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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chili with Smoked Poblano Chiles

It's cold, snowy, and the Super Bowl is this upcoming weekend.  Sounds like the perfect time to make a pot of chili for the big game.  No deflated taste here.  Lets move to the kitchen and have a look.

Back when peppers were in season, I fire roasted and smoked some for use over the winter.

I decided this was the perfect time to kick up my normal chili recipe a bit.  So I grabbed a package of the frozen poblanos from the freezer and add them to this pot of chili.

Here is my base recipe for a batch of chili:

1 Pound of Ground Meat (I used lean turkey for this batch)
1 Small Onion, diced
1 Bell Pepper, diced
2 Jalapeño Peppers, sliced
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Granulated Garlic
2 Tsp Ground Cumin
1 Can Dark Kidney Beans, do not drain
1 28 ounce Container Of Tomato Puree (I like the puree as it adds some body to the final product)
1 16 ounce Bottle Of Hot Picante
1 12 ounce Beer
2 Cups of Water

For this batch, I substituted the smoked poblano for the jalapeños.

So, grab your dutch oven add your olive oil and heat to brown your ground meat.  If I use beef, I drain the fat  But, since this batch was made with turkey, draining was not needed.  While the turkey was browning, I prepared the rest of my ingredients.

First, I took my poblanos and removed the outer skin.  I used to go though the hassle of putting the hot peppers in paper bags to steam off the skin for removal.  Chilebrown over at Mad Meat Genius suggested that this was not needed.  Just freeze your roasted peppers whole and remove the skins after thawing.  Much easier he said.  Trust me.  Well, he was right.  Thanks for the tip Chilebrown.

I then diced my onion and pepper, not fine, but a nice rough chop to add some texture to the final product.  I also measured out my spices into a bowl.

Once the meat was about halfway through the browning process, I added my peppers, onion, and garlic and sautéed until translucent.  Then, I added my spices, poblanos and brown sugar and sautéed for about one more minute.

Next, all of the wet ingredients go into the pot along with the beer and the water.  I used Penn Brewery Oktoberfest for this pot of chili as it was the darkest beer in the house.  In my opinion, darker beer is better in chili.  Then, bring your pot to a boil and let simmer for at least two hours.  This particular batch simmered for about four hours.  Crack the lid on the pot so that you can reduce the volume a bit, concentrating the flavors.  Stir your pot occasionally as well.

I usually serve my chili with diced sweet onion, four cheese Mexican blend, and a dollop of sour cream on top.  I also paired this dinner with a pan of Toasted Cumin Buttermilk Cornbread.

Simple and easy, this is a meal that is perfect for a cold winter night.

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Tis the season for some comforting chili. Your recipe sounds great. I want to try the cumin on the cornbread too. I hope to make some chili next week from leftover SR Super Bowl brisket..

    1. I cannot wait to see your write up of your SRF brisket. I too have some ideas for leftover brisket in the future...