Primal (no-bean) Chili

So, for logistical purposes, I don’t actually have to define the chili as being “no-bean”. That’s because chili, by it’s definition, doesn’t require beans. Only “a thick sauce of meat and chilis”.

Now, I understand that beans are quite popular in chili, but not if you’re in Texas. Or if you’re trying to avoid beans.

Impossible you say? Not so. In fact, it’s simple. Just leave them out.

Here is a Saturday night recipe; while you’re watching the 49ers beat the Saints in the NFC playoffs, while your fiance is at school for the opera performance.

For those of you that like to measure, these amounts are approximate. I don’t like to measure. I just add stuff.

You will need:
4 slices nitrate-free bacon
1 pound ground beef – 85/15 or 90/10 is good.
1-1.5 pounds of stew meat
1 medium red onion – chopped
1 medium yellow onion – chopped
1 red bell pepper – chopped
1 green bell pepper – chopped
1-2 jalapeño peppers – minced
8 ounces white mushrooms – chopped
3 cans diced tomatoes, no salt added (14 oz. each)
8 oz. dry red wine
1/2 tsp dry ginger
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dry mustard
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
2-3 tsp ground black pepper
5 tsp chili powder – add more to taste
salt to taste

1. Chop Bacon into small pieces and cook in a pot over medium heat.
2. While cooking bacon, chop all vegetables.
3. When bacon is cooked, add onion and cook until translucent. (4-5 minutes)
4. When onion is translucent, add bell pepper, jalapeno pepper and mushroom and cook, about 5 minutes more.
5. Depending on the size of your pot, you may have to set aside the vegetables in order to brown the meat.
6. Brown the meat over medium to medium-high heat.
7. Combine all cooked ingredients.
8. Add spices. Stir to combine.
9. Add tomatos and wine. Stir to combine.
10. Bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 hours.
11. After about an hour, feel free to taste and adjust spice accordingly.
12. If you are avoiding dairy, or engaging in a clean Paleo diet, garnish with green onion and avocado slices. Otherwise, sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese are tasty.
13. Try to convince yourself that you really need the beans….

So, this is by no means the only way to make chili without beans. The point however, is that there really isn’t as much lacking as you might think.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Thoughts? Comments?

-Nick

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