I am sensitive to citric acid, but EXTREMELY allergic to tomatoes these days.
An open can of tomatoes in the house can cause a reaction. Not fun.
My guy and I both love chili, especially as we head into colder weather.
I think we solved the dilemma last night.
Gas Blaster Chili: A tomatoless chili we can both enjoy... for days.
2 standard cans each black eyed peas and kidney beans, or the beans you have on hand.
1 pkg nitrite-free chorizo (we used Sanchez brand)
1 package cajun mirepoix (a frozen blend of onion, celery and green bell pepper, well drained and squeezed dry. Reserve the juice.
2 small dried mushrooms
1 very small chipolte (dried)
1/2 tsp cumin seed
3 TBS dried onions
-Grind the above 4 ingredients to a fine powder
1/2 cup garlic
1/4 tsp salt
3 TBSP balsamic vinegar
Cook chorizo until browned and a bit crumbly
add ground spices, garlic and SQUEEZED mirepoix (remember to reserve juice)
Cook a bit until mirepoix has taken on color
Add juice from mirepoix and cans of beans.
Cook until it smells good.
Mush half the beans up in the stew with a potato smasher
add balsamic vinegar and salt (to taste)
let cook a bit more.
Fabulous with corn bread, freezes very well, easily doubled, quick to fix.
This recipe makes about 6 hearty servings