I have to start by saying, I absolutely adore the internet.
So I’m sitting on Facebook yesterday just browsing about when an author friend of mine asked if it was okay to eat chili for breakfast because it was -27 degrees Fahrenheit where she was and a hot bowl of chili would warm her right up. Obviously there are no “exclusive” breakfast foods. You can eat whatever you want for breakfast. However the words that stood out to me the most was breakfast and chili. I don’t know about you guys but I’m terrible at eating breakfast. Its hard to get hungry at 6am and it’s also hard to find energy to get up to make anything when you want those extra precious minutes to sleep cause you’re a light sleeper and every little sound plus your bladder wakes you multiple times in the night……. (I’m projecting). So, I decided to search ye ole Google to see if Breakfast chili was actually a thing.
Turns out it is! Most of the recipes only use sausage and tomato but that wasn’t filling enough in my opinion. With a bit more searching, I found a paleo recipe. Now I’m not diet savvy so you know I had to look up what the heck paleo means when it comes to food because when I think of paleo, my mind automatically turns to fossils and then Jurassic Park. Eating paleo means you are eating meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds while cutting out dairy, grains, certain oils and refined sugars from your diet. Basically stuff you could catch or grow without processing it.
I decided to try the recipe out and let me tell you, what a freaking hit it was in my house last night! So without further ado, here’s the recipe:
1 lb ground breakfast sausage
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 small yellow onion or half of a big one
1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
1 can of beef broth
Crumbled bacon (optional)
3 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
A pinch of salt
Now that’s my modified version because the one online called for garlic, lime juice, hot sauce and onion powder but blah. Trust me, you don’t need it.
- Peel and dice your onion. Also, peel and dice the sweet potatoes. I like larger sweet potato chunks, about 1 inch but you can cut them smaller if you like.
- In a medium saucepan (I used a cast iron pot I got from TJ Maxx for $16 bucks!), brown your ground sausage and onion with a little olive oil until the sausage is brown and the onion is translucent.
- Add your can of tomatoes, half the can of beef broth (about 8 oz), the sweet potato and the spices. turn the heat up til it starts bowling then turn the heat back down to low, cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until your sweet potatoes are soft but not mushy. While the chili is cooking, you can cut up your avocado; slices or diced, whatever you fancy.
- While the chili is cooling down, fry up and egg over easy style. Spoon some chili into a bowl and top with the egg, avocado and whatever else you like to put in your chili.
Believe me when I say, you HAVE to try this recipe. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can substitute the sausage with whatever meatless substitute you like or maybe just some beans and omit the egg. I was pretty skeptical about sweet potatoes being mixed with chili powder but MAN, was it really, really good. My husband hates sweet potatoes and he LOVED it all! He didn’t add avocado to his though. Gotta draw a line somewhere. 😉 Since I made so much, this will last me all week long which is great cause all I have to do in the morning is fry and egg real quick and voila, hearty breakfast!
Have you ever had anything like this before?? Do you think this is a recipe you might try? Let me know in the comments below!