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Paleo Chili

By November 27, 2013February 22nd, 2022Moods and Hormones, Soup and Salads

Testimony of the Day

“Hi Maria, I have read ALL the diet books, I’ve done LOTS of different diets, LOTS. I understood each diet’s CONCEPTS, but never understood the science UNTIL I met Maria Emmerich! I was eating arugula, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, Ezekial bread, nuts and seeds and on and on, you name it, if we were suppose to eat it, I ate it, including grass fed grass finished beef and I still couldn’t keep the weight off! I could lose weight but I have never been able to maintain it. AND, I would never lose everything I needed to loose.

Now I understand some of the science thanks to Maria, and what IS affecting my chemistry, and I will continue to be a STUDENT with her daily BLOG’S etc.! Before I had a consultation and worked with Maria for 6 weeks, I had been introduced to Maria’s BLOG by an acquaintance almost a year prior. I read, read, read her BLOGS etc. and also bought ALL of her books except the children’s one at that time. That was a year ago. I started to incorporate her recommendations in to my life, food wise, and even some of the supplements she recommends, and I actually still wasn’t loosing. I mentioned this to the acquaintance who introduced me to Maria’s BLOG and she theorized that maybe there is something, supplement wise, that Maria could zero in on that would help me loose and maintain, or that maybe I am still doing something wrong, meaning eating something wrong.

WELL, after working with Maria for 6 weeks I think she has zero’d in on the culprit, dairy!!!! Also, I was, occasionally, eating the Trader Joe’s sprouted grain bread, so between that and the occasional dairy, we are on to something VERY important for me. I am only getting detailed and personal to help you understand that Maria KNOWS HER STUFF! Maria is exactly what I have been looking for, someone who could/would/and did tailor her services to ME, and for ME! Getting back to ALL the books I have read and diets I have done, I have never read one or talked to anyone who can and does explain the science like Maria does, plus I understand it at the same time!!

I am just mad that I didn’t hear about Maria sooner because it could have saved me a lot of money and time AND wear and tear on my body!!! Do what she says as she knows what she is talking about!!! I am just at the early/beginning stage of my journey with Maria, I am running up and down the stairs in my home where before I had to hold on because of the pain, my CRAVINGS are GONE but the fact that I can have something sweet and delicious, “healthified”, while losing weight is a Godsend to me!! The best part is that I don’t even crave anything anymore!! I AM A STUDENT FOR LIFE and will also try to be a TEACHER of Maria’s way and live by example to all my precious children and grandchildren!!! Thank you Maria for ALL that you do and DID for me!! Mary Ellen”

To get started like Mary did, click HERE.

Paleo Chili

One of the boys favorite foods is this chili!

I pack it in THIS thermos on our hiking trips!What Vitamins Do your kids take? I hope not these! Trans-fat, food dye and ASPARTAME!

Paleo ChiliIngredients: Sorbitol, Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Choline Bitartrate, Sodium Ascorbate, Ferrous Fumarate, Gelatin, Natural & Artificial Flavors (including fruit acids), Pregelatinized Starch, Vitamin E Acetate, Stearic Acid, Carrageenan, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Soybean, Castor), Magnesium Stearate, Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide, FD&C Red #40 Lake, D-Calcium Pantothenate, FD&C Yellow #6 Lake, Aspartame†, Xylitol, FD&C Blue #2 Lake, Cupric Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sucrose, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate, Beta-Carotene, Monoammonium Glycyrrhizinate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Vitamin D, Magnesium Oxide, Vitamin B12.

Aspartame has been found to “eat” tiny holes in our cellular membrane. When this happens, things like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), cancer, mood disorders and many other serious issues will show up.

One of my clients LOVED her diet Coke. She drank 6 cans a day. As an adult, she developed MS; which became so severe she was bound to a wheelchair. Once I explained to her just what aspartame was doing to her cells she decided to kick her addiction to soda. Guess what? Her body started to heal. She is no longer in a wheelchair. She still has symptoms, but her diagnosis went from “extreme MS” to “moderate!”

Most people I meet say, “I don’t have depression, but I do feel lousy, crabby, and “fly-off the handle” over no reason lately.” My first suggestion is to kick the aspartame from our lips, which can be very difficult, but in the end, they become a happier person. If you are someone who often chews gum or pops breathmints, check the ingredients! Most have aspartame.

Click HERE to find a good children’s multivitamin.

Paleo Chili

Served with my Protein Bread hot dog buns, organic hot dogs and peach iced tea!


2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
1 pound Italian sausage
2 (28 oz.) diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
2 green chilies chopped
4 pieces bacon (fried, drained and chopped)
1 cup beef broth (homemade if possible!)
¼ cup chili powder
1 TBS minced garlic
1 TBS dried oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp stevia glycerite (optional)
1 (8 oz.) block Cheddar cheese, shredded

Paleo Chili
More “kid friendly” ideas in The Art of Healthy Eating: Kids

Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground beef and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned.

