It’s another cold winter, and Doug is at it again. He made chili. He makes it once a year. Last year he knocked it out of the park with this five bean chili. He changes it every year. He made his five-bean chili again this year, but just for me, made a pot without beans and without cumin. If you think food bloggers love all spices, you are mistaken. I don’t like cumin, not even the smell of it. I will on occasion eat it, but probably not more than once a year.
His genius in this recipe was mixing up the flavor a bit with Italian sausage and paprika. Italian sausage, paprika and chili powder don’t usually find themselves together, but the paprika gave the ground beef the oomph it needed. This can also serve for a taco filling, or a taco salad.
The big surprise was finding some process pictures on my kitchen computer and a hand-written recipe. He said “you’ll want to blog your bean-less chili.” Well, now, I have a sous blogger in the kitchen. This is fantastic. How can I get him to do more of this?
Actually, he’s very involved with Spinach Tiger. He is on a serious learning curve for video, which we are excited to roll out. He is a super taster, so I never worry about the quality of my recipes, and he has just made it his goal to learn everything about quality video in a serious way.
There’s a no cheese way to eat this too!
He used to work for Apple, is very tech minded with anything music/computer, so the crossover should be a breeze. This is great support. If I can free myself of left brain work, I can stay more creative. It’s a perfect joint effort. He says he actually enjoys editing video. I would rather do push ups. That’s how he feels about shooting food. I could spend an hour photographing a dish and eating it cold and then deciding I hate the photo and do it all over again.
He would rather shoot his foot that shoot his food.
But, we both agree on eventually eating it. I loved the no beans chili with ground beef and Italian sausage. It’s Paleo friendly, and versatile.
No Beans Chili with Ground Beef and Sausage
- 1 1/4 pound grass fed ground beef
- 1 pound Italian sausage
- 1/2 red pepper diced
- 1/2 yellow pepper diced
- 1/2 hot chili pepper diced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 3 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- avocado for garnish
- cheddar cheese for garnish
- sour cream for garnish
- Dice the onions and peppers. Brown the meat in a large skillet. When almost brown, add half the chili powder, peppers, and onions and stir in with the meat and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes, then add one can of diced tomatoes. Cook another couple of minutes. Then empty skillet into a crock pot with all the remaining ingredients. Add more or less cayenne pepper to taste. Mix well, then slow cook for 6 hours.
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