Monday, September 21, 2009

Gas Blaster Chili Sin Tomate

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


Zina Lee said...

One of my friends serves something very similar to this with brown rice mixed in for a sort of sloppy joe on spelt bread. Really yummy! I've never asked her for the recipe, so if I can find some cajun mirepoux, I'll try this, but I have my doubts here in the Kingdom!

Diana Troldahl said...

Zina, in Ireland you could use Onion, Bell pepper and Lovage if you can't get celery. Lovage tastes like strong celery, with a slightly more earthy taste.

Zina Lee said...

It's 2:30 am, or I would be able to think of the veggie I'm thinking instead of lovage...but of course there's lots of celery here. :)

Kym said...

I think the term "gas blaster" in relation to ANY kind of chili sounds . . . ominous! ;-)