Easy Paleo Chili Recipe

My in-laws were in Louisiana a few months ago and they brought me this jar of chili seasoning from Avery Island (the home of Tabasco Sauce). It has been sitting on my shelf for some time. As part of getting back to eating a paleo diet, my wife and I were recently cleaning out our pantry of non-paleo junk and almost tossed it. I decided to give the ingredients a look and was actually surprised by what I found:

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Not a single non-paleo looking ingredient! No preservatives or anything artificial. While some may not consider it 100% paleo, I decided to use it. However one little jar wasn’t going to be enough to make enough chili for my family of six so I had to do some improvising. So here is another one of my “not-really-a-recipe” recipes:

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chuck roast cut into 1/4″ sized pieces
  • 1 whole white onion, chopped
  • 1 jar of Tabasco 7 Spice Chili Recipe
  • 1 15 oz can of organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic
  • ground cumin to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. In a 10 or 12 inch skillet, heat one tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the meat and onions and cook until the meat is browned.
  3.  Add the Tabasco jar, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and cumin to the pan.
  4. Stir everything together until well mixed then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Put in a bowl and enjoy!

Everybody loved it. Even the little ones who aren’t crazy about “spicy” food. It really helped for them that we added all the extra ingredients so it was more on the mild side. (and then I can still add all the extra hotness to my own bowl that I want!)

If you decide to try it out leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Is the “Paleo Diet” really a diet?

Diet … what do you think of when you hear the word “diet”? Here’s what comes to my mind:

  • bathroom scales
  • being hungry
  • counting calories
  • being hungry
  • temporary
  • hungry … so hungry
  • losing weight
  • did I mention that I’m hungry?
  • rules

Does the “paleo diet” fit in here? Should we even call it the “paleo diet”?

No and no!

What? you want a better explanation than just “no”? Fine … 🙂

The big keys to why paleo is NOT a diet are the following:

  • It is not supposed to be “temporary”.
    Paleo is a lifestyle and should be a permanent one. Paleo isn’t supposed to be something you do for two weeks to drop 10 pounds before your high school reunion.
  • You should never really feel hungry eating paleo.
    Now I’m not saying that you will never ever ever feel any hunger at all. What I mean is that if you are eating healthy paleo meals, you will easily last until your next meal without getting hunger pangs or the feeling that if you don’t have a snack that your stomach might start eating you from the inside out. Once you have been eating a healthy paleo diet for a month or so (maybe even less) you will find that it’s not too hard to skip a meal (whether intentional or not) without feeling like you’re going to pass out or being able to think about nothing but food.
  • Eating paleo food is not about losing weight.
    Wait … what? Not about losing weight? Huh?
    Don’t worry, if you’re overweight and eating paleo to lose weight then you absolutely can! But what if you don’t need to lose weight? What if you need to gain weight? Paleo is about being healthy. Losing weight if you’re overweight is just a “side effect” of being healthy! 🙂
  • Paleo isn’t full of “rules”.
    Granted there are some big do’s and don’ts if you want to follow a paleo way of eating, but most of the “rules” are more like guides than what you find in other “diets”. (you can check out the basics on my page What is the paleo diet?)

So am I going to keep referring to paleo as a “diet”?

Yep!

Hey! You just gave us a whole page about why it’s not a diet! What gives?

What gives is that I want people to find my blog! I want as many people as possible to learn about paleo and improve their health. That means using the word “diet”. Using Google’s keyword tool I found that globally, people search for “paleo diet” over 300,000 times a month, but only about 27,000 times for “paleo food”. So even though I will continue using the term “diet”, keep in mind that it is really a “lifestyle”.