Brazos Turkey Chili

  1. 4 green chili peppers
    1 onion, chopped
    6 garlic cloves, crushed
    2 tablespoons cumin seed
    3 tablespoons chili powder
    1 tablespoon ground coriander
    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    1 tablespoon pepper
    2 pounds ground turkey
  2. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    4 cups seeded and chopped tomatoes
    2 cups chicken broth
    1 cup apple cider
    7 ounces jalapeƱos, seeded and chopped
    1/4 cup baking cocoa
    2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
    2 tablespoons cilantro
    1/4 cup sour cream
  1. Lightly toast red chili peppers and green chili peppers on a griddle. Cover with boiling water and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and blend in a food processor, adding just enough soaking liquid, to make a paste; set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, saute chopped onion, crushed garlic cloves, and cumin seed over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the chili pepper paste, chili powder, coriander, cinnamon, and pepper; saute for 5 minutes and set aside.
  5. In a large kettle, brown ground turkey in oil. Add chopped tomatoes, chicken broth, cider and chopped jalapenos.
  6. Add the vegetable mixture and bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes.
  7. Just before serving, stir in unsweetened baking cocoa. Garnish with chopped green onions, cilantro, and sour cream.
  8. Makes 8 servings

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases