or cooked pasta noodles, and garnish with cheese, onion and sour cream.
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