Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Megan's Springfield Chili

Megan's Springfield Chili


2 - 3 slices of Bacon, finely chopped

2 - Shallots, minced (or 1 - small Onion, minced)

2 - Garlic cloves, minced

1 - lb. ground Turkey

½ - 1 lb. ground Pork or ground Beef

1½ cups of Hard Cider or 1½ cups of GF Beer *

¾ - 1 tsp. Chipotle Chile Powder (or to taste)

½ - 1 tsp. Chili Powder (or to taste)

¾ - 1½ tsp. Cumin (or to taste)

½ - 1 tsp. Mexican Oregano (optional)

½ tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 - 8 oz. can of plain Tomato Sauce

3 - 4 cups of Chicken broth (or more if needed)

1 - 2 cubes of Beef Bouillon

1 - 15 oz. can of Pinto Beans, drained

1 - 15 oz. can of Kidney Beans, Pink Beans, or Red Beans, drained

1 - 15 oz. can of Black Beans, drained (optional)

Serve with:

Sour Cream, Lime Wedges, Hot Sauce, Shredded Cheese, Fresh Chopped Cilantro, etc.

In a large stock pot or dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until cooked and lightly browned. Add shallot/onion and sauté until soft and translucent (4-6 minutes). Stir in garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

Turn up the heat to medium-high, add the ground turkey and ground beef/pork, cook for 5-10 minutes or until meat is browned. Add Hard Cider/ GF Beer and cook until liquid has reduced to ½ cup. Stir in the two Chili Powders, Cumin, Mex. Oregano (if using), Salt, Worcestershire Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Broth, and Bouillon. Bring to a light boil, then immediately turn heat down to low, cover and allow to simmer for 20 - 30 minutes. Stir in beans and cook for 10 to 15 minutes more, or until chili is heated through. Remove heat and serve.

Makes about 6-8 servings

* All Hard Ciders that I know of are Gluten-Free (but always check with the manufacturer) and can be found at most if not all liquor stores. Gluten-Free Beer however is harder to find, call your local liquor store to see if they carry any, Redbridge by Budweiser is the most readily available brand (it's not bad for Gluten-Free, but it's also not the same as the real thing! Works fine in this recipe though!)

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