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Tequila and Lime Turkey Chili

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This recipe comes from America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution (page ). In ATK's true style, some unique ingredients are added, along with a panade (milk soaked bread) to prevent the ground turkey from being dry. Some turkey chilis can taste bland, but adding tequila, fresh squeezed lime, honey and soy sauce (yes, that's right) yields a flavorful turkey chili. Of course a little extra tequila, added just before serving, makes a nice touch. I guess you'd call this grown up chili! Could you leave out the tequila? I would think so, but I can't guarantee it would taste as good as the original recipe.


1 slice high-quality white sandwich bread, torn into quarters
2 Tablespoons whole milk
1 pound ground turkey
salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, minced
2 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or ½ tsp dried
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup tequila, plus extra as needed
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce*
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus extra as needed
you can reduce the chipotle to ½ tsp, if you don't like spicy heat

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