Turkey Sausage and Sirloin Chili

A few months ago I was watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and they said something that surprised me about spicy foods. Eating spicy foods in the summer actually cools you off. After they explained that it forces you to sweat which in turn, cools you off, it made sense, in a weird way.
With that little meaningless bit of facts out of the way, I’ll move on to those of us, like me, who love spicy foods in the winter when its nice and cool and it warms you up. Aside from delicious bowls of phở, which I have never actually made, the next best thing is Chili. Spicy, meaty chili. After a bit of snow this past weekend, I realized it was time. Here is a recipe that I got from a music message board
(Takes about 3 hours for flavors to fully develop)
32 oz Chicken stock (slightly less for thicker chili)
28 oz tomato sauce (El Pato works best)
2 minced garlic cloves
1 large red onion diced
8 Tbl chili powder
2 Tbl brown sugar
3 Tbl unsweetened chocolate (1.5 1 oz cube)
1 Dark beer (but you can use whatever, just not miller light)
1 Tbl cumin
1 tsp adobo
Fresh Ancho Chili Paste – take dried chilis, soak in hot water and then puree (or from a can)
2 Cans of beans drained (red, light red, black, your choice)
2 Tbl olive oil
1 lbs ground sirloin
1 lbs turkey sausage (removed from casing)
Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, simmer 2 minutes. Add onions and cook for until translucent. Add tomato sauce, stock, onion, brown sugar, 6 Tbl of chili powder, 2 Tbl chocolate, cumin, ancho chilis, beer and adobo. Bring to boil and reduce heat to medium/low and let simmer uncovered for one hour.
Near the end of the hour, brown the beef and sausage.
After broth has simmered, add drained beans, meat, 2 tbl of chili powder and 1 tbl chocolate. Let simmer on very low for 2 hours.

About Evan Halperin

I like to eat. I like to cook. I like to eat what I cook. Now, I will share with you what I like to cook. My wife and I may be a vegetarian and a carnivore, but it doesn’t mean we can’t cook a nice meal with both, without compromising taste. I will share my creative meals of the Carnivore and the Vegetarian.
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7 Responses to Turkey Sausage and Sirloin Chili

  1. As I sit watching the snow come down outside, your chili recipe is really calling my name! Sounds delicious. I've never added chocolate to chili before, very intriguing.

  2. Thanks for the compliment. The chocolate really deepens the flavor and adds to the complexity of the 'broth'

  3. Ali Smith says:

    Don- I am making this recipe as soon as possible…sounds delicious…what beer do you use?

  4. You can really use anything, but something like a guinness works great. Any stout or porter is ideal.

  5. natural vitamin sources is to eat garlic to taste great, even better than the antibiotics he is my miracle swine flu.

  6. I lOVE chili! Especially with onions and cheese and a side of corn bread. YUM!!!

  7. i cheated and made cornbread from the box added corn.

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