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30-Minute Chili

white bowl full of chili garnished with avocado
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This recipe has been on our weekly menu plan since July, and it’s always a crowd-pleaser. This chili is light and fresh tasting because I use tomatoes from the garden, a jar or a tetrapak instead of from a toxic, BPA-lined aluminum can.

This chili is also a great way to use up some ground meat or leftover beans, and to get some nutrient-dense liver, bone broth, and seaweed into your diet without tasting it! (You can leave out the beans if you are on GAPS or Paleo.)

But perhaps the best part of this recipe is that if you use pre-prepared beans and tomatoes, it only takes about 30 minutes to make.

For a nutrient-dense, real food meal, that’s awesome!

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white bowl full of chili garnished with avocado

30 Minute Chili

This 30 minute chili recipe is a super delicious way to get some nutrient-dense liver and seaweed into your diet without tasting it!
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CuisineAmerican, GAPS, Paleo
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings4 servings



  • Heat the oil in a large pot or heavy wok over medium heat.
  • Stir in onion, and sauté until soft and slightly browned.
  • Place ground meat and liver in the pot with the onions, and sauté until evenly brown.
  • Stir in peppers or veggies, if using, and sauté until mostly cooked.
  • Stir in minced garlic, and sauté until fragrant (just a minute or so).
  • Pour broth or water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes and cooked beans.
  • Add chili powder, paprika, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Also add cayenne and dulse flakes, if using. Stir thoroughly.
  • Bring to a strong bubble, then reduce heat to low, and simmer 15-20 minutes, or until chili reaches your preferred thickness.


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 848mg | Potassium: 892mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6310IU | Vitamin C: 51.2mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 7mg

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Dawn Gifford

Dawn Gifford

Dawn is the creator of Small Footprint Family, and the author of the critically acclaimed Sustainability Starts at Home - How to Save Money While Saving the Planet. After a 20-year career in green building and environmental sustainability, chronic illness forced her to shift her expertise and passion from the public sphere to home and hearth. Get the whole story behind SFF here.


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