I know I know when you read the work chili you automatically think beans. But stay with me here.. Lately I’ve gained a lot of inspiration for my cooking from the paleo world. Even though I’m not paleo I resonate with a lot of the recipes I see. Most are simple (major plus) and follow the same clean eating protocol I’m drawn too. No processed foods, limited sugar, lots of vegetables, and animal protein. I follow plenty of food pages on Instagram and love to read recipes in magazines. It seems beanless chili is trending right now. I’ve come across a handful of recipes and each time I think to create my own recipe. So I finally decided to try it out. And damn was this delicious. I dare say you might not even miss the beans. We surely didn’t!!!
Don't get all wrapped up on the word beanless. Instead embrace trying something new. I bet you'll be surprised by how delicious this recipe is!
- 1 butternut squash, peeled/deseeded and chopped into 1” pieces
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1” pieces
- 2 medium zucchini, chopped
- 3 celery, diced small
- 1 onion, diced small
- 4 garlic cloves, minced/pressed
- 26 oz carton fire roasted san marzano tomatoes
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp mild chili powder
- 1 tsp fish sauce*
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 oz prosciutto, chopped
- 1 tbsp ghee or bacon grease
- cilantro, to serve
- jicama, chopped to serve
- Place prepared squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, celery, onion, garlic, fire roasted tomatoes, smoked paprika, chili powder, and fish sauce in crockpot.
- In a large skillet heat up the ghee or bacon grease. Add ground beef and brown.
- Once browned add to crockpot along with chopped prosciutto. Season generously with s&p and stir to combine.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Serve with cilantro leaves and jicama. (I forgot to add the jicama in until after the pictures were taken)
* I cannot take credit for this ingredient. I read about adding fish sauce to chili in a cooking magazine and then came across it again in a blog so I figured it was worth the try! And don’t worry your chili will not taste like fish sauce!!