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Gluten-Free Chili Recipe With Ground Meat

This easy gluten-free chili recipe can be made in a slow cooker or crockpot, or on the stovetop. And, we tell you what’s needed to ensure your chili is gluten-free.

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Gluten-Free | Dairy-Free | Slow Cooker Recipe | Stovetop Recipe

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What Is A Gluten Free Chili Recipe

Most chili recipes are gluten free chili recipes. The most important thing is to ensure you are using gluten free chili powder, and, really, all gluten free spices.

Higher-quality spices are most likely to be gluten-free, but occasionally spice companies might add some filler or additives that are not gluten-free. This is also why I would not recommend using a chili packet if you want to be safe about not eating anything gluten.

Gluten-Free Chili Recipe With Ground Meat
Gluten-Free Chili Recipe With Ground Meat

Check out some of our other chili recipes:

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Where To Buy Gluten Free Chili Seasoning

It’s sometimes hard to tell at the grocery store whether a chili seasoning is, in fact, gluten free. The bottles are so small that they often can’t put the disclaimer. Look for a GF or, to be super-safe, google the name of the chili powder. They often provide more information on their website.

The same goes for Amazon, where they are more likely to say the chili powder is gluten free.

I recommend McCormack because they advertise they are gluten free, which you can buy on Amazon here.

Ingredients For This Gluten Free Chili Recipe

ingredients for gluten free chili recipe

This is a gluten free turkey chili, as we often look for ways to reduce our red meat consumption. You can certainly use ground beef or really any kind of ground meat.

Other ingredients include:

  • olive oil
  • yellow onion, diced small
  • garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 red pepper: green pepper can also be used, but I find red pepper to be more sweat in a chili recipe
  • black beans
  • red kidney beans
  • can of diced tomatoes
  • tomato paste

Seasoning And Spices

In addition to chili powder, I season most of my chili recipes with ground cumin, ground paprika, and crushed red pepper. If you don’t want spicy chili, skip the crushed red pepper.

Also, be generous with salt and pepper. Add the salt when cooking the meat on the stovetop as well as in the slow cooker. This won’t make the chili salty but will make it a lot more flavorful.

How To Make This Recipe For Gluten Free Chili In A Slow Cooker

Making gluten free crock pot chili is pretty easy. There are two ways to do it. I prefer a two step process, where I cook the meat and vegetables ahead of time. Or, to make a more easy gluten free chili recipe in a crock pot, just dump all the ingredients at one time. There is nothing wrong with that plan whatsoever! 

Cooking The Meat On The Stovetop

Cooking the ground meat for the chili

In a large saute or frying pan, add the olive oil, onion, garlic, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften but before the garlic starts to brown.

Add the ground turkey or ground meat to the frying pan, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook for 7-10 minutes or until cooked through and it just starts to brown. You can try to brown the meat more, but if using ground turkey it is not going to brown as well as ground beef.

Adding The Chili To The Slow Cooker

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Adding the cooked ground meat to the crockpot with the spices

Remove the meat from the heat and carefully add the ground meat and vegetable mixture to the crockpot. If using ground beef, use a slotted spoon to leave the fat behind in the pan.

Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, and crushed red pepper if using. Stir the spices into the meat to ensure they are blended. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir to blend.

Gluten free chili beans

Add the black beans and kidney beans to the crockpot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to season the beans and then stir to blend.

Place to cover on the slow cooker. Set the cooker to high and cook for 4 hours or set to low and cook for 6-8 hours. Because the meat is already cooked there is no danger of serving it too soon. The beans are already cooked as well. But the longer you let it cook to more flavorful the chili will be. 

How To Make Gluten-Free Chili On A Stovetop

In a large stock pot or dutch oven, add the olive oil, onion, garlic, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften but before the garlic starts to brown.

Add the ground turkey or ground meat to the stockpot, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 7-10 minutes or until cooked through and it just starts to brown. You can try to brown the meat more, but if using ground turkey it is not going to brown as well as ground beef.

Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, and crushed red pepper if using. Stir the spices into the meat to ensure they are blended. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, black beans, and kidney beans to the stockpot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to season the beans and then stir well to blend. Reduce the heat to low and cover the stockpot.

Allow it to cook on the stovetop slowly for at least an hour. Stir occasionally to ensure the heat is not too high and the chili starts to burn. The longer you cook the more flavorful the chili will be. 

Yield: 8 Servings

Gluten-Free Chili Recipe With Ground Meat

Gluten-Free Chili Recipe With Ground Meat

This easy gluten-free chili recipe can be made in a slow cooker or crockpot, or on the stovetop. And, we tell you what's needed to ensure your chili is gluten-free.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ small yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 red or green pepper, diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free mild chili powder (like McCormack’s)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 2 15 ounce cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes with chili
  • 1 8 ounce can of tomato paste

Instructions

  1. In a large saute or frying pan, add olive oil, onion, garlic, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften but before the garlic starts to brown.
  2. Add the ground turkey or ground meat to the frying pan, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 7-10 minutes or until cooked through and it just starts to brown.
  4. Remove from the heat and carefully add the ground meat and vegetable mixture to the crockpot. If using ground beef, use a slotted spoon to leave the fat behind in the pan.
  5. Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, and crushed red pepper if using. Stir the spices into the meat to ensure they are blended.
  6. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir to blend.
  7. Add the black beans and kidney beans to the crockpot.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to season the beans and then stir to blend.
  9. Place the cover on the slow cooker. Set to high and cook for 4 hours or set to low and cook for 6-8 hours.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 459Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 658mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 14gSugar: 7gProtein: 33g

This nutritional data is provided by a third-party source and should not be relied on if you are on a strict diet.

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Gluten-Free Chili Toppings

You can top your chili with whatever you like. If you want to keep this a dairy free chili, top with fresh chopped onions and tomatoes to have something cool to offset the warmness of chili. 

Here are some ideas for gluten-free toppings for chili: 

  • Shredded cheese
  • Fresh or canned sliced jalapenos
  • Salsa or hot sauce
  • Sour cream, greek yogurt, or coconut yogurt if you are vegan
  • Chopped fresh onion or tomatoes
  • Sliced black olives

FAQs – Easy Gluten Free Chili Recipe

Is Chili Gluten Free?

To be honest, most chili is gluten free because it’s a combination of meat and beans. To make it low carb, skip the means and make chili with just meat. To ensure the chili is gluten free, it’s important to use gluten free chili powder and spices.

Is Chili Powder Gluten Free?

Sometimes it is hard to tell from the bottle. Some companies will mark the spices as gluten-free. I recommend using a reputable spice brand, like McCormack, which states clearly on its website that it is gluten free.

Do You Need To Brown The Meat Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely not. If you do, I think it adds to the flavor and the texture of the chili. It helps to release the flavors of the meat and the vegetables. But, if you are short on time, skip this step. Or, you can prepare the meat the night before.

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