Janet and I love chili, yet in all of our years together, (23 now!), and ever since I've been cooking, somehow I'd never made chili before - until now! Yep. I got bit by a strong desire to create an organic, gluten-free version of this food we love. And then I went to town. I googled and looked over multiple on-line recipes, (which I encourage everyone to do), and honed in on several. From those suggestions, as well as a few of my own ideas, I've created this really delicious and super healthy chili recipe' perfect for Super Bowl Sunday and any other time as well. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do! (This recipe' uses grass-fed beef. Feel free to use your clean protein of choice - turkey, chicken, lamb, pork, bison, etc!)
- Sweet Potato/Yam - Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
(Use everything grass-fed/organic including spices by Frontier and only canned items having BPA-free lining. Also, make all chopped ingredients similar bite-sizes.)
- 10 medium-size sweet potatoes or yams, washed, dried, and poked with fork holes
- 2 lbs. of chopped beef
- 2 (15 ounce) cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed well (I use Eden Organic)
- 1 (15 ounce) can of diced tomatoes (I use Bionaturae)
- 1/2 bottle (12 ounces) of strained tomatoes (I use Bionaturae)
- 1/2 medium-size red onion, rough chop
- 3 medium-size carrots, peeled and cut
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced (I use a garlic press)
- Optional: Grass-fed raw milk cheese of your choice -Monterrey jack, cheddar, etc.
Spices & Herbs
- 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 cinnamon stick (remove after 20-30 minutes depending upon your taste)
- Sea salt or pink salt & ground black pepper to taste (AVOID using salt containing anti-caking additives.)
- Place prepped sweet potatoes/yams on top of foil on a low oven rack. Let bake for 1 1/2 hours. (These potatoes will melt in your mouth when done!)
- Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet or a pot. Season with sea/pink salt and black ground pepper. Cook over medium heat until evenly browned, (approx. 10 min).
- Add diced and strain tomatoes and stir together with meat contents making sure to scrape up any browned meat at the bottom of the pan.
- Add approximately 20 ounces of filtered water.
- Stir in kidney beans, carrots, green pepper, onion and minced garlic.
- Season contents with all spices, reserving the final 1 teaspoon of chili powder for later.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Approximately 20 minutes before serving taste for seasoning adjustments. You may opt to add the final 1 teaspoon of chili powder at this time.
- When sweet potatoes/yams are done, cut in half lengthwise and plate. Add a generous portion of chili on top of each potato. Grate some fresh cheese directly over your "chili boat" if you please!
- When it comes to the Super Bowl, this is a time I recommend you enjoy your food with the televison ON! Feast with your family & friends while watching the Game, the noteworthy commercials, Half-Time Show and/or the very adorable Puppy Bowl! All done with a smile, laugh and gratitude.
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