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Mom's "Best" Chili

What You’ll Need: 

2 tbsp olive oil

1 med yellow onion

1/2 each of red/green bell pepper

1/2 tbsp jalapeno pepper*

1/4 habanero pepper*

2 garlic cloves, minced

3-4 mushrooms (chopped)

2 lb ground turkey/chicken/plant based beef

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp chicken vegetable stock mix

1 (12 oz) can or bottle of beer

1 (14 oz) can stewed tomatoes (garlic and olive oil preferably)

1 (14 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

1 can (19 oz) can “Chili Seasonings” diced stewed tomatoes (or some variation of this)

2-3 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp BBQ sauce

2 1/2 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1 (19 oz) can mixed kidney beans

1 (19 oz) can chick peas

* modify more or less depending on desired “heat”.


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, peppers, mushrooms and garlic. Cook until softened.

  2. Cook turkey with1 tbsp olive in medium-high hot skillet until brown and crumbly. Add Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder, stock mix and beer. Continue to cook for about 3-5 mins. Stir mixture into pepper mixture.

  3. Stir cans of tomatoes to the turkey mixture. Add chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, basil, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper.

  4. Cover and simmer for about 60 mins, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add beans and chick peas and simmer for about 30 mins more.

Bonus: Add a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese, if desired

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