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Nightshade-Free AIP Chili Recipe (Paleo, Whole30)

Nightshade-Free AIP chili made with ground turkey, pumpkin puree, ginger, vegetables and more. This bean-less chili recipe is low-inflammatory, easy to prepare, and so comforting!

If you follow an Autoimmune Paleo diet (AIP), or are cognizant of the amount of inflammatory foods you eat, this chili recipe will please you silly! It has that same comforting, filling essence as regular chili, but is made nightshade-free and bean-less. 

This low-inflammatory rendition of chili hits your essential macronutrients and leaves you feeling so pleasantly full. For anyone who enjoys a clean, home-cooked meal, this AIP chili recipe is fantastic! You don’t need to follow a strict diet like AIP, paleo, or Whole30 in order to enjoy this delicious chili recipe! It is guaranteed to please all the palates.

So what do we need to do in order to make chili AIP-friendly? WELL…

How to Make Chili AIP-friendly:

Nightshades like chilies, tomatoes, and bell peppers provide a mild heat, tang, and acidity in chili. In order to replace them and still make a chili that’s nice and thick and flavorful, with the sweet tang,  I use pureed pumpkin, ginger, a lot of dried herbs, onion, garlic, lemon juice, and coconut aminos. When all is cooked together, you still end up with a chili that has a natural sweetness, a tiny kick, big bold flavor, and that tang. 

Other ingredients you can use to make an AIP chili are beet puree (for thickness, sweetness, and color), cider vinegar (to mimic the acidity of tomatoes), and nutritional yeast (for cheesy/creamy flavor). 

Because beans can be pro-inflammatory and are usually avoided on AIP, Paleo, and Whole30, we replace them with chopped veggies. I use carrots, zucchini and yellow squash, but you can choose any low-inflammatory (AIP-friendly) vegetable you would like.

So let’s make this recipe!

How to Make Nightshade-Free AIP Chili:

Heat the avocado oil in a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until it has softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and carrots and continue sauteing another 2 minutes.

Scoot the vegetables off to one side of the pot and add the ground turkey, ginger, oregano, basil, parsley, turmeric, and sea salt. Brown the turkey for 2 to 3 minutes, flip, then brown on the other side for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up the meat into smaller pieces and stir it into the vegetables.

Add the remaining ingredients, cover the pot and bring to a full boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook 20 minutes, until the vegetables have reached desired done-ness and the turkey is cooked through.

Serve chili with fresh chopped parsley, chives, and/or your choice of toppings.

Is This Recipe Low-FODMAP?:

As you know, I discuss gut health quite a bit on this site, and the majority of the recipes I make are Low-FODMAP. This recipe is not low-FODMAP due to the onion and garlic. The onion and garlic are pretty pivotal when it comes to providing flavor to this recipe, since we are already omitting tomatoes, bell peppers, and chilies. 

If you follow a Low-FODMAP diet, you may certainly omit the onion and garlic and add something else to replace the tang, such as 2 to 3 tablespoons of dijon mustard (if you don’t follow a strict AIP diet, as mustard is not allowed on AIP), more lemon juice, and/or cider vinegar.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Make recipe Low-FODMAP by omitting the onion and garlic.
  • Replace the canned pumpkin with two cups mashed butternut squash and/or mashed/pureed beet.
  • Add more onion, garlic, lemon juice, etc to taste.
  • Replace the ground turkey with ground beef, pork or chicken.
  • Add your favorite vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, celery, parsnips, turnips, celeriac, or bok choy.

More AIP Recipes:

Enjoy this big bowl of protein and veggie bliss!

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AIP Chili Recipe

AIP Chili Recipe

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Bean-free chili recipe made without tomatoes, chilies, or bell peppers for a low-inflammatory meal.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until it has softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and carrots and continue sauteing another 2 minutes.
  2. Scoot the vegetables off to one side of the pot and add the ground turkey, ginger, oregano, basil, parsley, turmeric, and sea salt. Brown the turkey for 2 to 3 minutes, flip, then brown on the other side for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up the meat into smaller pieces and stir it into the vegetables.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, cover the pot and bring to a full boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook 20 minutes, until the vegetables have reached desired done-ness and the turkey is cooked through.
  5. Serve chili with fresh chopped parsley, chives, and/or your choice of toppings.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 of 5
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 15gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 24g

Nightshade-Free AIP Chili Recipe - No beans, tomatoes, peppers, or chilies! An Autoimmune Paleo friendly chili recipe that is comforting and delicious - gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, healthy dinner recipe

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Amanda

Friday 12th of February 2021

I never comment on recipes, even though I cook a ton, but this was INCREDIBLE!! One of the best things I’ve ever cooked. Your chili will now be a regular rotation recipe for our family. That pumpkin created such a nice silky texture and even though there are a ton of veggies, it makes a hearty bowl. Thank you so much for this gem! Absolutely perfect winter dish.

Jackie Buge

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Very interesting recipe thank you!

Julia

Monday 25th of January 2021

My pleasure!

Rebecca

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Can this recipe be made in a crockpot?

Julia

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Hi Rebecca!

Absolutely! I would just toss everything in and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8. You can also sauté the onion first before adding it to the crock pot for more flavor. Hope you enjoy! xo

Crystal

Friday 15th of January 2021

How much cider vinegar is recommended if added?

Julia

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Hi Crystal!

1 to 2 tablespoons to taste! xoxox

Susan

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Is there a particular brand of chicken broth that can be used while doing AIP

Julia

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Hi Susan,

I use Kettle & Fire or Pacific Foods bone broth. You can also use homemade broth, vegetable broth, or even beef broth :D

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