I haven’t been able to eat a proper bowl of chili for over a year now. How I have missed chili! But chili is so very tomato, pepper and nightshade-based. So for someone on a low-amine diet, chili is pretty much amine HELL. I had looked for a good recipe for nightshade-free chili, or at least tomato-free chili, but had no luck, until I found one at Eating With Food Allergies that made a great base. I thought the original recipe made a great canvass for the tweaks I was about to make. The tomato-free, nightshade-free chili turned out phenomenal! I will never have to lament over tomatoes in my chili again!
Makes approximately 15 bowls (this is a large batch – halve recipes for fewer people, or freeze if not sensitive to amines in frozen leftovers)
2 lb lean ground beef
4 C chicken stock
2 Tbsp safflower oil
1/2 C water
2 medium red onions, chopped
12 cloves garlic, chopped (1/3 C)
4 large carrots, diced (1 1/4 C)
5 ribs celery, diced (2 C)
4 cans black beans
3 Tbsp cumin
2 Tbsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp clove powder
1 Tbsp coriander
4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp Sichuan peppercorns, smashed
1 Tbsp molasses
1 1/2 Tbsp corn starch, mixed with 1/4 C cold water
1/4 C fresh minced cilantro, for garnish
- In a stock pot over medium heat, cook ground beef with onions, oil, and 1/2 C water. Cover, stirring occasionally to break apart beef.
- When cooked, add in garlic, celery, carrots, broth, cumin, turmeric, clove, coriander, salt, and liquid smoke. Cook for 20 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally.
- Add to the chili your crushed Sichuan peppercorns, molasses, and cornstarch/water mixture. Stir well.
- Add black beans to chili. Stir well and cook for another 10 minutes over medium-low heat. Stir fairly often to prevent burning at the bottom.
- Note: If you can tolerate chili powder or cayenne, feel free to taste and add to your heart’s content, if desired. Both are nightshades and high in amines.
- Remove from heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to “steep.”
- Serve your wonderful, low-amine, tomato-free, nightshade-free chili hot on its own, or with rice. Garnish with freshly minced cilantro. Enjoy!!!
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