Paleo Chili (mild)

Instead of beans, this recipe uses cubed butternut squash, to make a hearty, paleo chili that will appeal to your whole family.

In order to make this recipe kid-friendly, I had to dial down the heat. So I use more paprika to round out the pepper flavor without adding spice. I do use a little chili powder and cayenne pepper, because I love the flavors, but its not enough to give much heat. If you don’t have to serve this to kids, feel free to dial the heat back up!


1/4 cup olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 bell peppers
6 cloves minced garlic
2 pounds ground beef
salt, to taste
2 Tablespoons ground cumin
2 Tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder (more or less depending on your child’s heat sensors)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less depending on your child’s heat sensors)
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 (15-ounce) can of stewed tomatoes, unstrained (no added ingredients!)
14 – 16 ounces of strained tomatoes (or tomato sauce/tomato puree), no added ingredients!
1 cup beef bone broth
1/2 a butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (optional)
limes, cut in wedges (optional)


Heat olive oil over medium in a large pot. Sauté onion until sweating, about 5 minutes. Stir in minced garlic, and cook another 5 minutes.*

Add the peppers until they begin to sweat. Add the ground beef, turn the heat to medium high and cook until browned. Add salt, cumin, paprika, oregano, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring frequently for about a minute.

Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, and bone broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer over low heat, and cook, uncovered, until meat is tender and broth is thickened, up to 2 hours. In the last 40 minutes of cooking time, add the butternut squash, and adjust the seasonings, if necessary. Cook until squash is tender. Serve with fresh cilantro, limes and red pepper flakes.


* for lowFODMAPs, strain the oil and return to the pan before continuing. Discard the onion and garlic, or let the rest of your family use as a topping.


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