Rach's turkey and bacon chili gets sweetened up with apple and molasses—and topped with the works.
"Upstate New York in late fall," Rach says. "In a bowl."
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil, such as safflower, sunflower or peanut
- ⅓ pound meaty bacon, finely chopped or diced
- 1 ½ - 2 pounds ground turkey, light and dark meat combined or leftover pulled turkey meat
- 2 small-medium ribs celery with leafy tops, chopped
- 1 crisp apple, such as Northern Spy or Gala, peeled and chopped ¼-inch dice
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
- Salt and pepper
- 1 round tablespoon chili powder, Ancho or chili blend such as Gebhardt's, a palmful
- 2 teaspoons ground yellow mustard, ⅔ palmful
- 2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika, pimenton
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin, ½ palmful
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
- 5-6 leaves fresh sage, thinly sliced or chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried, ⅓ palmful)
- About 2 tablespoons molasses
- About 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- About 1 tablespoon smoked soy sauce or Tamari
- About 2 cups turkey or chicken stock
- Crumbled or shredded extra sharp white cheddar cheese
- Finely chopped raw white onion or scallions
- Pickled jalapeño pepper rings, mild or hot
- Corn tortilla chips, for dipping and scooping
Heat a large cast-iron skillet, nonstick skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon oil, a turn of the pan. Add bacon and render. Add turkey and brown and crumble. Add celery, apple, onions (Rach uses her bench scrape — or "food mover"), jalapeño peppers and garlic, then season with salt, pepper, chili powder, mustard, paprika, cumin, coriander, sage and thyme. Stir and soften vegetables with meat, 5-6 minutes. Add molasses, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and stock, lower heat and simmer to thicken 10-15 minutes at low bubble.
Serve chili in shallow bowls topped with cheese, onion, jalapeño pepper rings and chips alongside for scooping.