Chili with Dr. Pepper and cocoa powder. Intriguing, huh? I ran into this recipe on the awesome blog Sweet Basil and I knew I had to make it!
Turns out it’s easy to make and wonderfully delicious in the way that only chili can be. It’s slightly spicy and has a satisfying sweetness (but not overly so) from both the Dr. Pepper and cocoa powder. I loved finding the chunks of sweet peppers in my bowl, too, which added some variety of both texture and color.
We ate this with and without toppings, and it was great both ways, but I just loved a little dollop of sour cream to balance it out just a tad. If you’re a chili-lover, give this new recipe a try…and then come back and thank me. (Amazing Diner isn’t much of a chili fan and I’m figuring Little Diner isn’t, either…yet.)
DP Chili from Sweet Basil
2 T. canola oil
1 large yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 each red, yellow, & green bell peppers, minced
1 lb. ground turkey
1 T. chili powder
1 heaping T. cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne (or more to taste)
1 tsp. oregano
1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. thyme
1 12 oz. Dr. Pepper
1 tub Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock
2 T. tomato paste
1 can, pinto beans, drained
1 can tomatoes for chili (or Mexican-style tomatoes)
sour cream, cheese, green onions etc. for serving
- In a heavy bottomed pot, add the oil and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 5-7 min.
- Add the garlic, stirring everything together to not burn the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the minced bell peppers and sauté for another 2-4 minutes or until the peppers are tender.
- Add the ground turkey to the pot and cook through until almost cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Dump all of the spices over the meat and quickly stir it all in. Let the spices cook onto the meat for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the Dr. Pepper, tomato paste, and Knorr stock. Stir until the tub of stock and paste have dissolved.
- Add the pinto beans, and tomatoes and turn the heat down to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes to all day. The longer it simmers the better the flavor.
- Serve with sour cream, grated cheese, green onions, and chips.
Average Fork Rating: 3.4
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 5
Amazing Diner: 2
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner: 2