Tomato-Free Chili (low-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, tomato-free, nightshade-free, paleo, low-carb)

Tomato-Free Chili (low-amine, nightshade-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, tomato-free, paleo, nut-free, low-carb) photo

Low-Amine Tomato-Free, Nightshade-Free Chili served with rice.

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!!!
Very Low Amine: water, red onion, garlic, carrot, celery, black beans, cumin, turmeric, coriander, sea salt, liquid smoke, Sichuan peppercorns, corn starch, cilantro
Low Amine: lean ground beef, chicken stock, safflower oil, molasses
High Amine: clove powder

No-tomato Tomato Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, low-amine, tomato-free)

No-Tomato Tomato Soup (low-amine, tomato-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nightshade-free) (photo)

No-Tomato Tomato Soup (low-amine, tomato-free, gluten-free, soy-free)

I miss tomato soup like crazy. Like nothing I’ve ever missed before. Living with no tomatoes is like living without air, or sex, or chocolate. Oh, wait, I have to live without chocolate, too. Well… Scratch that last one. But a tomato-free existence is not one I care for very much. So I’ve been on a mission to recreate tomato soup. Tomato soup with no tomato in it.

Tomato-free tomato soup? Is that possible? I’ve already pulled off a no-tomato ketchup, and a tomato-free BBQ sauce. Perhaps tomato-free tomato soup is possible, too…

After about 3 hours in the kitchen working on alterations, this is as close as I have come so far. I’m sure there is more I can do with it, but my taste buds aren’t tasting anymore. Rather than make you wait another few months for the recipe, I’m going to go ahead and post it. It’s close enough to be a satisfying substitute, though it’s not as close as I would like to have it to be 100% happy with it. If you have suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

1 C cranberries

1 2/3 C carrots (about 3 carrots)

1 large pear

30 leaves basil, fresh (about 1/3 C loosely packed, sliced finely)

1 Tbsp onion

4 ribs celery

2 C chicken stock (vegetable stock, if vegan/vegetarian)

1 small clove garlic

3 Tbsp sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp clove, ground

1 tsp ascorbic acid

1 large bay leaf

2 C water

Juice of 1/2 lime

  • Pull tough fibers on the outside of celery ribs off and discard. Chop celery.
  • Chop carrots.
  • Cut up pear and discard core.
  • Simmer all ingredients (except for basil, water and lime juice) in a large pot for 25 minutes, covered.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Puree (in sections, if necessary) in a food processor until very smooth.
  • Add 2 C water, lime juice, and the majority of your thinly sliced basil to the pureed batch and mix together well.
  • Serve hot and garnish with a pinch of basil on top, and a grind of freshly ground black pepper.


Very Low Amine: carrot, pear, basil, onion, celery, garlic, salt, black pepper, ascorbic acid, bay leaf, water

Low Amine: chicken stock, sugar

High Amine: cranberry, clove, lime

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