What to make for the tailgate at Cornell, has been the question on my mind this week. Since the Princeton Tigers Football Team are currently on top of the Ivy League standings and red hot … let’s have some Red Hot Tiger Chili and then go beat the Cornell Big Red.
This recipe is quick and full of spices! I’ve made lots of chili through the years, but this recipe has become my favorite for it’s unique taste. I adapted it from the Food Network’s 30-Minute Turkey Chili recipe.
For tailgating, you can whip this up quickly on game day or make it the night before, refrigerate, and reheat. The recipe serves 4 large size bowls, so double or triple the recipe for a tailgating crowd and then serve from a crockpot to keep warm.
RED HOT TIGER CHILI
30-Minute Turkey Chili
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 chipotle chile en adobo, coarsely chopped, with 1 tablespoon sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle molido
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 (12-ounce) Mexican lager-style beer
- 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
- 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
- Sliced scallions, cilantro sprigs, avocado, sour cream, grated Monterey jack cheese, and/or tortilla chips, for garnish, optional
- Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste and the chipotle chile, sauce & seasoning; cook 1 minute more.
- Add the turkey, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and cook until the meat loses its raw color, about 3 minutes.
- Add the beer and simmer until reduced by about half, about 8 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes–crushing them through your fingers into the skillet–along with their juices and the beans; bring to a boil.
- Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 10 minutes.
- Serve with the garnishes of your choice.