Fall Weather Calls for Gluten-free Chili

Photo courtesy of Catherine Oddenino
Photo courtesy of Catherine Oddenino

Fall is the time for chili but many ready-made versions contain gluten in the form of wheat. Many chili mixes and chili spice packs also contain wheat. Amy’s makes some gluten free chili but they are  meat free – not really chili at our house. Shelton’s makes  wonderful ready-made turkey and even chicken chili. I always have those on hand during the cooler months.

If you need a lot of chili for a crowd, it’s fairly expensive to buy canned chili, but it’s easy enough to make your own. If you find a recipe that calls for any flour, you can usually sub out a gluten-free flour mix of your choice. No chili worth eating is going to call for a lot of flour. We use Gluten-Free Pantry flour in soup recipes that call for wheat flour, but plain rice flour will also work.

As always, we searched the gluten-free blogosphere for some great recipes and found quite a few interesting versions for gluten free chili. There is something for everyone here – people who prefer using turkey, vegetarians and even for those who don’t like chili but might enjoy a chili snack mix.

  • Catherine, aka A Gluten-Free Guide, serves up a Three Bean Turkey Chili. I’ve never made any recipe found on Catherine’s blog that wasn’t great!
  • Elana’s Pantry offers a unique twist on turkey chili – made with leftover turkey from the holidays. Now that is what I call inventive!
  • If you like mushrooms in your chili, check out Gluten-Free Easily’s recipe for That Chili with the Mushrooms. This would be a good way to get your kids to unknowingly eat mushrooms I bet – even if you have to puree them to hide them!
  • This basic chili recipe is on GIG’s website. They actually have a very nice collection of gluten-free recipes over there. I’m not sure why I wasn’t aware of this part of their website before now. What a great resource for us all!
  • OK – so let’s say you’re just not a chili person. No problem. Maybe you will enjoy this incredible looking Gluten-free Chili and Garlic Snack Mix from All Recipes (not a gluten-free recipe site). It’s made with gluten-free Chex cereal and we will definitely be making this one soon!

Now that you have your chili recipe, you’ll want some gluten-free cornbread to go with it. Check out our previous post with some great recipes for cornbread.

Let us know if you have a gluten free chili that we should know about.

One thought on “Fall Weather Calls for Gluten-free Chili”

  1. We made chili last week and it just didn’t come out as planned. I’ve been having problems with beans, so we tried to modify the recipe, and it just wasn’t as good. Any one have a good chili recipe that doesn’t require beans?

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