Thursday, November 21, 2013

Paleo Beef & Mushroom Chili

Paleo Beef & Mushroom Chili
From my friend Monica who adapted it from Food Blogger Jenna Weber's recipe

1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1.5 pounds ground beef, 85%
1 tsp minced garlic
10 oz. portabella mushrooms
1 15-oz. tomato sauce
1 10-oz. can rotel
½ cup brewed coffee
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 ½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. When hot, add oil and onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add ground beef and garlic and cook until browned. Once meat has browned, add mushrooms and stir well, cooking for 5 more minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, rotel and coffee. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Add bay leaf, chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne. Simmer on low for 45 minutes (or longer!), stirring often.

Review: This is definitely the chili for mushroom lovers. It's excellent and so filling. I like that it's thicker too - very hearty and you just don't miss the beans. The coffee gives it a nice flavor, but really, to me, the mushrooms are the star of this recipe. This is a staple at our house; I alternate each week making this chili and this one.

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