Drain off excess grease. Pour in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, chili peppers, bacon bits, and beef broth. Season with chili powder, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and stevia. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

After 2 hours, taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate, and serve the next day. Serve with “Healthified” Cheez Its!

Makes 12 servings.

Traditional Chili = 409 calories, 21g fat, 23g protein, 28 carbs, 6 g fiber (22 effective carbs)
“Healthified” Chili = 396 calories, 20g fat, 31g protein, 12 carbs, 4 g fiber (8 effective carbs)

Paleo Chili
Hello Kitty!
Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Thanks for that information. I don’t have any young children but I also never thoughts of looking for Aspartame in vitamins!

  • France says:

    Maria, I’m sorry you are getting spammed (posts above mine!)…
    Spam is so bad for you! *lol*

    anyway, I was just coming here to say how cute your bell peppers (aka Capsicums here!) are! They are gorgeous! and that chili looks awesome – it’s on my list of things to try in Feb (DH will be joining me in Eating The Maria Way! so I better keep his palate entertained!!!) 😀

  • AdriKrehbiel says:

    Hey Maria!
    Just wanted to say that I am loving your cook book for kids and this blog!!!! We started this way of eating 3 weeks ago when we read the Wheat Belly. The friends over the WB facebook page recommend your cook books. I also bought the one for deserts but I have not had time to read it since I have been cooking all our meals for 3 little ones (4 years old and under) and my husband. How do you keep all your recipes organised? I need to plan ahead because I can’t just run to the store whenever I need. Thank you so much!!!!

    • There is pinterest. It is a good way to organize online recipes. Thank you! 🙂

    • Hello. First a note for Andri. I use foodplannerapp.com (on my android phone) to organize my recipes. It has ust saves me so much time because it can genereat a shoppinglist as well.
      And to you Maria.
      I live in Denmark. i just stumbles upon your site. Wow…what a great blog you have. I eat Low carb hign Fat (goes under the terms LCHF or Lavkarbo in Denmark). I has given me so much energy to eat this way. I think i might be eating a bit more fat that you recomand… But cutting the carbs is the key and it has made a huge difference in my life.
      I am looking forward to following your blog and to get inspired.. I have already found a couple of things I need to try out.

    • Thank you Mette! 🙂

  • Jan J. says:

    Your boys always make me smile! Aspartame – how could they approve this poison and I can’t find a glass of raw milk to drink legally? It blows my mind. Chili looks yummy. Can’t wait to try it – thanks!

    Boy are you ever getting spammed – kind of scary!

  • Sarah M says:

    Well the spammers sure are out today!

    I just wanted to say that I love the usual form of your posts, comparing your version of a recipe to a ‘traditional’/out-of-a-box version. But I’m gonna nit pick some about this post, because I don’t think a traditional chili necessarily needs healthifying, and furthermore you don’t say what this ‘traditional’ version is that you’re comparing to.

    Also, of course, your chili sounds delicious. = )

    • Well, that depends on what region you live in and what the traditional recipe typically contains. In Wisconsin, traditional chili contains lots of beans and elbow macaroni. 🙂

    • Sarah M says:

      That’s true. Beans, let alone elbow macaroni, in chili is a sin where I’m from. I’ve actually never even heard of someone putting any kind of a grain in chili! Blasphemy!

  • This is very similar to a chili I make, but I add lots of zucchini for extra veggies! I’m going to try some of your ideas next time I make it. It’s always a hit, thanks!

  • Sorry everyone about that spam explosion. I let the last 10 days of posts autopost (instead of moderating) so that there can be a more realtime discussion on recent posts. Most of the time googles spam filters catch most of the spam and I can go in everyday and delete the one or two that got through. I get about 50 spam comments a day. Sorry. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    What kind of coconut oil and coconut flour do you recommend and use in your recipes? I keep hearing a lot about Tropical Traditions brand a lot and wondered your opinion or if there is another type out there you recommend? Thanks!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Maria, I just wanted to say that your flax pancakes are fabulous! I used a syrup that was sweetened with maltitol. Is maltitol good or bad for the body? Besides the obvious after affects. 😉 Also, I made your hubby’s pizza recipe and it was a huge hit with my 3 children-even my husband loved it- and that is coming from someone who really dislikes this way of eating. Any suggestions to get him on board? Buying 2 sets of groceries is very expensive and sometimes tempting.

  • I love your bell pepper pictures!

