As I sat outside this morning doing my facial reflexology, I was tempted to put on a sweater. It was a bit chilly! Which, of course made me think of chili.
I have tried so many chili recipes over the years, and the majority were just mediocre with some being downright gross! Yet, I have always kept at it, trying one or two new recipes a year in the hope of finding the one that would become MY chili recipe. See, I’m the type of girl who watches Hallmark moves and the Gilmore Girls on repeat. I love seasonal traditions, and Holidays, and when I think of the cold half of the year, I can smell a warm crock pot of chili simmering in the kitchen. So, you see how not having one that actually tastes delicious can ruin this fantasy?
Recently, I was looking for some ways to get more sweet potatoes into our diet when I came across this Paleo Sweet Potato Chili on the Tastes of Lizzy T website. I decided to try it in the hope that it would be yummy enough to keep in the rotation, but I wasn’t expecting it to end up being THE chili recipe I had been looking for all of these years. It was so good in fact, that my husband and five year old son repeatedly commented on how I was going to have to make it again, and often! Please, give it a try and let me know if you agree.
Paleo Sweet Potato Chili
-2 lbs hamburger (we prefer high fat ground like 20%)
– 1 red onion chopped
-1 tsp. minced garlic (I used closer to 2 TBSP)
-1 can tomato sauce 29.5 oz
-2 c. petite diced tomatoes with juice
-3 c. beef stock
-1 c. carrots sliced
-5 c. sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
-2 bay leaves
-1/2 tsp. thyme
-2 tsp. salt
-1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
-1/2 c. chili powder (I used 1/4 c. because my little isn’t into spicy)
-dash of oregano
-dash of red pepper flakes (these I skipped)
- In a large sauce pan, brown hamburger, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
- Place browned ground beef into slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients and let it simmer on low all day (6-8 hours or 4-5 hours on high)
Serves 10 according to the original recipe but even if you go back for seconds you’ll most likely have leftovers.
It tastes great with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of shredded cheddar if that’s your thing. I served ours with crusty buttered sourdough.