Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cooking Under the Influence: Stout and Molasses Chipotle Chili

As the weather gets a little cooler, we get into my favorite time of year. I love the colors on the trees, cozy sweaters, and football- oh, how I love football. Along with all of that, I start to really use my slow cooker a lot, and there are few things I like more than working on perfecting my chili.

There are a ton of chili recipes out there, and more than a few of them involve beer. I found a recipe that I liked, and then changed a few ingredients around. This particular recipe is a little different than most of what's out there, but that's part of what made it fun to try.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion (Vidalia), diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 lbs ground turkey (I wound up using closer to 3, which worked out just fine)
1 can, 28 oz, crushed tomatoes
1 package, 10 oz, frozen corn
1 can, 15 oz, kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup dark beer (I used an imperial stout, I used the whole thing to compensate for the added turkey)
1/3 cup molasses
3 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons chipotle-style hot sauce
1-2 tablespoons flour

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir one minute.
  2. Add turkey to skillet; cook and stir until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, stirring until mixed. Transfer to slow cooker. Cover; cook on low 8-10 hours.
In hindsight, I could have done a little less of the hot sauce, but that's just because I'm not a huge fan of very spicy food. The Big Guy liked it, though, and probably would have added more hot sauce from the beginning.

I served it with some shredded cheese and sour cream, but you can use your favorite chili fixins. That's right- fixins. I will say, this is not a light chili. It's really filling and has some big flavors. I'm glad that the recipe called for ground turkey because I almost think it'd be too much with ground beef. Having said that, I was a big fan of the chipotle flavors mixing with the molasses and the stout flavors.

If you're looking for a chili recipe with great flavors that's just a little different, this one won't disappoint!

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