Gluten-Free Chili {Dairy-Free}

The Best Gluten-Free Chili! This easy chili recipe is made with ground beef, beans, and a simple homemade blend of chili seasonings in just 30 minutes.

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Gluten-Free Chili

Chili is one of my favorite gluten-free soups to make. It is so easy to make homemade chili and can be made in just 30 minutes!

It’s thick and chunky with just the right balance between meat, beans, and tomatoes. The homemade chili seasoning also has just the right amount of spice.  Making your own gluten-free chili seasoning is so easy, and I bet you have everything you need in your pantry.

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How To Make Gluten-Free Chili

  • Add the olive oil and chopped onions to a large soup pot and cook over medium-high heat for 2-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground beef to the pot with the onions. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat apart, into smaller crumbles, stirring occasionally. Cook the meat for 6-7 minutes, until it is browned. (photo 1)
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the meat and stir until well combined. (photo 2)
  • Add the gluten-free beef broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained kidney and pinto beans, and tomato sauce to the pot and stir well, until fully combined.
  • Bring the chili to a low boil. Reduce the heat to low to medium-low). Simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. (photo 3)
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Allow the chili to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Tips For Making The Best Gluten-Free Chili

  • Always, always check your labels and make sure the canned ingredients and beef broth you buy are gluten-free.
  • Make this chili with lean 90% ground beef. If you use another percentage, make sure to drain your meat before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • Allow the chili to cool for a few minutes before serving it. It makes for a thicker chili.
  • This chili is even better the next day!

What Do You Top Chili With?

Homemade chili is great just as it is, but I always like to add a few toppings to my chili to take it to the next level. Here are some of my favorite chili toppings.

  • shredded cheddar cheese (for dairy-free cheese I like VioLife brand)
  • sour cream
  • gluten-free crackers
  • gluten-free corn chips or Fritos
  • sliced green onions
  • diced avocado
  • chopped cilantro

What To Serve With Homemade Chili For Dinner?

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Gluten-Free And Dairy-Free Chili

The good news is traditional chili recipes are naturally dairy-free! Half of my family is dairy-free as well (me included).

So this recipe is a perfect gluten-free dinner my whole family can enjoy just the way it is. No dairy-free substitutions needed.

Can I Freeze Chili?

Chili can be easily frozen. Place the chili in a freezer-safe container after it has completely cooled. Chili can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Defrost the chili the refrigerator overnight. Reheat the chili in the microwave or stovetop.

Can I Make The Chili In The Instant Pot?

You sure can! Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot and select saute. Add the meat and cook until browned, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened.

Add all of the other ingredients to the pot and stir to fully combine. Lock lid and set to Pressure Cook on High for 14 minutes.

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to quick release, then remove the lid and serve.

Can I Make The Chili In A Crockpot Or Slowcooker?

Making chili in a crockpot is so easy! Just cook the onions and beef as directed in the instructions below.

Add the cooked beef and onions to the crockpot with all of the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT for the beans.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW heat for 5 – 6 hours. Next, add in beans, stir and cook an additional 30 minutes. Serve!

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Easy Gluten-Free Chili Recipe

Chili is one of my go-to recipes when I need a quick and easy dinner to make. It’s hearty and filling and packed full of protein too.

It is cooked in less than 30 minutes on the stovetop, but can also be made in the Instant Pot or a crockpot. My family loves it and the chili is even better the next day!

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Gluten-Free Chili {Dairy-Free}

The Best Gluten-Free Chili! This easy chili recipe is made with ground beef, beans, and a simple homemade blend of chili seasonings in just 30 minutes. Chili is also naturally dairy-free.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free beef broth
  • 1 15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 16-ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 16-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  1. Add the olive oil and chopped onions to a large soup pot and cook over medium-high heat for 2-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add the ground beef to the pot with the onions. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat apart, into smaller crumbles, stirring occasionally. Cook the meat for 6-7 minutes, until it is browned.

  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the meat and stir until well combined.

  4. Add the gluten-free beef broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained kidney and p[into beans, and tomato sauce to the pot and stir well, until fully combined.

  5. Bring the chili to a low boil. Reduce the heat to low to medium-low). Simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Remove the pot from the heat. Allow the chili to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

  • To freeze: place the chili in a freezer-safe container after it has completely cooled.  Chili can be frozen for up to 6 months. 

  • Defrost the chili the refrigerator overnight. Reheat the chili in the microwave or stovetop. 

  • Mama says, “check all your labels!”

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