Sweet Potato Beef Chili

We are a chili loving family over here! This is my favorite so far because it isn’t too spicy but has tons of depth of flavor from the baked sweet potatoes, spices, herbs, and vegetables. I bought 2 pounds of grass fed ground beef from our favorite meat shop, Bel Campo Meat Co and this was a perfect way to enjoy it for a few days on top of cauliflower rice, plain rice, with corn chips and topped with fresh chilies, cilantro, freshly squeezed lime juice, or cheddar cheese if you eat dairy. I hope you like it as much as we do!!

Ingredients:

2 pounds organic grass fed ground beef (feel free to use bison or ground chicken or turkey if you prefer)

2 tablespoons avocado oil

3 large red onions finely chopped

7 cloves of garlic finely chopped or put through a garlic press

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon Ancho chili powder

½ tsp cayenne pepper (add more if you want it really spicy)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 bay leaves

2 26 oz box of fire roasted or plain chopped tomatoes (recommended brand Pomi, Bionaturae )

3 large baked sweet potatoes peeled and mashed (I wash them, remove any spots or blemishes, and bake them whole on a sheet tray in a 400 degree oven for an hour until they are very soft, let them cool, peel the skin off and use the sweet insides, feel free to chop up the skin and put it in there if you wish!)

4 green bell peppers finely chopped

2 cups cooked great northern white beans-I soak the dry organic white beans over night, changing the water a few times, rinse them very well, and simmer them for at least an hour in filtered water until they are tender and cooked through)

1 cup of water

Optional toppings:

Fresh organic cilantro

Organic corn chips

Organic jalapeños

Finely chopped sweet red onion

Fresh lime (highly recommended! The acid balances the sweet and savory chili so well!)

Vinegary hot sauce such as All Good or Tapatio

Directions

Brown the ground beef in the avocado oil. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes until softened. Toast all of the spices in a small heavy bottomed sauté pan until fragrant, keep a close eye on them as they will burn quickly. Add spices to the ground beef mixture, stir to combine. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the pot, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and let simmer for 3 hours stirring every 20 minutes or so and checking the bottom of the pot to be sure it isn’t sticking or burning. Add a cup of water if it gets too thick. Serve with toppings of your choice! This chili is savory and a little sweet from the sweet potatoes and is kicked up a notch with a squeeze of lime and a dash of hot sauce. Dress this chili up!!

Health/Cooking Tip: choose grass fed pasture raised meats when ever it is possible. Remember, you eat what the animal you eat eats. Cows are designed to eat grass; chickens should be free roaming and able to eat bugs, greens, and other goodies aside from the corn and soy feed they get in confined animal feed operations (CAFO's). Animals that are fed the standard GMO soy and corn feed and are kept in dirty cramped lots get very sick and require constant antibiotics and growth hormones to keep them from dying before they are big enough to slaughter for a profit. 80% of ALL the antibiotics in the United States are given to livestock animals. How crazy is that?!?! Plus, meat from grass fed animals contain 2-4 times more healthy Omega-3’s and less inflammatory Omega-6’s, are richer in alpha and conjugated linoleic acids that are proven cancer fighters, and higher in vitamins B and E compared to confined conventionally raised animals. Eat less meat but choose the best quality possible, that is what we do!