New Breakfast Staple

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.ย 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 fromย  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
1 avocado
1 egg
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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!

29 thoughts on “New Breakfast Staple

    1. Haha, you can omit the sausage and use beans or meatless substitute! It’s really delicious! I hope you find something good in your kitchen!

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        1. 1 am?? Not to eat. It’ll just screw you all up in the morning but maybe just sneak one cookie to get your stomach to quiet down. I’m a bad influence! hahaha

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  1. I had no idea breakfast chilli was a thing! I don’t tend to eat breakfast- except at weekends, when it barely counts as breakfast anymore and basically turns into brunch but this looks so good. I definitely want to try it. (Also I am so hungry right now all I can think is FOOD)

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    1. Me either! The things you find on the internet! I don’t eat breakfast either but I feel like after being in the car for 45+ minutes going to work, by the time I get there, I’m starving. My husband keeps peanut butter cookie things on tap but they’re so try tasting. This is really filling for only having a tiny bowl! If you try it, let me know what you think!

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        1. Yeah I sleep drive! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Sleep is so valuable. Even when I want to get a lot, I just don’t. Sorry I keep making everyone hungry! Food is my favorite subject haha

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  2. Now that looks amazing!! Chilli and breakfast in the same sentence isn’t so strange in Asia, where chilli is in everything. This is something I definitely will try, when I get home where we have creamy avocado’s and love ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for the share girl ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Really? That’s pretty cool then! Over here chili is synonymous with chili or chili con queso dip mostly, lol. If you try it, you can substitute the sausage for beans or maybe some meatless sausage crumble instead. When you do try it, make sure to let me know what you think! โค

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  3. We had chili for dinner last night! This recipe looks like a keeper and so healthy. I love that you paired it avocado too. How smart! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for the share, Nel!

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      1. I’m definitely going to and I’ll let you know my thoughts. I love sweet potatoes and hopefully one day I’ll get over not liking avocado. It’s such a perfect food! ๐Ÿ˜‰โค Thanks, Nel.

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  4. What a cool take on chili! I love the idea of the avocado and fried egg on top. I’ll try that sometime.

    I don’t know if I could eat chili in the morning. My stomach kind of yearns for sweet stuff at those hours. Unlike you, I’m ravenously hungry when I wake up, but tired like you. I set up the coffee maker the night before and usually bake some kind of goodie to eat a few days in a row. My favorite breakfast foods are crepes and waffles, but they take too long to make. I usually can’t wait that long to eat.

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    1. Yes please try it! Let me know what you think if you do!
      Haha I understand that. I’m a huge savory over sweet kind of girl though I do love waffles but like you, they take too long to make so unless I have a lot of free time on the weekend to make some and freeze them, waffles are usually toast in the toaster, lol

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  5. The diet I’m on is very similar to paleo and I find it very easy to follow and it forces you to eat really healthy. I know a few people who follow a paleo diet and they love it. I would eat chilli in the morning, I like to have something substantial for breakfast and often eat fruit, nuts, seeds. But if I was going to go hot chilli would be cool. I don’t eat any wheat so anything bread based is out for me and I don’t particularly like sweet things for breakfast I eat oatmeal quite regularly even though I hate it! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Eating healthy is so challenging! That’s unfortunate about the wheat. It’s the same for Mischenko. I eat cream of wheat on occasion. I try to do oatmeal but it’s so boring even if I dress it up with fruit. I’m a hot cereal person but it basically has to be porridge haha. Like I love grits and eggs!

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    1. Really?? You have any other cool breakfast recipes?? I just love breakfast food so much especially anything with eggs. I hear you about whenever you actually eat breakfast. I’m the same way. I’m so bad at it, haha

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      1. Yeah my step dad got me and my sister to try it for the first time when we were kids and weโ€™ve loved it ever since. Not that I can think of. Like I said I hardly ever eat breakfast and when I do itโ€™s usually something quick like cereal or something. I do like breakfast burritos though.

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        1. Oh yum, breakfast burritos! I keep telling myself I’ll make a whole batch and freeze them ahead of time so all I have to do is heat them up on the go and I still haven’t done it yet.. haha

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