Dinner, Level 1, Levels 2 And Above, Lunch, Recipe

Favorite Chili Recipe Ever

I have always loved chili (Hormel’s No Bean chili).  About a month into my low carb journey, I had chili dogs (2 hot dogs, in a bowl, with chili, cheese, sour cream and a little onion).  Now, granted, I had about 1/2 cup of chili poured over these hot dogs but I was shocked at my blood sugar response!  That morning was 104 and after my meal it was 137!  That was when I read the label.  That chili not only contains corn flour (which was a huge “Duh!” but also, oatmeal).  I have since been on a mission to find a substitute.  I have yet to find one but this … this looks promising!  Just do away with the corn meal and I’ll be good to go!  I’ll scrounge through the freezer and hopefully be able to try this recipe out tonight!

UPDATE:  Well, I didn’t have any bulk meat so I threw in what I could and ended up with chili soup.  That being said, the flavor is spot on!  I love it!

  • 1/4 lb Fat [I use clarified bacon fat but beef suet would be more traditional]
  • 5 lbs Beef Tips [Chuck Roast cut into cubes is best but you may use the product labeled beef tips in the market]
  • 1/2 Cup Chili Powder [Gebhardt is king in Texas but if you can’t find it use common sense and buy a good brand. Preferably from a market that sells a fair amount of it so it’s fresh. If you have access to a genuine Mexican market then you can find the really good stuff and get a pure chile powder like Guajillo]
  • 2 T. Cumin [I like to buy the seeds, toast them on a comal, then grind them in a spice grinder but powdered cumin will work just fine
  • 2 T. Ground Oregano aka Mexican Oregano [Not the Italian kind, this Oregano is sold as a powder and is essential in this dish]
  • 1 T. Salt or to taste
  • 1 T. Cayenne [obviously if you’d like to ratchet up the heat just add more]
  • 1 bulb Garlic [Freshly minced garlic,not the stuff that sits in a jar of oil in your fridge]
  • 2 quarts Stock [I use chicken which is not traditional, beef is recommended here for purists. If you don’t have time to make stock the brand Better Than Bouillon is surprisingly good]
  • 1/2 Cup Masa Harina [If you can’t find masa mix in your part of the country, corn meal will do just fine-the finer grind the better]
  • 1/2 Cup Water
1972 Recipes, Appetizers, Breakfast, Level 1, Lunch, Recipe

Atkins Taste Delight Pancakes

From Dr. Atkins Diet Cookbook (1974)
2 servings

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 3 egg whites
  • oil

Mix first 9 ingredients well.
Beat egg whites stiff.  Fold meat mixture into beaten egg whites.
Lightly oil hot griddle or skillet.  Drop mixture on griddle by Tablespoonfuls.  Lift edge of pancake to see if it is browned and puffy.  Turn with spatula and brown other side.
Good served with or without sauce.  For a delicious treat, serve with Mushroom Sauce.
Total grams: 2.8
Grams per serving: 1.4

1972 Recipes, Dinner, Level 1, Lunch, Recipe

Atkins Bacon Cheeseburgers

When I first saw the title, I thought, “Well, duh!”  Then I read the recipe!  🙂
From Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution, 1972
Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 slices crisp bacon
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Krazy Salt (or seasoned salt)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • Bacon fat

Mix ground beef with all ingredients, except bacon fat.  Shape into 4 patties, about 1-inch thick.
Pan-fry over medium heat in bacon drippings, 8 minutes on each side for medium well done.
Total grams carbohydrates: 2.8
Grams per serving: .7

Bread, Hamburger, Recipe

Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns

I just made these tonight.  They are quite good!  They aren’t too “yeasty” tasting but not as sweet as store-bought.  I used honey instead of the sugar (read somewhere the commercial buns have corn syrup in them so thought honey would taste more like the real thing) but next time I will double the amount of honey.

As soon as hubby gets home, the Casper’s go into the pot!