Just when you thought you didn’t need another chili recipe…
Here we go!
I’ve dubbed this “Game Day Chili” just in time for the Superbowl, as this would be a perfect meal to have simmering away and filling the house with delicious smells while you watch the game…. but I make it all winter long and encourage you to as well.
what else can I use?
- If you prefer, use all ground beef or all ground turkey for this recipe
- Use any kinds of beans you like, I like a mix of black and pinto beans
- The tomato paste adds great flavor, but if you don’t have any on hand, don’t let it stop you from making it
- I love to top this with scallions, avocado, and crushed tortilla chips, but cheese and sour cream are obvious and welcome additions as well
This Game Day Chili will be a perfect addition to your Superbowl spread, and something to make the day particularly exciting if, like me, you aren’t quite sure who is playing.
Game Day Turkey Chili
- large stockpot
- 2 lbs. ground turkey dark meat, preferably
- 2 cans beans, 15 ounces each pinto, black, or mix
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- pinch ground cloves optional
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes and their juices
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- In a large, heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
- Add the ground turkey along with a big pinch of salt and brown, breaking up as it cooks.
- When nicely browned and cooked through, remove from the pot and set aside.
- If the pot looks dry, add another tablespoon of oil. Add the tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds, stirring.
- Add the onion, celery, peppers, and garlic and saute until the vegetables are tender and translucent, about six minutes.
- Add the spices, another teaspoon of salt, and a few cracks of black pepper and stir until fragrant, about one minute.
- Add the tomatoes and juices and cook for another minute.
- Transfer the cooked meat back to the pot along with the beans and 3-4 cups of water.
- Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Taste and add salt if needed.
- Cover and simmer for one hour.
- Taste for seasoning before serving, then serve garnished with sliced green onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, cilantro, lime, avocado... whatever you'd like.