Sweet Potato Chili

2 lbs ground bison or beef ½ large yellow onion, diced (optional) 3 cloves garlic, diced (optional) 1 large sweet potato 3 carrots 1 (28 oz) can diced, fire roasted tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce 1 (7 oz) can diced, roasted green chilies 1 c chicken or beef stock Chili Spice Mixture 2 T chili powder 2 T cumin 1 T paprika 2 t salt 2 t coriander 2 t cinnamon 2 t cocoa powder 1 t garlic powder 1/2 t cayenne
Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat with a tablespoon of your fat of choice add the meat and let it brown. Try not to stir it too much until you get some color on one side but make sure you break up the pieces. This should take 5-8 minutes. While you’re browning your beef make your spice mixture. In a medium bowl, mix up all the spices. Using a slotted spoon remove the beef and place in the spice mixture bowl…leaving the fat in the pot. Add your diced onion and garlic. Let those saute for a few minutes (3-4) stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened. Add your diced sweet potato. Cover and cook about another 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sweet potato begins to get tender (check with a fork). Add the rest of ingredients and the beef/spice mixture. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer to let all the flavors “meld”. When you’re happy with the texture, you’re done.