Paleo Cincinnati Chili (w/ options for Instant Pot and Slow Cooker)
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Serves: serves 6 - 8
gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, whole30, keto/low-carb
  • 2 tablespoons Terra Delyssa Olive Oil
  • 1 large yellow or white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs grass-fed ground beef (you can also use ground lamb, chicken or turkey)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef or chicken broth
  • 28oz can organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (tamarin or soy sauce will also work)
  • 1 tablespoon cider or white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
For serving (optional)
  • cooked spaghetti, zucchini noodles, butternut squash or other pasta alternative
  • diced white onions
  • shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 15-ounce can organic kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • fresh cilantro or parsley
  1. In a Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, heat oil until shimmering. Cook onions until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic, sauté for about a minute.
  2. Add the ground beef, along with the chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, oregano, allspice, nutmeg and cloves, red pepper if including. Cook until the meat is just barely lightly browned, breaking into small pieces. About 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add the bay leaf and sea salt. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Once boiling reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. Add the coconut aminos, cider vinegar and cocoa powder. Simmer uncovered until thickened, about one hour. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the bay leaf.
  5. To serve, place some spaghetti or zucchini noodles on a plate or in a bowl, spoon some of the chili over the top or just serve the chili in a big bowl. Garnish as desired.
Recipe by Tasty Yummies at