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Top 5 Favorites of 2009… #2 Game Day Chili

Not only was this one of our favorite days of the year (Gator Football Game Day Opener!)…but this became one of the best things I’ve made all year.  Who knew adding 2 new flavors to good old chili would make it so good?  Those dried New Mexico chilies I found at Publix and a few pieces of chocolate really turned this chili into something special.  The list of ingredients seems long…but it’s really no trouble since it’s all going in one pot to cook slowly while you wait for kick off!

Game Day Chili

Game Day Chili

Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen

(Printable Recipe)
1 TB olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Spanish onion, chopped
1 lb mild turkey sausage, casings removed
1 red pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 jalapenos, chopped
1 cup of grilled corn kernels, about 2-3 ears of corn
1 can chili beans, drained but not rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained but not rinsed
3 TB chili powder (I did a combination of regular chili powder, chipotle chili powder and New Mexico chili powder)
1 TB smoked paprika
1 TB cumin
1 TB garlic powder
1 tsp cinnamon
3 good pinches of salt
1 dried New Mexico chili, whole
1/2 bottle Sam Adams Octoberfest (if you prefer not to use beer, sub 1 cup red wine, chicken broth or water)
1 28 can of diced tomatoes
4 squares dark chocolate (about 1 oz), rough chopped

Heat Dutch oven with 1 TB olive oil. Add onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened, season with salt and pepper. Add turkey sausage and crumble. Cook through, then add chopped peppers. Cook for about 10 minutes until peppers begin to soften. Add chili powder, spices, salt and dried chili and stir. Once all the spices have combined with veggies and meat, pour in half a bottle of Sam Adams Octoberfest (or any other beer you are drinking) and deglaze bottom of pot. Cook for 1-2 minutes then add in tomatoes and stir. Bring chili up to a boil then simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Add chocolate to chili and stir. Continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes on low heat. Taste for salt.

Serve with your favorite toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream or Greek yogurt, grilled corn kernels, chopped cilantro, green onions

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8 Responses to “Top 5 Favorites of 2009… #2 Game Day Chili”

  1. Misty posted December 30, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Chili is one of my favorite meals. We attend an annual chili cookoff and its one of the highlights of my year. I’ve never put beer in it and I’ve never used chocolate. I shop at Publix too so when i go on my daily Publix run, I’m going to check out the New Mexico Chili. This recipe might be what I prepare this upcoming week for my Bama National Championship party. Roll Tide! (I’m not a redneck, I promise)

  2. Erica posted December 30, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I just had black bean chocolate chili at a local restaurant and I’m in love! It made such a flavorful difference. This looks beautiful Aggie 🙂

  3. bellini valli posted December 30, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Chili is just one of those go to meals that save the day Aggie. Have a wonderful New Year!!!!

  4. Diana @ frontyardfoodie posted December 30, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Wowsers, I’m sitting in my cold office right now wishing I had something cozy and warm like that!

  5. fittingbackin posted December 30, 2009 at 10:36 am

    that looks SO good!

  6. Sarah posted December 30, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I somehow missed that you moved sites! I love this chili recipes. Def going to be printed and used 🙂

  7. Jamie posted January 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Aggie,
    Thanks for making this incredible chili on New Year’s Day for all of us. It was sooooo good! What a great creation!

  8. Melissa posted January 4, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I definitely remember this one too and I saw this #2 post while I was still on vacation and saved it again. I love the chili powder combo and the addition of the dried chile – I discovered last year just how awesome cooking with dried ones can be and I was thrilled to see how much you enjoyed it too.

    Just scanned my printout… I have everything in the house for this aside from the chocolate, bell peppers and ground meat. Nice!

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