Recipe: winter-spiced chili

I’ve got a basic but nearly foolproof chili formula: a pound of ground meat, one onion, a few garlic cloves, two 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes (or a big 28 oz. one), a couple cans of beans, and hefty palmfuls of chili powder and cumin. After that, it’s all about improv, trying something new, and working with what you’ve got. I’ve been somewhat bent on cooking with beer recently, mostly because I have a 12-pack of Sam Adams Winter Lager that I’m trying to exhaust before I leave for the break. Turns out the stuff goes pretty well in a winter-themed chili that features a heady spice combination of chili, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. I added some oregano for an herbaceous lift, and the beer provided some nice caramel and citrus notes. All in all, I’m quite pleased with this latest chili rendition — I hope some form of it graces your table soon.
Winter-spiced chili
–serves 4-6–
1 pound ground turkey
1 white onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 carrots, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 12 oz. bottle Sam Adams Winter Lager
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 15 oz. can corn, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground allspice
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
In a deep saute pan, start the vegetable oil on medium heat. Saute onions, celery, and carrots for 5-7 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add garlic, oregano, and spices, and cook for a few more minutes until fragrant. Add turkey and cook until the meat is no longer pink and has released its juices. Add beer, tomatoes, and soy sauce. Bring mixture to a boil, then simmer for at least 30 minutes. Add the beans and corn to the chili a few minutes before serving. Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper as needed. Garnish with avocado slices, grated or shredded cheese, lime wedges, and sour cream.

One thought on “Recipe: winter-spiced chili

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s