How To Make Legume-Less Chili

How To Make Legume-Less Chili

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You can still have healthy, delightful chili at home that’s really quite good for you.

Grass-fed beef or bison, onions, garlic, tomatoes and carrots, and unprocessed cocoa can make an exquisite chili meal.


  • 2-3 slices uncured bacon, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs ground grass-fed beef or bison, or one of each
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups water or vegetarian broth
  • 1 ¬†14 1/2 oz can diced, organic tomatoes
  • Half bag of mini carrots, nothing else added
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Hot sauce, sea¬†salt, and black pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, over medium heat, cook bacon for a few minutes until slightly brown and some fat has been rendered out.
  2. Add chopped onion and stir with bacon.
  3. When the onions are semi-translucent, add garlic and stir.
  4. Cook a few minutes longer.
  5. Add ground beef/bison to pan and cook over medium-low heat until brown throughout and no pink remains.
  6. Add coconut oil if more fat is needed.
  7. Drain if necessary without losing onions and garlic.
  8. Add spices, water/broth, tomatoes, and carrots and stir well to combine.
  9. Cover and simmer over low heat for one hour, stirring every twenty minutes to prevent sticking.
  10. Add vinegar and cocoa powder and stir well, then simmer uncovered for another 20 minutes.
  11. Season with sea salt, black pepper and hot sauce to taste.