So… I’ve been tossing around the idea of attempting another Whole30. When I scroll through instagram and see the amount of crap I’ve had in the past year, I think even harder about trying again. But, even if I end up not doing one, I’ve committed to having at least one Whole30 meal a day (but I’m shooting for 2).
This chili is SO good. I know carrots may sound like a weird thing to add to chili, but I needed to bulk this chili up after removing the beans, and I had plenty of carrots in the fridge. And it totally worked. This chili is just as delicious as my original (bean heavy) chili, and just as easy to make. And making a huge pot of compliant chili (or soup, or pretty much a huge pot of anything) will make your Whole30 easier. In my opinion, being prepared and having a well stocked kitchen is THE MOST important key to having a successful Whole30, especially in the beginning. That first week SUCKS. And it’s really convenient having good food already cooked and ready to go. If you feel like most of us during that week (like you have a hangover, more than a little homicidal), you’re going to need all the help you can get.
***Not all ingredients are created equally. PLEASE be sure to read the labels of any canned goods/packaged foods you’re buying.***
- 1 lb. of ground pork
- 1 lb. of ground sirloin
- 2 14.5 oz. cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes (with their juices)
- 3 10 oz. cans of mild Rotel (drained)
- 2 T. of tomato paste
- 1 lb. of carrots, peeled and chopped
- 3 bell peppers (any colors); chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 jalapenos; finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/3 c. of Chili powder
- 1/3 c. of ground Cumin
- 2 T. of cayenne pepper
- 2 T. of salt (or more to taste)
- Brown meat in a large skillet. Drain grease & place meat in the bottom of the crock pot.
- Add chopped vegetables (I leave the seeds & membranes with my jalapenos, but remove them if you want to cut the heat a little), the canned vegetables and the seasonings.
- Place the lid on and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours.
Just a note: This chili IS spicy. Since sour cream is not allowed for a Whole30, add some chopped avocado, or even a spoonful of guacamole before serving. It’ll help cool it down a bit.