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Best No Tomato Chili (Full of Flavor)

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Last Updated on November 28, 2020

Looking for a chili without tomatoes? This no tomato chili is savory and hearty and filling. This easy recipe make the perfect lunch or dinner.

chili without tomatoes

Mr. Bejelly doesn’t do well with cooked tomato products (crazy heartburn and stomach acid that keeps him up at night).

Also, after avoiding them for so long, I don’t tolerate them as well myself.

NO TOMATO CHILI

For this very reason, I’ve been slowly recreating some of our favorite recipes and making them tomato free.

For weeks, he’s been asking for chili without tomatoes and honestly, I didn’t think it was possible. There is just nothing like that tart taste of tomato in chili but thankfully I was wrong.

Chili without tomatoes Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 3 large Poblano chilies, roughly 7″ long, roasted and diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb of grass-fed beef
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of brewed low acid coffee
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet add the cooking oil, onions and poblano peppers and cook until the onions are browned.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  3. Add the sweet potato, carrots, spices, coffee and water and simmer on medium-low for 30- 35 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!
NO TOMATO CHILI

So, what can I subsitute for tomatoes in chili?

Wanted to try to get that rich full of flavor affect without tomatoes. I immediately thought of coffee. It’s rich and somewhat bitter. It would add just the right punch to the recipe.

I also added some fresh roasted poblanos for texture and flavor and really used a lot of spices to recreate the rich flavor of chili without tomatoes.

Pair this no tomato chili recipe with my gluten free cornbread recipe for a complete dinner.

The best part about this recipe is that I love is the fact that Mr. Bejelly slept peacefully thought the night after eating two bowls of this chili without tomatoes.

chili without tomatoes
NO TOMATO CHILI
Yield: 4

Best No Tomato Chili (Full of Flavor)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This chili uses coffee and cocoa powder to create a savory no tomato chili.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 3 large Poblano chilies, roughly 7" long, roasted and diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb of grass-fed beef
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of brewed low acid coffee
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet add the cooking oil, onions and poblano peppers and cook until the onions are browned.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  3. Add the sweet potato, carrots, spices, coffee and water and simmer on medium-low for 30- 35 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 746mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 33g

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Justine wilson

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Hiya, I’ve made this and it’s lovely, just a bit too spicy for my kids. Is there something I can add to the batch I have already made to make it less spicy?

Kelly Bejelly

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

If you do dairy, sour cream can really cut the heat.

Leslie

Thursday 27th of August 2015

I've recently had to give up grains and inflammatory foods and found this recipe. Made it tonight and it was so SO good, it's definitely a keeper for this household! Thanks so much :)

James Brown

Friday 3rd of April 2015

Just tried this fantastic chilli earlier this evening! We left it simmering for more like an hour, probably too long but the coffee/cocoa combination in the sauce is really something.

Kelly Bejelly

Monday 18th of May 2015

So glad you enjoyed it James!

Aretha Alexander

Tuesday 27th of January 2015

I will have to give this a try. Since I have transitioned to a Keto diet I have to watch my carbs.

Steve

Sunday 21st of December 2014

We made this amazing meal last night, and it was delicious! Our only criticism was that after several bites we noticed a slight bitter undertone probably from the coffee. Has anyone experienced this? What about making this without coffee and maybe with beef stock as a replacement?

Kelly Bejelly

Sunday 21st of December 2014

You could just skip it and add more cacao hun.

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