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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.

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  • 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


Servings 8
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 255mins
Adapted from


Step 1

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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