Elk Mountain Chili
Keto + Paleo Friendly | 2 Versions
Living in the mountains of Colorado it should not be a surprise to you that we hunt for wild game to fill our freezer. Elk, mule deer, antelope “speed-goat”, trout, and other freshwater fish; supply us with much-needed protein. Wild game honestly is the healthiest meat you can come across.
The fact that we can harvest, process, and package all our meat is amazing and incredible and truly allows us to eat nose to tail. We try using every bit of the animals we harvest. What we don’t eat or use gets fed to the dogs. They also love the bones and have an infinite amount of those to chomp on it seems like.
As I start adding my own recipes to my blog a lot of them you will see will be wild game, so if that’s your jam you are in the right place!
My Elk Mountain Chili was made with beans at one point and some corn. As I’ve transitioned to a more ketogenic and Paleolithic diet I’ve removed grains and beans and other foods. It’s a personal choice and my health is better for it. So, if you are someone who can tolerate those foods then feel free to add them.
If you are paleo and consume starches then, by all means, go for it! I’ve made this chili with white potatoes, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes and it came out beautifully!
Elk Mountain Chili
Elk Mountain Chili will keep you full and satisfied! Perfect treat for any huntress or hunter 😉
- 1 pound ground elk you can also use any other wild game or beef
- 1/4 pound pastured bacon, chopped
- 1 cup beef bone broth
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced do to your garlic taste preferance
- 1 14 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes can use any diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1-2 tbsp chipotle power adjust to taste, add a little at a time
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tbsp cinnamon can omit
- 2 tbsp cacao powder can omit
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Begin with chopping bacon into bite-sized pieces and adding them to a hot dutch oven or on saute mood in Instant Pot. While the bacon is cooking up chop veggies and mince garlic.
Once bacon is cooked to preferred doneness, remove and set aside. Add onions and garlic to cook in bacon fat. Cook until onions are translucent and garlic fragrant. Add bell pepper.
Once bell peppers have cooked for about 5 minutes, add your ground elk meat. Add seasonings and salt and pepper. Do not add cacao powder yet. You may have to add a little avocado oil as wild game is very lean.
Once meat is brown add fire roasted tomatoes and tomato paste.
Add bacon and beef bone broth. Stir to mix and incorporate all ingredients.
Next, add the cacao powder. While some people may think this is crazy; it's delish! Chocolate gives an interesting and velvety taste to red meat dishes! You won't be disappointed.
At this time you can either allow your Instant Pot to slow cook for about 5 hours. If you are wanting it to cook faster hit the stew/chili button on your Instant Pot. If using a dutch oven allow to slow cook on simmer for about 5 hours.
Stir your chili occasionally. Taste your chili, adjust your seasonings. What I like you may not.
Chili is best when allowed to set for a day and consume the next but, don't worry this chili will be amazing on the first day!
Serve up with some cheese, sour cream, and avocado if you like! Enjoy!
You do not have to add cinnamon or cacao powder, however, it adds an interesting and exotic taste to this chili.
You're more than welcome to add beans or complex carbs such as sweet potatoes, squashes, or white potatoes, carrots, etc.
Instant Pot Vs. Dutch Oven
This recipe can very well be cooked by Instant Pot or dutch oven. It basically comes down to preference. If I’m at home in Colorado I will usually do the dutch oven. If I’m in my 5th wheel I will use my Instant Pot.
The reason being for Instant Pot in the 5th wheel is conservation of propane and not wanting to heat up the trailer too much if it is summer time. Heating up an oven or stove in an RV can get HOT quick!
You would also want to use an Instant Pot if you are in a rush and need something pretty quick by using the pressure feature of the Instant Pot for this recipe by using the stew/chili button.
Elk Mountain Chili typically does not last long at my house and is perfect for any occassion. Additionally, if you want to make this chili fancy and develope more robust flavor add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of red wine! The great thing about chili’s and even stews is that you can play around with the liquids and make the chili as thick or thin as you would like.
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