  • Anonymous says:

    Sorry. I posted it wrong. I meant to say flax waffles not pancakes and it was just a couple posts down-the one with the tv segment with her cooking them. They really are good. 😉 Thanks for the response about the malitol, Maria! ~Thanks, Mindi (had to post anonymously bc I can’t get my phone to connect with my google acct for some reason)

  • Trista says:

    Hi Maria! I am sooo happy and thankful I’ve stumbled across your blog. I LOVE your recipes so far (going to eat the Doro Watt tonight, and having the Chicken Soup for lunch!). I’m interested in purchasing all your cooksbooks in the kindle versions and am wondering approximately how many of the recipes are new versus ones that are posted on your blog. I LOVE the fact that you are so generous with the amount of information and recipes you provide on your blog but I am also wanting to get new to me recipes as well. 🙂

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and wonderful ideas!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love reading all of the information on your blog. Have you written a post on the effects of 5 Hour Energy Drinks? I’m trying to help a friend. Thanks!

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve never read any of your books, but follow your blog. . .was wondering what your take is on bananas?? Just curious, thanks!:o)

  • Jennifer says:

    Hey, Maria, your little ones look happy and healthy – so good to see! You’re a great Mom. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria, Do I take the casting off the sausage? Not sure? Thanks

  • Maria-
    what is the exchange subsitution for the chili for swerve if it calls for 1 tsp of stevia? Or do you recommend I purchase some stevia for this?

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria, Thanks so much for the data kids vitamins and all the wonderful info on being healthy! Craig, thanks for tracking your food and sharing the info. What are the crackers you served with the chili? They look like something my DH would eat (I can tell him they are healthy later) LOL.

  • Caroline says:

    My family will tell you that I have tried dozens of chili recipe and were never satisfied until I tried yours. It’s definitely palette pleasing and a keeper in our home. Making it again tonight to have tomorrow night…yummm!

  • lisa says:

    Do you recommend no dairy? Thanks just joined your site 🙂

  • Tara says:

    The link to the kids vitamins isn’t working for me? Could you check it when you have a chance? Thanks!

  • HeatherB says:

    I was just noticing that my Day 6 recipe calls for 1 lb each of ground beef and sausage but here it calls for 2 lbs ground beef. I assume that’s intentional to stay with appropriate calories, carbs, etc. Yes?

  • Kimberly says:

    i’m curious why you drain off excess grease from the ground beef? if it’s a good quality, grass fed beef isn’t that fat beneficial? especially on a high fat diet, sometimes i’m struggling to find ways to get enough fat w/ my protein. thanks!

    • cemmerich says:

      It is more about consistency in the end result. You can definitely leave it in if you like. 😉

  • Michelle says:

    Just a quick question. For the 2 cans diced tomatoes is it 28oz total or per can? Thanks 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    I was wondering if this recipe would work in a slow cooker.

  • Jessica says:

    Is there a link to your hot dog bun recipe? Thanks!!

  • Amie Sue says:

    Wonderful chili Maria… we had it for dinner tonight. I didn’t add the hot sauce and it was plenty spicy. 🙂 Have a great weekend, amie sue

  • Janet t says:

    MARIA! I love this chili recipe. it was delicious. just so tasty. used a little more beef broth to make it not as thick. would be great over cauliflower rice. those cheese it crackers came out good and crunchy too. I used fontina. wow. really too good because now I have to use self control and not eat the whole batch! it really wasn’t labor intense at all for both items. thank you… just delicious and easy.

  • Tony says:

    How do you figure out a serving? Having this problem with the meal plans too sometimes. Is it possible you could put a weight measurement?

  • Jeanne says:

    Made this for the first time and JUST NOW realized I read your recipe wrong ! I used 2- 28oz cans if diced tomatoes! Actually one was plain and one Rotel. It was DELICIOUS! Another thing I did was try 1 Tb Gebhardts chili powder (my usual) and 1TB ground chili powder from the India store….between that and the lg Rotel it was seriously spicy. My husband was THRILLED.

    How bad did I mess up the carb count with the extra can of tomatoes ? I cannot freeze any as my husband wants it to eat during the week. Such is the way it goes around here…sigh.

    Thanks again Maria! It was a true keeper!

  • Leticia says:

    Made this yesterday. Loved it and my mom loved it too. Officially my new favourite!!!

  • Jen says:

    This chili is AMAZING!!! Most of the paleo chili recipes I’ve seen have been so bland, but this is so delicious. I will be making it a LOT in the upcoming colder months. Thank you!

  • Kelly says:

    Hi Maria, how do you make your protein bread into the hotdog buns? I make the bread a lot. Just can’t figure how to make it into a dog bun. Thanks.

  • I assume you top it with shredded cheese?

  • Aurora says:

    Without having to make a batch of this (I have some in my freezer ;-), measure out the whole batch and portion it out equally..how many cups/ounces constitutes one serving? Thanks!

  • Sonia says:

    Maria, do you have any suggestions for cooking this in a pressure cooker? I just purchased an Instant Pot. Wondering how long I’ll want to have the ingredients under pressure after the meat/onions are sauteed. Other recipes I’m finding account for beans so I don’t know what an ideal cooking time is for these ingredients.

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