Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar

Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar
A few things you should know before divulging into this recipe :
one. I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio, and we're like the chili capital of the world. Or something like that. All that being said, I hate, hate, hate Cincinnati style chili. I spent my entire life detesting places like Skyline, Gold Star, and the multitude of other chili joints that are all over town. I only started eating chilli at a grilled cheese place that had the most amazing blue cheese chili. I liked that, but have liked nothing else, hence why I wanted to make my own recipe.

two. I also really dislike beans. Or at least kidney beans and the kinds in chili. Lima beans are okay - I guess. Anyhow, I don't do beans. So this recipe is bean free. I am also afraid of spice. This recipe is for a more sweet/savor chili, not spicy.

three. I am actually still scared of using my slow cooker. Leaving a hot, cooking meal in my apartment with my dog all day? Scary stuff.

So being forewarned, here is a delicious recipe for turkey chili made with lots of sweet onions, red peppers, a dark Porter for taste, and topped with shredded white cheddar and light sour cream. It's delicious and nothing like the frightening chili places I grew up around.

What You'll Need
Homemade Chili Seasoning
          4 Teaspoons Chili Powder
          1 Teaspoon Paprika
          1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
          1 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt
          1 Teaspoon White Pepper
          2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar
          1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
          1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
2 Sweet Onions (Medium/Small size, see photo)
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Package Ground Lean Turkey Meat - I use Shadybrook Farms
4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 6 Ounce Can Tomato Paste
1.5 Cups Crushed Tomatos (I used Hunt's with Basil)
.5 Cups Dark Beer, like Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter
Light Sour Cream for serving
Shredded White Cheddar cheese for serving (I suggest a sharp cheddar, like an Aged NY White Cheddar)

Make your seasoning mix by combining all of the ingredients in a small dish, like shown.
Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar   Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar
Cut your two onions and bell pepper into small, minced pieces and put aside in a bowl.
Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar    Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar
Put your ground turkey into a bowl. Pour in 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce and 1/2 the seasoning mix and mix together well with your hands.
Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar
Brown the turkey meat and begin to break into small pieces. Drain the turkey meat.
Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar
Throw in the bell peppers and onions and pour the rest of the seasoning over top. Stir well and cook on a medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until the onions start to get a big translucent.
Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar    Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar
Put this mixture into a slow cooker pot, and add the 6 ounce can of tomato paste, the 1.5 cups crushed tomatoes, and .5 cups beer. Stir well and cover, then cook on low for 5 hours.
Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar

Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar
Serve in bowls and top with a dollop of light sour cream and a handful of white cheddar. Stir in and enjoy!

Turkey Chili with Porter and White Cheddar

Skype with the Hubby
The hubby and I get on Skype and cook together most every Sunday. He made broccoli cheddar soup (the one from the blog) thought tonight!


  1. I love that meme. It's so ridiculous. and if I weren't a vegetarian, I would eat this all.

    1. I wonder if this with crumbled tofu would work? I'd try it

  2. I love chili...all kinds, so I'm very curious to try this one out:) It's funny though b/c I also hate kidney beans in chili...way too big. I have been making a vegetarian chili lately with pinto and garbanzo beans and it's been my go to for winter. Bookmarking this baby...so it's on my list of recipes to give a go.

  3. thanks for sharing...looks so yummy and so easy to prepare! I love the cheese on top!


  4. Mr. A loves his chili! He has won some competitions for it in the past. He's like a chili expert. I know nothing.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  5. Hehe, I'm from Kentucky so all I can think is 'That's not chili!!! Where are the NOODLES????'
    We were on a road trip once and I ordered chili. When I got a big bowl of meat like this I was SUPER disappointed. Chili needs beans, and elbow macaroni underneath. I'm sure this is good, but it's not proper chili ;)

  6. I don't like chili myself, so I cannot comment on that. ;)

    But I'll tell you that your doggie is SUPER CUTE! X


  7. I think this looks delicious! I've never been of a chili fan, but I might have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!



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