All this rainy weather makes me want to just make warm, filling, comfort foods. The good thing about Paleo is my waistline doesn’t care! Victory! So anyway, you combine dreary days with Angel working late every night and you get A LOT of comfort foods! Haha.
So, I’ve been itchin to make some recipes with chipotle and I really couldn’t tell you why. Sometimes, I just want what I want. So this is a bison chili. It is a little spicy, with a rustic flavor from the chipotle chili pepper and the meat itself. And don’t think just because its soooo lean (90% lean) its going to be chewy and gross, because its not. It is full of rich, tender flavor, so trust me on this one. If you STILL don’t trust me, then just use ground turkey or beef…it will still be delicious!
Chipotle Bison Chili
2 lbs ground Grassfed Bison
1 Tbsp Adobo Seasoning
1 Tbsp Fat/Oil
1 Sweet Onion
3 Garlic cloves
1 Green Pepper
½ cup Water
1 cup Beef Broth
26oz Crushed Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder*
1 Tbsp Ground Chipotle Pepper
1 ½ tsp Cumin
Sea Salt and Pepper (to taste, ~ 1 tsp each)
10 Basil Leaves
*Optional: Arrowroot will thicken the chili
*Optional: Chipotle Lime Creme (coming soon! …like tomorrow ;)
Peel and dice the carrots, onions, garlic and green pepper, keep them separated.
Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat (7). Add the carrots and sauté about 2 minutes. Then add the onions stir until golden brown (caramelized). Once golden, add the green peppers, garlic, arrowroot, chili powder, arrowroot, chipotle pepper, and cumin. Stir until incorporated.
Mix the meat with the adobo seasoning. Then add it to the vegetables and stir, cooking until no longer pink. Once cooked, add the tomatoes, water and beef broth. Stir to incorporate, season with sea salt and pepper, then turn down the heat to medium-low (3).
Technically, the chili is done, but I like to let it simmer on medium-low for a while. You can cover the pot or leave it uncovered, but the longer you let it sit, the more the flavors will mingle. Maybe 10 minutes before serving, add the chopped basil leaves and stir in. I like to save a few to garnish on the top as well.
I’ve found that a lot of people that like chipotle seasoning like this Chipotle Lime Crema as well…which was pretty tasty on our chili. Give it a whirl, its easy to make ;)