Tequila & Lime Turkey Chili

Tequila, fresh squeezed lime, honey and soy sauce yield a flavorful turkey chili. Adobo chiles and a little extra tequila add a little kick.
Hearty, meaty, easy and a lil boozy!
Hearty, meaty, easy and a lil boozy!
Hearty, meaty, easy and a lil boozy!

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

255

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

255

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    slice high-quality white sandwich bread, torn into quarters

  • 2

    tablespoons whole milk

  • 1

    pound ground turkey

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 1/4

    teaspoon 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 fresh oregano, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried

  • 1/4

    teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1

    (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1

    (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1

    (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/4

    cup tequila, divided, plus extra as needed

  • 2

    tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1

    tablespoon honey

  • 1/2 to 1

    teaspoon canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce, minced

  • 1

    teaspoon lime zest, grated

  • 1

    tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus extra as needed

  • Avocado, diced, optional

  • Sour cream, optional

Directions

Mash bread and milk into paste in large bowl using fork. Mix in ground turkey, salt and pepper, using hands. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, until shimmering. Add onions, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, cumin, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook until vegetables are softened and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in turkey mixture and cook, breaking up any large pieces with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, scraping up any browned bits; transfer to slow cooker. Stir diced tomatoes with juice, beans, 3 tablespoons tequila, soy sauce, honey, and chipotles into the slow cooker. Cover and cook until turkey is tender, 4 to 6 hours, on Low. Let chili settle for 5 minutes, then remove fat from surface using a large spoon. Stir in remaining tablespoon tequila, lime zest, and lime juice. Season with salt, pepper, tequila and lime juice to taste and serve. Optional: garnish with diced avocado and sour cream.

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