Saturday, August 9, 2008

Summer Chili

Dear Lauren,
You do not like beer. At all. In fact, you hate it. So was it really a smart idea to elect a recipe that involved cooking with it? Did you really think that, along with most of the alcohol, the TASTE would cook out? Not so much, chica. Next time, try wine or broth.
Love and kisses,

Well, I was so psyched for this recipe for Summer Chili by Patty. SO.PSYCHED. But I'm a moron. I don't know why I didn't sub in something else for the beer, but I could totally taste it, and no amount of sour cream or cheddar cheese could mask the flavor.

Other than that, though, I think I liked it... I couldn't finish my dish, though, because of the beer taste. I definitely want a do-over with this one with either wine or beef broth.

Pat loved it, though, so if you like a good brewski, go for it!

You can find Patty's original recipe by clicking the link above. My version is below.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1 pound ground turkey
½ - ¾ cup summer ale
1 can black beans
1 can of pink beans
1 zucchini, roughly diced
1 1/2-2 cups tomato sauce
1 tbsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder (not as much as regular chili!!)
2 - 3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
1 ½ - 2 tablespoons honey
Splash of lime juice (optional)
Toppers: Cheddar cheese, green onions, chopped tomatoes
Heat your pan to medium, put the olive oil into the pan. Toss in the chopped onion. Brown your ground turkey.
Pour in the beer and cook for a few minutes to let the alcohol cook out.
Drop the heat back to medium and add in everything else, no particular order (except for the toppings, of course!). Then, let simmer for 20 – 25 minutes. At the very last second – cut a lime in half and squeeze the juice over the chili.
Serve warm over rice with your choice of toppings. I happen to like cheese, green onions & chopped tomatoes.


  1. Next time were are over Im sure George will like it too! You can just make me brownies or something! :-P

  2. Mmmm.... chili over rice! What a great recipe!!


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