Texas Style Paleo Chili

The other day I asked a question on Twitter, “What did you have to eat on #MostlyMeatMonday ??”. While there were some great responses, the one that stuck out and inspired me was from Paleoonabudget; “3 kinds of meat chili”.

I’m sure I have ,mentioned this before, but I was a chef for 17 years, and part of that time I was working in a Mexicali style restaurant. We had 3 different types of chili that we served there: A regular beef and bean, a vegetarian and a Texas style. I love Chili. The words “3 kinds of meat chili” got me salivating and put a fire in me. I just had to make some right away.

Texas Style Paleo Chili


  1. 2 lbs Stewing Beef (preferably pastured)
  2. 1 lrg Onion (diced)
  3. 3 Bell Peppers (green, red, orange – diced)
  4. 1 lrg White Yam (diced)
  5. 1 sm tin Tomato Paste
  6. 4 tbsp Paprika
  7. 3 tbsp Ground Cumin
  8. 3 tbsp Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
  9. 1 tbsp Ground Coriander
  10. 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  11. 1 tbsp Honey
  12. 1 tsp Black Pepper
  13. 1 tsp Cocoa Powder
  14. 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  15. Salt
  16. Water
  17. Fat


  • Check to see if your stewing beef is cut into bite sized pieces. If not, re cut, place in a bowl and set aside.
  • Place a large pot on med/high heat and add some fat to it. When it starts to smoke a bit, add the diced onions.
  • Sweat the onions for a minute or two and then add in the beef. Stir until all of the meat has browned.
  • Add the bell peppers. Stir for a few minutes.
  • Add in all of the spices and stir until completely mixed together.
  • Add in the tomato paste and enough water to just under the top of the mixture.
  • Add in the honey, cover and turn down to a low simmer for an 1 1/2 hours. (remember to check and stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick and burn to the bottom of the pot).
  • Season with salt to taste and add in the cilantro.

One thought on “Texas Style Paleo Chili

  • February 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Made this tonight, it was fantastic!


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