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Old 08-18-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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No Tomato Chili ideas

No doubt I'm going about this in a way that would be considered sacrilege to chili connoisseurs, but what I'm really looking for is a way to spice up my beans. I love a kick in my food and I've had chili that I liked before, so chili with beans seemed like a way to go, but they are all made with lots of tomato or broth (which drives the sodium content way too high) or with actual chilies I have to slice and cook and I'm just not that good a cook. Not to mention my kitchen has half a counter for prep space.

I'm flexible on whether meat is included or not, but I don't really want any tomato flavor. If the tomato is used in a way that the flavor isn't strong, I wouldn't mind it, though.

Any easy recipe's? Thoughts? Ideas on what I would do to replace the tomato content in a recipe? I think that's my big issue: I don't know enough about cooking to know how to add and subtract ingredients in a recipe to fit my needs.



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Old 08-18-2011, 04:43 PM   #2
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First of all, if you have a chili recipe you like, you can either leave out the tomato or reduce the amount. You can also buy low sodium broths to add.

On the other hand, if you want a tasty bean recipe that's easy as there will be hundreds available. What kinds of beans do you like?

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Old 08-18-2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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I like pinto, ranch, and black.

What would I do about consistency if I left out the tomatoes?

You know what my other problem is: I'm looking for really simple recipes.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:55 PM   #4
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You could use beer for the liquid and then maybe just a small amount (like a Tbsp) of tomato paste. If you add in things like Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce you might be able to mask the tomato flavor some. Also the amount of pepper,cumin, and chili powder will help too.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:17 PM   #5
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Is what you are after "white chili"? If you Google white chili I'm sure you will come up with lots of recipes, some of them probably here even.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:27 PM   #6
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If you aren't opposed to salsa, Pace Picante has a great chicken chili recipe. No other tomatoes in it.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:39 PM   #7
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Oh! Okay. I'll look into white chili. Thanks!
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:04 AM   #8
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You can also make a green chili by substituting green salsa for the tomatoes. You can find green salsa at supermarkets and a lot of times (depending on your area) you can find low sodium varieties. Just check the labels. Green salsa, chicken, cumin, coriander and your beans and you should be pretty good to go.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:33 AM   #9
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You could make Creamy Curried Beans. Fry some onion, celery and carrots that are finely chopped. Add a spoon or two of good curry paste. Then add the cooked beans and a some cream or sour cream. Gently simmer till done. Serve with rice or Naan bread.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:59 AM   #10
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beans, veg broth, green chilis or green chili salsa, very easy very tasty

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