Monday, December 30, 2013

Gluten free Chili

That just sounds weird to me because I would have assumed that by nature Chili would be gluten free but not all chili's are so I now make all my own chili, taco, and gravy mixes so I don't have to worry about looking at the labels to see if they have added flour to the powders. 
This was my dinner the other night that spurred the writing of all these blog posts.  The hamburger is a patty I buy at Sprouts for Chuck that is hamburger, jalapeno, and cheese and tonight I put mushrooms and pepper jack cheese on it on my home made gluten free bun.  I love crackers with chili but I have yet to find a gluten free cracker that holds a candle to the saltines I grew up with so I usually eat gluten free tortilla chips!

I had decided to make the bread machine gluten free bread and that led to the gluten free hamburger buns and as I was mixing those up Chuck came in the kitchen wanting to know if I would make chili for supper.  It is a routine evening when I ask Chuck if he has any ideas of what he would like for supper and the standard answer usually is something along the lines of..."what ever you want to fix I will eat" so it was a surprise when he approached me with the chili idea! 

I have been making this chili forever and it has not varied much from the first time I made it just after we got married.  If there ever was a recipe I followed I don't remember I just remember throwing stuff in the pot till it was what I wanted.  My kids have asked me a number of times for the recipe but I usually forget so hopefully they will look at the blog and get the recipe...if not I can always point them in this direction.

Vickie's Chili
  • 1 onion chopped coarsely
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Rotel Tomatoes
  • 1 can chopped green chili's
  • 3 cans of chili beans
  • 8 Tbls Chili seasoning (recipe below)
  1. Brown the onion and beef in a large pan.
  2. Add rest of ingredients and heat to just boiling.  
  3. Turn down the heat and let simmer about 30 minutes or put in crock pot for later.
The Chili/taco seasoning recipe I looked up on the Internet when I became gluten intolerant and it has turned out to be just as good as the Williams Chili Seasoning I have used for years.  btw Williams doesn't say on it's package it has gluten in it but I have gotten so used to using this I quit buying Williams.

Homemade Taco Seasoning {large batch}

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons chili powder
2.5 teaspoons garlic powder
2.5 teaspoons onion powder
2.5 teaspoons red pepper flakes
2.5 teaspoons oregano
2.5 teaspoons paprika
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon cumin
¼ cup salt (more to taste)
¼ cup finely ground pepper

1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. (Or you can mix it together in
the container you are going to store it in–just give it a shake.)

2. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of this mixture plus 1/2 cup of water to one pound of cooked meat (of
your choice). Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until there is very little liquid left in
the pan.

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