1/8/16…..Friday Paleo Challenge Day3

 Big shout out to our very own “Big Chris” on making the Academy and even better his newest addition to his beautiful family.  In his words, she’s the newest addition to the UTC/ Checkmat family!  We welcome you Vienna


Paleo Chili 

This recipe feeds about 6 adults (or 3 ravenous Crossfitters). Just multiply the batch if you’ve got a bigger group to feed and an accommodating slow cooker.

1 onion.

4 medium-sized carrots, washed.

1 red bell pepper.

1 green bell pepper.

6 to 8 cleaned mushrooms, your choice. You can also exclude if you don’t like them. I know my kiddo’s aren’t fans.

3 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed.

2 tablespoons of pure tomato paste.

1 large can of organic chopped tomatoes.

4 cups of bone broth, or 4 cups of water and an organic stock cube (no flavor enhancers).

About 2 pounds of ground meat. I love turkey, but you could use beef, or anything else you might like.

Cilantro for garnish.

Coconut oil for a bit of cooking.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Spice mixture

Here’s the real secret to the flavor and boost of my chili…the spices:
1/2 teaspoon of hot chili powder.
2 teaspoons of ground cumin.

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.

1 teaspoon of tumeric. This is a very smart spice, indeed.

1 teaspoon of paprika.

1/2 teaspoon of ground all-spice. I use the Jamaican variety.

 Don’t skip the fresh spices. They’ll change your life, baby.
Cut all of your veggies into a fine dice, or just chuck everything into your food processor for a quick chop.
Warm a bit of your coconut oil in a pan. Add the chopped vegetables and sautée for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic and the spices, then stir. Once your kitchen starts to fill with the aroma, add the tomato paste and mix well.
Add your meat to the vegetable mix and cook until browned all the way through. This takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Once done, put everything in your slow cooker (Don’t forget the liner!). Finally, add the canned tomatoes and the stock, then give it all one last stir through.
Cover, switch the cooker to low, then forget about it. I usually put this on about 7am and let it go for 10 to 11 hours. You can also cook it over night and then put the whole cooker in the fridge in the morning. It will be ready for you later in the day



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