GF Chili con Carne

I don’t have much time to cook, which sucks when you’re a celiac, but once in a while I get inspired.

Today I was craving some chili, but most stuff you get at the store is contaminated with gluten, usually due to modified food starch or some other thickening agent. So I made some with the ingredients at hand.

Chili con CarneThe original idea of chili is to put so much sauce and flavor into it that it masks the flavor of bad meat. And one of the worst grades of meat I can think of is the Kirkland canned beef from Costco. It is tough, stringy, and seems dry even though it is sitting in beef broth. But it shreds nicely and has a long shelf life, and for those that like their chili a bit on the chewy side, this is perfect stuff. Typically, if I have nothing else to eat (like today), there will be a can of this stuff in the pantry. However, please feel free to substitute leftover bistec, ground beef, grilled ribeye, chicken, carnitas, salmon, or baked tofu.

  • 12 oz. cooked shredded beef or substitute chopped meat or tofu of choice
  • 1/4 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • cup chili powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • dash Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp butter, margarine, or olive oil
  • Ω tsp black pepper
  • tsp sea salt
  • pinch cilantro
  • pinch grated Parmesan cheese
  • cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, sliced into small discs
  • Tortilla chips (Trader Joe’s white corn tortilla chips and Tostitos are GF)

Throw the meat, broth, diced onion, tomato, chili powder, half of the garlic, Tabasco, butter, pepper, and salt into a pot and bring it to a boil. Stir on high heat for about 5 minutes to get everything together. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for Ω hour. Add remaining garlic, Parmesan cheese, and salt to taste, and boil again for about 2 minutes. Simmer again for 15 minutes and serve in a bowl. Garnish plate with green onion, cilantro, and cheddar cheese. Eat with a spoon or tortilla chips. Serves two.

Options: Add a tiny amount of finely chopped haba√eros at the beginning and some sliced jalape√os towards the end for an extra kick.

And always remember: A=r≤.

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