Recipe – Marinara Chili Proves Paleo Approved Recipes are Delicious

chili peppersMarinara Chili

I found this in my beginning Paleo days at Crossfit Ammo. It possibly came from a handout Erin gave to me. My compliments to the chef who created this!  We make it often in our family and freeze 1/2 of it for another meal if there is any left over.. There were a couple of adjustments I had to make as I didn’t have all the right ingredients.


  • 1 Tablespoon raw, certified organic, extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 Pounds ground beef (or other ground meat of choice). I use a 20oz package of organic hamburger meat that I find at Costco.
  • 1 Organic onion, chopped It was a lot of onion. Next time I will process it in the food processor instead of hand chopping. (Actually using minced onion really speeds up the process and tastes great.)
  • 2-3 cloves organic garlic  No garlic in my refrigerator so I had to skip the garlic and substitute Garlic Salt for the required salt. (Now I have Garlic Granules on hand.)
  • 1 jar of organic Marinara sauce (or make it yourself) I used the Classico brand of sauce.
  • Diced organic tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
  • 2.5 tsp organic cumin
  • 2-3 tsp organic chili powder
  • 1-2 tsp organic thyme leaves No thyme leaves in my cupboard so I used just the regular thyme seasoning.
  • 2 tsp Celtic sea salt  NOTE:I used Garlic salt in place of this because of having no garlic cloves. (Add this ingredient if you are using the garlic cloves and not the garlic salt.)
  • A couple of Serrano peppers (or jalapenos, if you want it extra spicy) One jalapeno pepper with the seeds removed and processed in the blender with just a little of the sauce was perfect for us.


1. Saute onions & garlic until the garlic is browned (about 5 minutes)
2. Add the meat, chili powder, thyme, and cumin
3. Stir mixture in pan for around 5 minutes
4. Pour in marinara sauce, add tomatoes, serrano peppers, and salt. Mix.
5. Simmer for at least an hour.This chili is delicious! Here’s some tips:

I like putting the serrano peppers in a food processor to almost puree them, and then mix them in. Speed cook using dry onion flakes. Tastes amazing. Yes it does!



Dani Rotramel

Dani Rotramel

I’m Dani Rotramel. I am a Christian and for the past 45 years have loved helping others (especially women) learn simple strategies to go to the next level in their fitness and health.

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    I love the paleo recipes ESP since I a m new to paleo eating. There are so many good recipes. One thing I found with many though, is that they don’t say how many it serves. So I always have to wing it since I’m only cooking for myself and trying to introduce my husband to it. Also are these recipes good to freeze if I have to make 4 servings?

    1. Carolyn, thanks so much for your comment. For sure you can freeze the Marinara Chili. I always double or triple the recipe and freeze for quick later meals. One recipe feeds about 3 hungry Paleo eaters with a little left over for the next days lunch for one.

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