Turkey Chorizo Game Day Chili

It’s that time of year again- where we are forced to trade our flip flops for boots, summer dresses for leggings, and Big Papi for Tom Brady. Fall marks the start of many things, but if you’re from New England, the best part of fall is the day Tom Brady walks back into your life. With Edelman, Gronk, and Garropolo not far behind (*gush*). The return of football also means the return of tailgating and Sunday funday in a strong way. Whether you are tailgating at Gillette before the game or you’re hosting a football party of your own, you have to have exceptionally good snacks ready. After all, there’s really no such thing as a tailgate without good food (and beer).

Usually my go-to for football parties is a buff chicken or spinach arti dip, but this past Sunday I made a turkey chili with chorizo from Chestnut Farms, and it did not disappoint. I know what you’re thinking, chili is an obvious choice for football games, but to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan. You have to make chili with some interesting flavors, otherwise they can all taste the same to me; like a cafeteria sloppy joe (yuck). For this recipe, I used turkey chorizo, which really added a flavor pop, added in some beans, lentils and veggies,threw it all in the crockpot and topped it with cheese and avocado when it was finished. How easy does that sound? Piece of pumpkin spice cake. The heartiness and mix of flavors that emerged were beyond my expectations- this chili might just be my new go-to.

The Break-Down:

  • 1lb turkey chorizo from Chestnut Farms
  • 1 28 oz can rushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz bottle of low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 cup uncooked lentils (they add a little extra heartiness and will cook in the crockpot)
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped finely (I used on yellow, one orange)
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • s + p to taste
  • Optional additions to top off: shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, etc.

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Add all ingredients to the crock pot and cook for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally, or not, it’s your life you can live it how you please. Scoop into bowls, add your chosen toppings, and let the game begin!

I told you it was easy! Force feed this to your tipsy friends and enjoy the game! Go Pats!

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