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Texas chili isn't like the bean and ground meat chilis most people are trying to pass off as authentic. There are, in fact, no beans whatsoever, which makes Texas chili a perfect paleo dish.
Clearly, the fact that I've laced mine with shredded cheddar and sour cream negates all those good paleo intentions, but you could swap those for avocado. You really should keep the cilantro though, no excuses.
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Makes a lot
- 3 dried ancho peppers, stemmed and seeded
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
- 2 tablespoons whole coriander
- 1 tablespoon cumin seed
- 2 tsp. chili powder (more if you like it spicier)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 3 pounds grass-fed beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1/2 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
- 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, hand crushed
- 1 cinnamon stick (or tsp. ground cinnamon)
1. In a dry pan, over low heat, add the ancho peppers, oregano, paprika, coriander, cumin, and chili powder.
2. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
3. Grind the spices in a food processor until they are powdered. Set aside. (This should make several servings of Texas chili spice, btw.)
4. Add olive oil and onions to a large stew pot and heat over medium. Cook until the onions are soft and begin to caramelize, about 10 minutes.
5. Season cubed beef with salt and pepper. Add it to the pot and cook, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
6. Add 2 tablespoons of the toasted spice mix, the garlic, chipotle, tomatoes, and cinnamon. Season with salt and stir well.
7. Add some hot water until the meat is just covered with liquid. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover, and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
8. Serve topped with cilantro, avocado, sour cream, cheese, and/or lime wedges.