Chilly Chili - Dairy/Soy/Wheat Free

It's actually sweater weather! In Southwest Florida!

This only happens a few times in January and February before we're back to shorts-and-flip flops-weather, so I try to take advantage in the kitchen. I'm the Queen of the cold weather dishes (soups, casseroles, macaroni and cheese), so this is my time to shine.

...except that I can't eat dairy or soy and I'm trying to avoid wheat and egg products, too, because J has some allergies and food sensitivities.  Goodbye, butternut squash soup. Adios, macaroni and cheese. Ha det, cheesy chicken and rice casserole. I'm so bummed.

So, I'm sticking with some basics that won't upset J's stomach and don't involve me making the same 5 dishes every week. Chili is one of my staples--I created this recipe in my first year of marriage and it's still a family favorite. I can make it in my sleep and know that it will always turn out well.

Chilly Weather Chili:

Ingredients:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 bell peppers, chopped
1 celery heart bunch, chopped
3 15oz cans diced tomatoes (no salt aded)
2 cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:
Brown the ground beef in your soup pot, adding extra seasonings to taste (I like to use salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin). Remove beef and add olive oil. Once oil is hot, add onion, then sautee until translucent. Add garlic, let it cook for a minute, then add the bell pepper and celery. Cover for 8-10 minutes (until the veggies are softened).

Add tomatoes, beans, and spices. Let simmer, stirring occasionally for 1-2 hours.

If you're not dairy-free, use butter instead of the olive oil, serve with plain greek yogurt (we use that instead of sour cream...it tastes exactly the same), and add some shredded cheese.

Enjoy!

Lindsay

Lindsay Sweeting was in the world of Marketing and Publicity in her previous life. These days you're more likely to see her running after her toddler than running a meeting, but she does her best to find time to create new recipes, come up with fun activities for her daughter, and write about the craziness that is life in the Sweeting house.

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