Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tailgate Tuesday: Tailgate Turkey Chili

My husband originally found the base for this recipe as he was looking for a recipe for a chili cook-off at work. At first I was apprehensive about the hot chocolate mix but it turned out being the secret ingredient to this awesome chili. This chili is anything but bland, which also makes it great! Enjoy this chili over noodles or served with a nice corn bread muffin and you have a great hearty meal for any tailgate or just to enjoy as you are watching the game from your own home.

(note: Tailgate Tuesday posts are special features written for the SideLion Report from us gals of The Thrifty Table. Check in every Tuesday for a new recipe perfect for that week's tailgate party!)

Tailgate Turkey Chili (recipe adapted from Smokin' Scovilles Turkey Chili on allrecipes.com)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope instant hot chocolate mix
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring (optional)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes ( for more heat, get tomatoeswith green chile peppers), drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup cheap beer
  • 1/2 cup canned whole kernel corn
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, green peppers and jalapeno pepper; cook and stir until the onion is transparent. Push these to one side of the pot, and crumble in the ground turkey. Cover, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the meat is no longer pink.
  2. Put vegetables and turkey into a slow cooker. Season with chili powder, red pepper flakes, paprika, cumin, oregano, pepper, hot cocoa mix and seasoned salt. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and kidney beans. Crack open a beer, and pour in about 1/3. Drink or discard the rest. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 2-4 hours.
  3. Mix in the corn and hot pepper sauce about an hour before serving.

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