Homemade chili can be easy to make and gluten free with this gluten free crock pot chili recipe.
Chili is one of my favorite gluten free meals to serve during the fall and winter. It is normal food that is easy to make gluten free.
It also works great for serving a crowd since it is food that everyone loves. Gluten free eaters and non gluten free eaters love chili.
Is chili gluten free?
Whether or not chili is gluten free is a complicated question. Chili is often a gluten free meal, but not always. It depends on what ingredients are in the chili.
I would never eat chili without knowing what was in it.
A lot of recipes for chili are gluten free, but not all. Many people use premade seasoning mixes that are not always gluten free. Some people might use a secret or odd ingredient that might not be gluten free. Always ask before you eat chili to make sure that it is gluten free.
If you are making the chili though it is very easy to make gluten free. Recipes like the gluten free crock pot chli that I am sharing today are easy to make gluten free simply by reading labels to make sure that your ingredients are gluten free.
My chili recipe is normal food that is gluten free.
Is canned chili gluten free?
That depends on the brand of canned chili. Some are and some are not.
Is Wolf brand chili gluten free?
That depends… According to the Wolf brand chili website some of their canned chili is gluten free. However, some of their canned chili, like the Wolf brand no beans chili, contain oats. If those oats are not gluten free oats it is not gluten free.
Always read the label to make sure the can of Wolf Brand chili that you have is gluten free.
Is Hormel brand chili gluten free?
The answer to this is the same as the Wolf brand chili. Some of Hormal brand chili is gluten free and some is not.
Like Wolf brand some Hormel chili, like the no beans one, contain oats. If those are not gluten free oats than the chili would not be gluten free. Some of their products also contain wheat, so always read labels to make sure that the can of Hormal chili you are using is gluten free.
Homemade gluten free chili is best!
I always keep a can or two of chili on hand for my husband and son to eat for a quick lunch. My son, who doesn’t eat gluten free, actually really likes canned chili. It is an easy thing for me to keep on hand for him.
In my opinion, though homemade chili is best!
Growing up I don’t remember ever eating canned chili. It was never something that my mom bought. I think the first time I had canned chili was at a friend’s house and I couldn’t believe they ate chili that came in a can.
I know there is a time and place for canned chili. It is a great food to take camping because all you have to do is heat it up. But when you can, skip the can and make it homemade.
Can you freeze chili?
Yes, chili freezes great. It is one of my favorite gluten free meals to keep in the freezer. I love to to make a big batch and freeze the leftovers. Sometimes I freeze it in small containers for lunches and sometimes I freeze it in a meal sized portion.
Cook the chili as directed, let cool, and freeze. Defrost and reheat. It is an easy gluten free freezer meal.
Gluten Free Dairy Free Chili
Homemade chili is easy to make gluten free dairy free. My daughter eats dairy free and she eats this all the time. The main recipe is dairy free, just leave off the cheese when serving.
Gluten Free Cornbread
Need a pan of gluten free cornbread to serve with your gluten free chili? Here are a few of my favorites.
- Gluten Free Mexican Cornbread
- Northern Style Gluten Free Cornbread is a recipe I have been making for years.
- Pamela’s Gluten Free Cornbread is my favorite cornbread to make gluten free dairy free cornbread.
- Aldi Gluten Free Cornbread can be hard to find, but it is another favorite.
Gluten free crock pot chili can be made with just a few basic ingredients.
- ground beef
- canned kidney beans
- canned diced tomatoes
- tomato sauce
- green pepper
- chili powder
- Shredded cheddar cheese, optional
- 2 pounds ground beef, see note below
- 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- In a large skillet, cook beef, onions, and peppers over medium heat until the meat is done and onions and peppers are tender.
- Drain off fat.
- Place cooked beef mixture in crock pot.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
- Serve with cheese, sour cream, gluten free cornbread, etc.
Ground venison or other ground meat will work in place of ground beef. I like to use a combination of beef and venison.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 574mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 28g
Nutritional values are approxomite and aren't always accurate.