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Paleo No-Bean Chili

No-Bean Chili

Now, that you are a full-fledged Paleo enthusiast, you know that beans are out, meat and greens are in, but what kind of chili does that make? At first hearing, a no-bean chili may sound a bit boring – it’s not the same! We hear you, and we are here to tell you that a no-bean chili is anything but boring. It’s not about the beans, it’s about all the other treasures that simmer inside.

Put any notion of beans aside, and invest in one and a half pounds of bison meat instead. Any ground meat will do, but bison is best, we’ve tried and tested this one, even perfected it to taste in a meatball stew. There is a long and comprehensive list of why you should include bison meat in your diet, here is the condensed version: wonderful source of lean protein, helps prevent iron deficiency, full of high-energy B vitamins, rich in Omega 3s, most likely grass-fed, contains few (if any) antibiotics or growth hormones, and bison are also beneficial for the environment due to their grazing patterns and habits.

What is good for the Earth, is good for you. If you’ve never tried bison before, now is the perfect time to discover an ancient food. Cook it as you would beef or chicken, and the opportunities for exciting dinners are endless – bison tacos, stuffed spaghetti squash, or a reinvention of the classic burger with a portobello bun.

No-Bean Chili Recipe

Serves: 5Prep: 15 minCook: 30 min

Protein: 34g / %

Carbs: 13g / %

Fat: 26g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground bison
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 oz. can plum tomatoes
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnishing
  • Ghee, for cooking
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add some ghee to a large pan placed over a medium-high heat; brown the ground bison meat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, then cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. Add the plum tomatoes and tomato sauce, water, spices, bay leaf and sweet potato.
  4. Cover and let it simmer on low heat for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally during the cooking process.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and garnish with cilantro before serving.
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