Everyone in my house is so excited for the Super Bowl this Sunday! You see, we are Bronco fans. Need I say more? Our love for the Broncos started back in the early 90's when we called Colorado our home. That is where we started our family and spend a good decade in the beautiful Rockies. It's almost near impossible not to become a fan of this team when you live there. Most people are and it is infectious!
Being that both of my sons were born there, that is where their roots are and I know that Colorado will always have a special place in our heart. To be honest, my husband was not a fan at first. Actually, he felt quite the opposite as us which made football season very "interesting". But then, a miracle happened and he bleeds orange and blue too! Even though we have been gone from Colorful Colorado for many years, some loves just never die.
This game means so much to Bronco fans. We are in dire need of redemption from our Super Bowl disaster two years ago. Ouch! What a painful day that was! And then there is Peyton. Don't you just love him? Such a great guy, a talented player, he deserves this win. Whoever your team is this year, root for the Broncos, okay? No, just kidding (but not really), just have a great time and eat good food! Speaking of good food, I would like to introduce you to my chili recipe.
We all need a nice, hearty chili recipe in our arsenal and that is exactly what this recipe brings- heartiness! The combination of sweet potato and grass-fed ground beef is a winner. It's full of flavor and is something that can be enjoyed all year long.
When most people think of chili, they think of beans. You may notice there are no beans in this chili. I absolutely love beans but some people in my house, who shall remain nameless, don't exactly digest beans very well if you know what I mean. So I try to limit them when possible. And with all of the flavors going on here, you will not miss them.
If you have no problems with beans, by all means add some in. On the other hand, if you are vegetarian, completely leave out the meat and add in the beans or more veggies. You can't go wrong as this chili recipe is pretty forgiving.
So whether you are hosting a group of people for dinner or needing a game day bowl of chili, this is a great choice as it is versatile and a real crowd pleaser.
1 1/2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
1 red onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
2 bell peppers, diced (color of your choice)
2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
4 cups vegetable broth
1 28 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
2 1/2 Tbs chili powder
1/8 tsp chipotle powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 Tbs coconut oil for frying pan
Fresh cilantro, chopped
1. Prep all of your vegetables. In a large pot or dutch oven, put in the carrots, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, vegetable broth, and fire roasted tomatoes and cook over medium-high heat with the lid on. When it starts to boil, remove the lid and lower the heat to medium.
2. Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Then add the onions and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the ground beef. Cook for about 5 minutes and then add all of the spices to the beef mixture. Stir well to combine thoroughly. Once the beef has been cooked thoroughly, drain any excess juices or fat.
3. Add the beef mixture to the large pot of vegetables. By this point, your sweet potatoes may be close to being done or you may still have a few minutes to go. Just give everything a thorough stir to mix well and allow to cook until the sweet potatoes are fork tender, but not too soft.
4. Divide the chili into individual serving bowls and garnish with some cilantro and avocado if desired. This recipe serves about 8 people.