Crazy Chili Time

Feeling Chili?

This recipe was inspired by the Choco-Espresso Cabbage Chili from the My Paleo Crockpot blog:

What makes chili be chili? I used to think it was beans, tomatoes, and chili spice. Now it’s coffee, cocoa, balsamic, and bone broth… Hmm. Regardless, this is the best dang fall crockpot dish I’ve made in awhile!

2 lbs. ground beef (from my quarter cow)
A few pieces bacon, chopped (or more…much, much more…)
4 cups bone broth (can also use beef broth but I used the homemade bone broth I had on hand)
1 cup coffee (I prefer french pressed) *Ahem: make sure to brew the coffee instead of just adding straight up ground coffee *ahem.
1 large onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
2 TBSP cocoa powder
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
2 TBSP chili powder
1 TBSP cumin
1 TBSP smoked paprika
1 TBSP oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 large cabbage, shredded (Might seem weird, but go for it..)
1 sweet potato chopped into chunks
Avocado for garnish

It’s Easy:
Brown ground beef and put in your crockpot. Sauté onions and bacon together, add to crockpot. Add everything else except the cabbage and whatever garnish you’re using. Cook on high for 3-4 hours then add cabbage and cook for an another 30 minutes. Garnish with avocado and any other toppings. YUM!


  1. Kristin

    Hey! I was wondering if this chili’s caffeine was still potent after you cooked it. I have four wee ones under the age of 7 so not sure if I want to give them coffee chili but it SOUNDS SO INTERESTING AND YUMMO! Thank you for posting all this! I can so relate to ALL of your story. Just took a year hiatus on fixing my gut and pouted my whole way through and got sicker and sicker. Now ready to get back in the game again of health.

  2. Emily Delahunty

    Kristin, thanks for stopping by! It’s great to hear that you’re back in the game. I know it can be intimidating- I’m about to try GAPs myself and even though I preach it, I’m finding a hard time wrapping my mind around practicing it! I do think the caffeine in the chili would still be potent after cooking it. I always use decaf for myself, so if you’re comfortable with your kiddos having a little decaf with their chili, go for it! You could also do less coffee and more broth and it probably wouldn’t be too different. Let me know what you think of it!

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