Thursday, August 11, 2011

Smokey Chili with Bacon, Chicken and Steak

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Chicken tenderloin - 8 oz. ground
Top round steak - 11.2 oz. ground
Bacon - 6 strips diced (I used hickory smoked, any will do)
Yellow onions - 2 diced
Campari tomatoes - 9 diced
Caned diced tomato - 14.5 oz. = 1 can
Caned tomato paste - 6 oz. = 1 small can
Chicken broth - low sodium, 3 cups
80% dark chocolate - 2 squares = 2 oz.
Haas avocado, -1 diced
Almond flour - 2 tbs.
Garlic - 7 cloves, minced
Pickled chili peppers - 1 red, 1 green (optional: I pickled these myself, no preservatives)
Apple cider vinegar - 2 tbs.

Oregano - 2 tsp.
Paprika - 2 tsp.
Chili powder - 2 tsp.
Basil - 1 tsp.
Cayenne pepper - 2 tsp…. 1 if you can’t take the heat
Red pepper flakes - pinch = 1/8 tsp.
Salt - 3 tsp.
Pepper - 2 tsp.            

1. Heat a large pot to medium-low. Chop bacon and two medium sized onions, add onions once bacon starts to darken up.

2. Place  steak in food processor or blender and set to food chop. Turn on and off as needed and use a plastic spoonula to move around until all is smooth. Move to medium bowl, continue on with room temperature chicken tenderloins, placing 4 at a time, grinding and placing in same bowl. Optional: any choice of chicken breast will do, just chop into manageable pieces before placing in blender.

3. Add minced garlic, once it begins to soften add 2 tbs, of almond flour (acts as a thickening agent) and stir. Add spices to ground meat bowl, mix and add to pot. Cook until all the pink is gone, about 5-6 minutes, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon.

4.  Add fresh diced tomatoes, can of diced tomatoes, tomato paste and stir.  Stir in 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth and continue simmering for 20 minutes with lid on.

5. Add dark chocolate (since it's dark and bitter, it adds a depth to the smokey flavors), as well as, 2 tbs. of apple cider vinegar and stir. Cook another 20-30 minutes on low. Flavors blend well with time, check for salt and pepper and add chili peppers to the pot if desired. 

6. Serve in a bowl, garnish with a few pieces of diced haas avocado and enjoy.


  1. This looks amazing, and so healthy.
    I am really surprised about the chocolate. Beautiful presentation too

  2. Thank you! The dark chocolate really adds to the smokey flavors, cause it's bitter and not sweet. Hope you try it out!

  3. I am really looking forward to seeing more of your amazing one pan creations. You use flavors that I enjoy in exciting ways. Please keep them coming!

  4. Great to hear, thank you so much :) I will definitely keep that in mind for a new dish!


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