This bacon and sweet potato chili is my go-to paleo dinner. The recipe makes a large batch, and it freezes well!
Is it spring yet? It’s still freezing here. Also, yesterday was so windy that I ended up getting dust and tiny pebbles blown into my eyes several times during my ten-minute walk to the train. A little early-spring sandstorm right here in Boston. Needless to say, I was not a fan.
I’m trying to keep my food springy, in hopes that the weather will follow suit. So, here is some paleo (chickpea-free) hummus. It’s a little sweet from the sweet potato, but with lots of savory flavor from the tahini, a whole head of roasted garlic, and some garlic-infused olive oil. Don’t be intimidated by the large quantity of garlic–it mellows out as it roasts, and the flavor is amazing. Your house will smell amazing, too.
Do you have a really big skillet? If not, you are going to want to go buy one so you can make this bacon & sweet potato chili right away.
If you are not convinced that you need a 14-inch skillet, I understand. However, I intend to convince you to make this chili. It’s the best chili I’ve ever had, and it’s a complete and colorful one-pot meal. If you didn’t just go buy a huge skillet and/or don’t need to feed a bunch of people, you can halve the recipe and make it in a normal-sized pan.
Why is this the best chili ever? Well, because bacon. And sweet potatoes. And all the fresh things on top that make this the perfect comfort food to carry you from winter into spring.
This dish is for people like me, who don’t want beans or any tomato products or a lot of excess liquid in their chili. I just need salty bacon, sweet potatoes, some perfectly spiced meat, and what’s basically deconstructed guacamole for a topping. Using half pork and half beef gives the chili even better flavor. It’s amazing right away and it’s even more amazing the next day. My mother agreed that this is the best chili ever, and she is kind of hard to please. I haven’t heard her rave so much about a food I’ve made since this cranberry orange curd tart.
There is kale in this recipe. If you don’t want to put kale in your chili you obviously don’t have to, but I want to tell you that you can barely taste it. It’s just a nice way to sneak in some greens and start feeling a little more springy. I got the idea to put kale in chili from the cookbook Cooking with Coconut Oil, and now I’m hooked. It adds great color and texture, and makes me feel extra healthy when I eat it.
One more reason to make this bacon and sweet potato chili, and to put kale in it? Kale & sweet potato are really good friends. See proof here.
Looking for more Whole30 recipes? Check out my cookbook Paleo Planet (there are over 80 in there!) and the Whole30 section of my recipe index.
Phew! Posting every single day is starting to get very exhausting!
Don’t get me wrong–I love to dream up recipes, cook, take pictures, and then write about it. It’s just that somehow I find myself on the couch each evening around 11, realizing there is so much work left to do! Yesterday’s post went up at 11:59 pm. It always takes a little bit of pressure to actually get my nose to the grindstone.
I think that since it’s 10:58 right now, and I already have the photos and the recipe all set, I should be getting this one up a little earlier.
But before I hit “publish”, though, let me tell you about this good-looking gratin!
I know what you’re thinking, but there is no pumpkin in this soup.
Parsnips, turnips, and sweet potatoes, yes, but no pumpkin. See? I’m branching out into other fall flavors.
This soup is sweet, creamy, and comforting. Roasting the vegetables with thyme and olive oil gives them great flavor (as does a generous splash of wine). In my opinion, though, serving the soup with a dollop of tangy creme fraiche and drops of rich olive oil is what really makes it so fabulous.
Here, olive oil is used for roasting the vegetables, sauteing the onion to make the base, and for finishing the soup. I love this olive oil as a finish because you can really taste the earthy goodness of it, which is a great counterpoint to the sweet roasted veggies. I hope you love this soup as much as I do!
P.S. Did you know there’s a lot of fraudulent olive oil being imported and sold in our country? Sometimes olive oil labeled as “extra-virgin” has lower-quality olive oils mixed in, or even other oils altogether (like canola). Tom Mueller has written a whole book about it called Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. You can also read a blog post about it here.