This chili without tomato paste recipe is a delicious alternative chili recipe for those who do not tolerate tomatoes well. For those of you who are my low histamine diet followers, this recipe was created with you in mind! While it is not one of my fully low histamine recipes, it is lower histamine compared to other chili recipes.
If you are sensitive to beans, you may remove them and substitute them for additional ingredients such as uncured bacon, pulses, or increase the veggie amounts such as more carrots and bell peppers. Other chili veggie options could be sweet potato, corn, or celery. If the above is still not an option for your needs you can always try my white bean chicken chili recipe!
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Tomato-Free Chili Recipe – Low Histamine Notes
This chili recipe without tomato paste (which is typical) is a great option for those who either struggle with the acidity of tomatoes or the high histamine content. While this recipe is not low-histamine per se, it is lower due to the avoidance of the most common chili ingredients like tomatoes, beer, wine, vinegar, and so on.
When making chili, it’s easiest to make in a pressure cooker when working within low histamine cooking protocols. When we use pressure cooking as our cooking method we help to reduce the histamine content that would build up in a “low and slow” cooking method. To reduce the histamine content further you may use dried beans in this recipe. Let me know if you’d like me to create this version by dming me on Instagram.
While many of these ingredients may bother some MCAS patients, it’s important for us to find our own personal relationship with food. In my journey, I choose to still enjoy ingredients that are high in histamine as I realize it will be harder to reintroduce these ingredients when my MCAS improves. Although this may seem “backwards” for some, it works well for me as I pay more attention to my “histamine bucket.” This may be a meal that increases your histamine bucket but if you enjoy it, you may control this with a lower histamine dish for your next few meals. Mast cell activation syndrome is extremely individualized and it’s important for those of us who have MCAS to find what works best for our own unique presentations. It’s worth paying attention to all MCAS mediators both histamine and other chemical agents. The below supplements are a few of my favorites to help control histamine. You can find out more on the brand by clicking here.
Chili Without Tomato Recipe
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 lb 15% fat / ground beef
- 1 large yellow onion – 2 cups
- 2 cups carrots
- 1 green bell pepper 1.5 cups approx
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chipotle
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 3 cups blended roasted red peppers
- 1.5-2 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1/2 tbsp chopped jalapeno
- 1 can pinto beans
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can black eyed peas
- Black pepper as desired
- 1/3 cup liquid aminos
- 1 bay leaf
- Start off by peeling and chopping your veggies into diced-sized pieces with your jalapeno into small pieces. Follow by crushing your garlic into a paste or using a garlic press. Reserve.
- Rinse your canned beans and reserve in a collander.
- Next, using the sautee option on your pressure cooker, sautee your onions & peppers for about 10 minutes. In the last few minutes add in your meat and break up with a spatula or wooden spoon. Follow with garlic as your meat cooks.
- Following this, turn your pressure cooker off and add all of your ingredients. Stir to combine and set to pressure cook for 20 minutes. Cook on high and ensure your valve is set to "sealed."
- It will take a few minutes for the pressure to build up and will follow with a buzz. It will then bein to count down from it's timed setting.
- Once it finishes cooking it will beep and you can press the switch to the vented setting for the pressure to be released.
- Once the metal knob goes down the pressure is released and you're ready to take off the lid.