Award-Winning Chili (Paleo, Keto, Whole 30)

PREP TIME:  20 minutes
TOTAL TIME:  1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef 
  • 1 pound bacon-ensure it’s sugar-free (diced)
  • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 red bell pepper; seeded and chopped (1 female, 1 male)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers; seeded and chopped
  • 2 poblano peppers-medium; seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups beef stock homemade (as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1½ tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoon onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

Cut bacon into small pieces and cook until crisp in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Drain bacon from grease, keep grease to use later and set bacon aside in another bowl.

In the same stock pot, crumble the hamburger and cook until cooked thoroughly. Drain of any excess liquid and discard. Set hamburger aside in the same bowl as the bacon.

In the same stock pot, dump in diced red bell pepper, diced jalapenos and diced poblanos and saute with some bacon grease until soft. 2-3 minutes. Add in diced onion and saute further until onions are translucent. 2-3 minutes. Dump in remaining bacon grease and tomato paste and mix together. 1-2 minutes.

Next, add in all diced tomatoes with juice and bring to a boil, then immediately bring back down to medium heat. Add in all your spices here and let simmer for 7-10 minutes.

If your family isn’t a big fan of chunks of vegetables, here is the moment that you blend everything up into a nice smooth texture. I do this for my picky texture eaters.

Once blended, add in the cooked bacon and hamburger meat and let simmer for 20 minutes. Use this time to taste test, and add in more seasonings until the flavor matches what you’re going for. I typically add in more garlic, coriander and cumin here, then salt until I get the zing! that I’m going for.

Note: For my keto eaters, serve with a handful of shredded cheese.

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