Friday, November 2, 2012

honey + beer turkey chili

happy friday friends! how about some chili for your weekend?

in college, my sorority hosted a chili cook-off every fall, and one year my girlfriends and i made a turkey and beer chili. i'm not sure where that recipe is today (if we even had a recipe?), but it was so delicious that i decided to figure out one for myself. yum. YUM. it's thick, spicy, slightly sweet from the honey, and just all-around dang good.

here's what you'll need:
1 tblspn olive oil
1 diced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground turkey breast
1 1/2 bottles beer (i used shiner)
1/4 cup honey (i am obsessed with this honey that i picked up at the farmer's market last weekend)
1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 6oz. can tomato paste
1 4.5oz. can diced green chiles
2 tblspn chili powder
1.5 tsp cumin
1.5 tsp cayenne
1 16oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 16oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
whatever you want to top it with! i just sprinkled diced onion and cheddar, but you could add jalapenos, chives, tortilla chips, fritos, etc.

in a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. add onions and saute for 3 minutes. add garlic and saute 1 min. add the turkey and cook through, mixing and breaking apart the meat - should take about 8-10 minutes.

next, add the honey, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, chiles, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and 1 bottle of beer to the pot. stir to mix thoroughly and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes.

next, add the extra 1/2 bottle of beer. sip on the leftover 1/2 while you let the chili simmer for 20 more minutes.

now add the black & kidneys beans, stir them in, and let it simmer for another 20 minutes.

...and you're done! serve with whatever toppings make you happy and enjoy! xx


  1. beer really does make everything better!

  2. Yes, I remember this!!! That was THE BEST chili, and I've been looking for that recipe every since... so glad you made this. CANNOT wait to try it!!

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