Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi

Looking for a way to spicy up your week? This spicy Korean chili with kimchi packs a punch of flavor and heat, thanks to the gochugaru, chipotle peppers, and cumin!

Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi | beef, sweet potato, gluten free, paleo, soup, easy, healthy, gochugaru | hungrybynature.comOk I know that talking about the weather is boring and considered small talk, but can we please talk about the rain that happened on Saturday??

4 INCHES. In one day!

It was insane. There was tons of lightning and I kept freaking out about how ridiculous this storm was. Pat thought I was being crazy, but it was intense. And because rain and storms and bad weather in general make me not want to leave the house, that is precisely what we did.

And we made chili, because… chili.

Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi | beef, sweet potato, gluten free, paleo, soup, easy, healthy, gochugaru | hungrybynature.comThis is not your average chili. No sir. There are no beans. #sorrynotsorry It is not made in the slow cooker, but could be if you really wanted. And it spicy as s***.

Spicy, thanks to:

  1. Gochugaru – or red chili flakes. Goghugaru is a key ingredient in many Korean dishes and is made by drying Korean red chili peppers in the sun, de-seeding them, and crushing them into flakes. (I obvs didn’t do this myself, instead I bought it here.)
  2. Kimchi – fermented napa cabbage with lots of spices including  chili powder, scallions, garlic, and ginger.
  3. Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce – with the seeds!

Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi | beef, sweet potato, gluten free, paleo, soup, easy, healthy, gochugaru | hungrybynature.comYou can actually see the seeds from the chipotle peppers in a few of these pictures and lemme tell you – THE SPICE IS REAL.

But that’s how I like my chili. Super spicy and cooled down with a few sliced scallions and coconut yogurt.

Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi | beef, sweet potato, gluten free, paleo, soup, easy, healthy, gochugaru | hungrybynature.com

In other news, Pat and I will be leaving tomorrow night for 10 days in Europe!! We will be visiting Prague, Salzburg, and Hallstatt. I will be sharing the trip on Instagram – so make sure you follow along!

And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you! While I’m away, I have a few friends that will be guest posting here and sharing recipes with you.

Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi | beef, sweet potato, gluten free, paleo, soup, easy, healthy, gochugaru | hungrybynature.comI hope you love this chili as much as I do (I’m eating leftovers for lunch today!!) and cannot wait to check back in with you after my trip!!

xoxo, Ellie

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Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi | beef, sweet potato, gluten free, paleo, soup, easy, healthy, gochugaru | hungrybynature.com

Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi

  • Author: Ellie
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stovetop

Description

Looking for a way to spicy up your week? This spicy Korean chili with kimchi packs a punch of flavor and heat, thanks to the gochugaru, chipotle peppers, and cumin!


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 1/8 cup gochugaru
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups vegetable stock, divided
  • 1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 chipotle pepper from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced

Toppings

  • coconut yogurt
  • scallions

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef over medium-high heat in a large pot, and season with salt and pepper. Saute until cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the onions to the pan with the remaining fat and cook over medium-high heat until soft. Add the garlic and kimchi and cook 2 minutes. Add the gochugaru and cumin – cook another 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1 cup of veggie stock, scraping up any brown bits. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-high and cook until reduced and thickened – approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Return the beef to the pot and add the sweet potato, remaining veggie stock, tomato sauce and chipotle pepper, and 1ΒΌ teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered for 20-30 minutes – until you have reached the desired consistency.
  5. Serve with coconut yogurt and scallions.

Keywords: soup, chili, korean, kimchi

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15 thoughts on “Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi

  1. Karly

    It’s fall, and that inevitably means that I’m craving chili 99.99999% of the time. And this. Looks. AMAZING. Such a great way to put a twist on your typical recipe!

    Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      Right?! I am the exact same way! And thank you Karly – I hope you like spicy chili because this one is killer!

      Reply
  2. Stan

    Hello. Koreans use a variety of sweet potato with brownish purple skin and yellow flesh. It is more dense than the typical red sweet potatoes we prefer. It is also drier when it is baked. Which potato is used for this recipe, or does it matter? Also, is the sweet potato precooked in any way or is it added raw? Thanks for this recipe and your help.

    Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      I used the orange skinned/orange flesh sweet potato and it is added in raw! Let me know what you think of the recipe!

      Reply
      1. Stan

        Turned out great! I’m heading to Korea soon and will be cooking for friends. Bringing this one with me. Thank you.

        Reply
  3. Allison

    Just made this for a chili cook-off at work. It was delicious! Of the 10 chilis, this was my favorite (though I may be bias since it was the one I made).

    Reply
  4. Amy Padgett

    Never used Kimchi before. Suggestions on where to buy and recommendations would be appreciated. Another question, what does the sweet potato do for the recipe? Not a fan and was trying to decide to add it or leave it out….Thanks

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    1. Ellie Post author

      You can buy kimchi at any grocery store! And if you have an Asian market near you, I would pick some up there. You can totally remove the sweet potato if you are not a fan! I like adding it because I don’t do beans and the potato gives the chili a little more substance. But you could swap it for another potato or beans too!

      Reply
  5. Michelle Kang

    This won me “Most Unique” at my companys chili cookoff! (There were 25 entries so 1st place was tough to get) Now I have to make a second batch for folks who didn’t get any and a vegetarian girl. Even my parents liked it and my parents don’t like anything I make!

    Reply

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