Paleo Chilli Con Carne (With a tiny bit of dark chocolate!)

by - February 03, 2017

Rich, spicy chilli con carne packed with vegetables minus the standard kidney beans and with a decadent addition of dark chocolate...

This is a great meal to make on a Sunday if you're doing a food prep day or any day you can because it keeps in the fridge and you can portion it out for lunches and dinners and freeze it if you've made loads. 

It takes about 40 minutes in total including prep time. 

I used dark chocolate with coffee from M&S that I got for Christmas and it was very subtle but I knew it was in there and that made it special. It's tiny but if you really don't want any sugar in your food then of course, omit it. 

As it was my first time cooking with a scotch bonnet chilli (the yellow guy) I just added a bit at a time, gave it a few minutes to infuse and then tasted it before adding more because it's a little uncertain just HOW HOT it's going to turn out. Make sure you chop them up extremely finely or else some poor sucker is going to get a fat chunk in their mouthful and know allllll about it! 

See my big fat chilli chunks? It's like roulette! 

1 tin of chopped tomatoes 
500 beef or pork mince
Two big handfuls of mushrooms, chopped
Bacon if you've got it, chopped
Green veg like broccoli, kale, green peppers
One red pepper, chopped
Paprika 2 tsp
1 Onion, diced
4 Garlic cloves, chopped finely
Olive or coconut oil for frying
25g dark chocolate
Couple of fresh tomatoes to serve (optional)
Avocado to serve (optional)
Natural Yoghurt/coconut yoghurt to keep it paleo to serve (optional)

How To Make
Heat your coconut or olive oil in a big pan
Add the onions and garlic for 3 minutes on low
Add the mince and bacon, if you have it and brown it for about 5 minutes still on low
Add the tomatoes, paprika and chilli and bring to the boil
Turn it down low and add the veg and chocolate
Simmer for about 12 minutes
Season to taste

This way, the veg won't be totally ruined and will still retain a nice bite and all the lovely nutrients.

Serve on courgetti with a handful of cool-your-mouth-down aids such as sliced avocado, coconut cream, natural yoghurt and some fresh tomatoes and a sprinkle of black pepper. 

Yeah this one has beans in it because I was going old school but they're not important.

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