Pale Ale Turkey Chili

January 31, 2014

Cooking for a crowd (or even a small crew) for the big game can be tricky when you have little ones because traditional football-watching fare is either too spicy or too greasy. After a lot of trial and error, I've come up with a chili recipe that's perfect for Super Bowl Sunday--not too much heat so the kiddos can enjoy, but it's hearty enough for the manliest of men. Plus, it has beer in it, which could never be a bad thing (the alcohol cooks off, of course).  

Pale Ale Turkey Chili
1 lb ground turkey
1 small white onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 25oz can kidney beans, drained
1 15oz can black beans, drained
1 15oz can pinto beans, drained
2 15oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 large tomato, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin 
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
 ½ cup pale ale (I used an Indian Pale Ale, or IPA)

Topping ideas: cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped onion, hot sauce, jalapenos, avocado, tortilla chips, chopped tomato
In a large stockpot, brown the ground turkey with the onion, bell pepper, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Stir in remaining ingredients, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours. Alternatively, you can brown the turkey without the veggies, then place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.


  1. Sounds delish & a total must try!

    1. Try it -- the little one will love!

    2. Super comfort food! I could really appreciate a bowl of that right now. It's cold!


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