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A Year of Slow Cooking

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Meat Lover's (No Bean) Chili Recipe

I was challenged to see if I could make a low-carb, no bean chili. I know there are lots of people who don't need beans in their chili. 

I am not one of them.

or at least I THOUGHT I wasn't one of them. I stand corrected. Very very very corrected.

This is a great chili --- it has all the spice, kick, texture, and heartiness of chili but doesn't have a single bean.  I hate it when I'm wrong.

The Ingredients.
serves 8

2 pounds beef stew meat (frozen is fine)
10 ounces smoked andouille sausages, sliced
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes (whole can)
1 onion, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced (or about 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups beef broth

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. I didn't brown anything for this recipe, but merely plopped it all in and turned the slow cooker on. Load everything into your cooker --- meat, sausages, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and all the seasonings. Stir in the broth. Cover, and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. For chili, the longer the better, in my opinion -- get the flavors to really meld together and provide the meat an opportunity to fall apart.

If you'd like, you can help the meat out by shredding it completely with two large forks, or you can even pulse a few times with a handheld stick blender to naturally thicken the gravy/sauce (what do you call the juice in chili?). 

Serve with your favorite toppings. My kids really like the Scoops chips that Tostitos puts out -- they ate their bowls that way.

The Verdict.
I served this on a chili night to three other families, because I was eager to test out a no-bean version. The crock was scraped clean! I've made quite a few chilis the past few years, and love having a new one to share. I think you'll really enjoy it.

Have a great day! Here are a few other chili recipes you might enjoy, and feel free to share your favorites --- you can never have too many chili options!

pizza chili
enchilada chicken chili
white bean chili
poor man's chili
sweet potato chili (vegan!)
traditional chili
21-Ingredient chili

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The Dutch Girl said...

I love chili, my husband hates beans. Now we can live happily ever after. You are better than a marriage counselor!

Amie said...

Ohhh boy. I need those beans! I'll take your word for it, Steph!! :)

soonerfangirl said...

Traditonal Texas chili never has beans, tomatoes, or onions, but personally, I prefer using all three of those ingredients.

Diane Eblin-thewholegang said...

Stephanie this looks so good. It's perfect for my Paleo hubby. Oh and I'll be making it in my Ninja too.

Thea said...

I have been looking for a recipe just like this! I hate beans (I think it's a texture thing), but I like the flavor of chili. Thank you!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Yippee for a no-beans chili that you've already tested out with friends and family! Thanks, Steph!


Richton Perk said...

I made this for dinner tonight. Super good, but I would never call it a chili - it was far too thin to be chili. I ended up making some elbow macaroni to stir into it and it was a delicious beef noodle soup. Should it have been thicker?

TheBraleys said...

I made this yesterday (and reheated today for dinner) and it's yum!! I added bacon (didn't have that much meat) and used ground beef that I pre-browned (in my ninja, YEAH!!) and added some sweet potato (had them on hand and got the idea from the paleo blog recommended by Steph) It was great! Hubby, who doesn't like chili really liked and ate a huge bowl. I made some corn biscuits to go with it. I did cut back on the chili because my girls don't like heat, and used sweet Italian instead of Andouille. Still good :) THANK YOU for your help and sharing this recipe!

Diantha said...

All I can say is WOW!!! That was wonderful. Next time I think I will either try a different sausage or less chili powder. I loved it but some of my family thought it was a little to spicy. Will definately make again. Also, I did us the stick blinder to shred the meat and that helped thicken it.

openid said...

I'm just imagining how fall of the bone tender this must be, I love that it features stew meat vs just crumbled beef. Ah, what a comforting dish!

Staycee71 said...

First of all, you are amazing! I love, love, love your blog and use it almost daily. A true blessing.

Onto business...I, too, am a bean aficionado, especially in my chili. However, I found this recipe is fabulous and makes my carnivorous hubby muy bueno! I, of course, make the chili powder too. A bit of advice, though, is to take care of those chilis on the BBQ...that is, IF you want to breathe!

Thanks, again! I look forward to MORE of you and your phenomenal recipes!

Stephanie said...

This recipe won my church's chili cook off! I added another pound of stew meat and can of tomatoes. I seared up the meat with a little flour to thicken and briefly hit it with the stick blender at the end. People raved!

Stephanie ODea said...

Yay, Stephanie! I'm so glad you reported back! congratulations on your win! ;-)

Laura said...

Love this chili! Made it for dinner a couple weeks ago and we happily ate the leftovers for three days and never tired of it. My husband is allergic to beans so I was happy to find such a simple, yummy recipe that I didn't have to worry about substituting for consistency stake.

Sarai said...

My kids LOVE this chili!! Thanks so much!!

Jenny said...

I love this chili! Every time I make it at work, I get raving reviews! I just wanted to share, since I can't (and won't) take credit for it all.

Emily Hill said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! I made this last night and it was such a hit! My husband kept raving about it and he's never a fan of chili. I used angus beef and a case of the sweet italian sausage from trader joes. I did brown the meat and onion before putting it in the crock pot because I only had 6 hours til dinner time and it was perfect! The meat was fall apart and it was so tasty! Thank you for my first day of October supper inspiration. I made it with corn bread and salad and it was perfect topped with some cheddar and a dollop of sour cream, just like you showed. Thank you again! Happy tummies at my house.

meagain69 said...

I just won first place in my work chili cook off with reciepe. there were 14 was a hit the only one without leftovers!!!

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