When it comes to comfort food, chili con carne is on top of the list and everyone has their own way that they like it. But, if you’re looking for chili con carne with no beans, no dairy, free of gluten and lots of flavor, this is the recipe you want.
There are lots of recipes for chili on these internet streets. I’m not sure how you found this one, but I’m happy you did.
This version of chili con carne is bean-free (great if you have gut issues), dairy free (if you have lactose issues), and gluten free (if you have trust issues).
Ha, ha. Half way kidding about that one. Since there are lots of places you can hang out on the Internet and get recipes, I want to tell you a little about about what makes this particular recipe for chili con carne so deliciously different.
It’s the Beef
This is not your “run of the mill” beef that you get at any grocery store. The beef comes from Panorama Meats and you can shop the premium selection from Perdue. Organic 100% grass-fed and finished beef born and raised right here in the USA. Panorama meats is also step 4 certified. When you choose grass fed and finished beef, you’re getting a product that is healthier, leaner and better for you. Not all grass beef products are created the same.
Many are distributed from regions outside the United States, are grain finished and don’t have the plethora of health benefits like a grass finished beef product. Grass-fed, grass finished meats are lower in calories, higher in omega fatty acids and vitamins like A and E.
But, the problem is it’s not easy to find this at the grocery store. Fortunately, you can get Panorama beef delivered straight to your door, frozen solid from Perdue. For this recipe, I went for three types of beef from Panorama: beef sirloin, ground beef and beef for stew. Using three different cuts of beef for this gluten free chili gives it a nice textural balance that can sometimes get lost in slow cooker stews.
Maybe that’s not a problem for you but, I’m a texture person. I want a little bite on “my chew”. Most slow cooker recipes that just use ground beef just don’t make my taste buds dance like this one. So, I’m done complaining and finally writing my own recipe for you to try.
So if you’re looking for a tasty recipe for slow cooker chili con carne, follow along below, this is it.
How to Make Chili Con Carne/ Gluten Free Chili
People like cooking in slow cookers because it’s pretty much dump-it-all-in-a-pot and set it and forget it. But, that’s not what you’ll do because that’s not the way to maximize flavor. So, here’s how to make chili con carne that’s packed with flavor.
- Slowly cook the aromatics (garlic and onions) in oil for 30 minutes on a pot on low heat then remove. I learned this technique from a Whole Foods culinary educator. I was sitting in to her class to observe the flow as I was getting ready for my own cooking class the following week. It’s different from what most of us learned to do when cooking but, it makes so much difference. I try to make a special effort when cooking soup and slow cooker recipes. (Note: You can use reserved bacon fat, or reserved fat from slow cooker beef bone broth for this step if you have it on hand. It’s not needed, but it just compounds the flavor).
- Add the stew beef and sirloin (separately) to the pan and brown on all sides. Use a wooden spoon to break it up as you’re cooking and make sure you get it evenly brown on all sides.
- Remove from pan and do the same thing with the ground beef.
- While the pan is still hot you can add the broth to it and scrape up and juicy bits of flavor. Don’t skip this step. (You get bonus points for using beef bone broth but, it’s absolutely not necessary)
- To the slow cooker add the beef, onion mixture, salt, cumin, chili powder, spices and other seasonings.
- Now add the broth (from the pan), canned tomatoes, paste, broth, and bay leaves.
- Slow cook for 4 hours on the high setting.
What to Serve with Chile Con Carne
Along with chili con carne (which means chili with meat by the way), I like to keep things simple. Serve with this healthy comfort food simple tossed green salad and some gluten free corn bread. You can also serve it on bed of this delicious cauliflower rice.
How to Garnish Chili Con Carne
There are so many options when it comes to garnishing this dish. To keep things dairy free, here’s how to finish it off. Top your gluten free chili with a selection of fresh cilantro, sliced avocados and scallions.
Other beef recipes to try:
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil or bacon grease
- 8 oz beef for stew
- 8 oz beef sirloin (cut in cubes)
- 5 cloves (minced garlic)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chili (10 oz)
- 4.5 oz tomato paste (in tube)
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp all purpose seasoning
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp dry thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 (14 oz) cans tomato sauce
- Saute garlic and onions on low heat until soft and translucent (about 20 -30 minutes). Remove and set aside.
- Brown beef in individual batches (one beef selection at a time) and remove from pan.
- Add beef broth to the hot pan, using your wooden spoon to scrape up tiny bit of flavor before reserving the broth.
- Once beef is browned, add it to slow cooker, along with the broth.
- Also to the slow cooker add onions, garlic, salt, cumin, all purpose seasoning, thyme, chili, tomato sauce + paste and bay leaves.
- Simmer in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours.
- Garnish with scallions, cilantro or sliced avocado as desired.
Hot tip: reserve grease when cooking bacon to easily add additional flavor to your recipes.
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