February 5, 2012

Healthy, Hearty, Gluten Free Chili

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! At the time I write this it's a little under 3 hours from kickoff.  I just made a huge vat of chili for a party I'm going to later and was so impressed with it (totally smells delicious!), I had to jump on here really quick to share the recipe with you in case you are looking for something yummy to whip up.

Let me start by first stating that I know nothing about football.  And I'm not joking. I have no idea how it's played, who the players are, scoring, etc. The only game of the season I watch is the Super Bowl and I wouldn't really consider that "watching". More like hanging out with friends, eating, laughing, watching commercials and the half time show, and checking my square to see if I won anything.

I have a great group of friends and the Super Bowl is actually a"friendiversary" with a couple of them since I met them at this party about four years ago. Sweet, eh?  I told everyone I would bring chili this year since I figured I should venture out from the buffalo chicken dip I usually bring.

Super Bowl '09. (Had to dig deep into the archives for this one!)
All week the host/my co-worker wondered how to go about doing this. Should I make it at home and bring it there? Should I just make it there? I joked that I'd just pick up like 10 chilis from the Wendy's drive-thru. At the last minute today I decided to make it here and just bring it up.

I found a great recipe for a turkey chili on the Weight Watchers site and altered it a bit to make it my own. Here's what I came up with:

Hearty Beefy Chili
adapted from Weight Watchers

Chili is simmering!
1 tsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb of ground sirloin
3 carrots, sliced in thin rounds
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp cumin
1 can (14oz) of diced tomatoes (I like this kind)
1 can (8oz) of tomato sauce (This one is good
1 cup of gluten free beef broth
1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Topping of your choice: cheese, sour cream, onions, hot sauce, gluten free crackers, corn bread, Fritos, tortilla chips, etc.

Heat a large pot over medium heat. When hot (if you flick water in there and it sizzles, it's ready) add the oil and onions. Caramelize the onions for about 5 minutes or until browned.

Add garlic and carrots and let soften, about 5 minutes. Add the ground sirloin and let brown. Break beef around into smaller chunks and stir everything together.

Add the green pepper, chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, and kidney beans and mix everything together well.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 45 minutes.

Top with your favorite fixin's and go Madonna! I cannot wait to see what she performs!


This post is part of Allergy-Free Wednesdays!


Laura said...

This chili looks delicious and hearty-perfect for the winter! If you get a chance, I would love for you to share this great recipe tomorrow on Allergy-Free Wednesdays at http://www.glutenfreepantry.blogspot.com/p/allergy-free-wednesdays.html

Michelle @ The Willing Cook said...

One can never have too many chili recipes. I love to put carrots in mine too. Thank you for sharing this at Allergy-Free Wednesdays this week! We hope you'll come back again next week to link-up again.
~AFW Hostesses