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Monday, February 8, 2021

Gluten Free Sweet and Spicy Chili

Sweet and spicy chili in bowl

Do you not love a good pot of chili on a cold winter evening?  Growing up my mom always made chili and grilled cheese sandwiches in the winter for dinner.  I tried to replicate her chili recipe for years and never came close so I gave up and decided to make my own.

Like everything I make, it is gluten free, and an easy recipe.  Sometimes I really miss crackers in my chili, but I came up with an alternative to crackers, nacho chips are gluten free!  I have been happy with this substitute.  I also came up with a thickener for my chili, I am kind of excited to tell you about!

Ingredients you will need:
1 lb ground beef
2 large onions (chopped)
1 green pepper (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
1 T chili powder
1 t cayenne pepper
1/3 c brown sugar (you can sweeten your chili with honey if you like too)
1/3 gluten free instant oats
1 large can of kidney beans
1 64 oz tomato juice

Brown ground beef with chopped onion and green pepper.  Once this has browned and vegetables are cooked, I drain the grease from the ground beef.  Then I mix in the kidney beans, juice, spices, and sugar.  I bring all of this to a boil, remove the lid and let simmer for 1/2 hour.  About 15 minutes before you plan to serve, mix in the oats.  Mix in the oats and keep stirring until the oats have thickened the chili.  The first time I added oats to our chili, I made the mistake of putting the oats in when I added everything else.  They sank to the bottom and burned.  It was terrible and was thrown out!  So it is very important to keep stirring until it thickens and you are able to serve.  Mr. Vintage loves the thicker chili soup and I will have to say it is a pretty hearty meal.

Sweet sweet and spicy chili in stoneware bowl

We purchased our stoneware dishes many years ago when we got married.  They have held up well and we love the decorative detail along the sides of the bowls and plates.  I found a similar set which you can find here.  Our placemats came from Amazon, I was pleasantly surprised when they came, they have a wire frame and protect our table.  You can find them here

Do you have any chili recipes you would like to share with us?  Has anyone else tried oats in their chili?  Mr. Vintage wanted to try it and who am I to say no?

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  1. My husband is reading over my shoulder and he said, Wow, that looks good. I agree, but I'm smitten with that bowl. Lovely!

    1. Thank you! I found a similar set on Amazon from Pfaltzgraff. I love the stoneware, but with age it does tend to show crazing... but I love the pattern and scallop around the edges of each piece!

  2. Wow, I never thought of having grilled cheese with chili. That's a great idea! Growing up, we had grilled cheese and tomato soup. My kids won't eat tomato soup-- but they will eat chili! : )

    1. LOL, yes, mom likes grilled cheese with pickles on it so we had it with chili and tomato soup! I never cared for pickles, but as I have gotten "older" (did I say that??) I do like them with certain things!

  3. This looks so good. Just what I feel like on this cold day.

    1. Thank you! We love chili around here and I try new things all of the time. I am what I would call an experimental cook!