It has been quite some time since I’ve posted about organ meats (#offalisnotawful). For those who are still on the fence about incorporating these stronger-tasting sources of dense nutrition into your diet, I have just the solution for you! This Beef Heart Chili recipe uses a ground mixture of beef and beef heart that essentially disguises the beef heart flavor. My favorite place to shop for high-quality meats, US Wellness Meats, is where I find the Grass-Fed Ground Beef with Beef Heart for this recipe. I love the blend of the ground beef with the heart and the warming chili and turmeric flavors. It is definitely a hearty recipe!
See what I did there? 😉
Why Organ Meats?
Organ meats are truly some of the densest food sources of all the necessary nutrients that our bodies crave. Highly concentrated with B vitamins, many minerals, and one of the best sources of naturally occurring vitamin D in any food source, organ meats are the ultimate superfood!
Heart, specifically, is also loaded with Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) which is super important for cardiovascular health. Coincidence? Nope! In fact, in many traditional cultures, it was believed that eating the organs from a healthy animal supports the organs of the eater. Heart is also the number one food source of copper and has twice as much collagen and elastin as regular muscle meat. This makes it excellent for tissue, joint, and digestive health, too!
If you enjoy this recipe, please check out some of my other real food recipes!
Beef Heart Chili
(Paleo, Whole30, GAPS, SCD, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Prep + Cook time: 30 minutes
- 1 Eggplant
- 1 Yellow Onion
- 3-4 Carrots
- 2 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
- 2+ Tbsp Real Salt
- 1 lb Grass-Fed Ground Beef with Beef Heart
- 1 tsp Organic Turmeric
- 2 tsp Organic Chili Powder*
*I used a pure chili powder from New Mexico that is just dried chilis ground into a powder. Be careful when using chili powders that are blends of many spices because sometimes there are sneaky additives used to prevent caking. These additives can contain gluten or soy in them. Your safest bet is to use a pure chili powder or something like chipotle powder. Adjust the amount to your desired level of heat.
- Chop the eggplant (leave the peel) into approx ½ inch cubes. Place the eggplant cubes into a colander and sprinkle with salt. Toss the cubes and salt again so that all the cubes get some salt on them. Leave the colander over the sink and allow the eggplant to “sweat”.
“Sweating” removes some of the water content so that the eggplant absorbs less oil while its cooking. It also heightens the flavor of the eggplant. This step is optional if you are short on time. Just note that you will probably need more oil while you are cooking.
- Peel and dice the yellow onion
- In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil and the diced onion and some salt. Cook until the onions become translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
- While the onions are cooking, chop the carrots into thin rounds.
- Once the onions are translucent, add the carrots to the saucepan, stirring to coat everything in the oil. Allow the carrots and onions to cook for about 5 minutes.
- Heat up another pan to medium-low heat and add the grass-fed ground beef with beef heart. Add some salt and break up the ground meat with a spoon or spatula. Add 1 tsp of the organic chili powder to the beef, stir, and allow it to cook for about 5-7 minutes.
- Once the carrots have started to soften and caramelize, reduce the heat to medium-low. Give the eggplant cubes a quick rinse with water and add them to the pan. At this point, you will probably want to add another 1 Tbsp of coconut oil to the veggies.
- Season the veggies with 1 tsp of organic turmeric and 1 tsp of organic chili powder, stir, and allow to cook for about 5 minutes.
- Once the ground beef has lost most of its pink color, mix it into the veggies. Allow everything to simmer on low for about 5 minutes so all of the flavors can mingle together.
- Serve in bowls, topped with avocado if you like or with a green salad.
- Savor the “hearty” warmth of this beef chili 😉
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Why Everyone Should Be Eating Organ Meat – The Paleo Mom, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne
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