Today we are shaking up the traditional chili recipe by adding two secret ingredients – coco powder and almond butter. Now before you think I am absolutely nuts, let me explain. I think one of the best things about chili is that everyone has their favorite version. Yes, it’s a classic fall recipe, but it’s been done so many ways! There really isn’t only one correct way to make it, so I’m always looking for new ways to add a flavor twist. Coco powder and almond butter add a richness to chili. They’re just noticeable enough to complement the taste, but not too much to overpower the rest.
You all know the love affair I have with peanut butter. I have it at least once a day and have not really deviated since I was about five years old. Now, enter Revival Food Co. and their almond butter. Rachel and Ashley of Revival have made me eager to explore more almond butter flavors. Their almond butter is just as delicious smeared generously on a piece of toast as it is used for baking and cooking.
Ever since moving to Indianapolis last year, I have been welcomed into this food community. The Revival gals are part of the group I looked forward to running into at farmers’ markets, food festivals and new pastry shops. Every time I would see their booth out and about, I was excited to taste their almond butter and chat with them. A few weeks ago they mentioned their Coco Love almond butter would be a great pair for chili. I was so curious I had to give it a try myself! Before I did, you better believe I took a spoon to the jar to get a scoop of this nutty, crunchy and chocolate almond butter. I mean look at that view below!
The chili recipe originates from my go-to easy turkey chili recipe, but with the addition of the coco powder and almond butter right before you add the broth, turkey, tomatoes and beans. This allows the flavors of the coco and almond butter to release with the heat of the pan. Simmer everything together and I guarantee the flavors get better as they sit. As with any chili recipe, you could swap the turkey for beef or extra beans. I used two kinds of pepper to add color and two kinds of beans for extra protein. Use what you have an adjust the amount of broth if you’re going to make a smaller batch!
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 bell peppers, diced
- 1 clove garlic, diced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons coco powder
- 3 tablespoons almond butter, preferably Revival Coco Love Almond Butter
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cans beans (black, red or cannelloni), drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Toppings of choice (optional): cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, shaved chocolate, etc.
- Over medium high heat, warm about 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large soup pot or dutch oven. Once pan is hot, add ground turkey. Season with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of black pepper. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
- While turkey is cooking, dice onion, garlic and peppers.
- Once turkey is browned, remove from pan and spoon onto a plate.
- Add remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil and diced onion and peppers to the pan. Cook until onions are translucent and slightly golden brown. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute more.
- Add chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt to onions and garlic. Stir and cook for about 30 seconds. Add coco powder and almond butter. Stir to incorporate
- Add diced tomatoes, chicken broth and beans to pot. Stir all together.
- Turn heat up to high and bring mixture to a boil. Once bubbling, reduce heat to low and simmer chili for 15-20 minutes.
- Spoon into bowl and serve with toppings.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for three to four days, or in the freezer for up to three months.
You can find Revival almond butter locally in Indiana and the Midwest or follow them on Instagram here. Once you can order their products online, I’ll post an update on social media! While you could certainly use any almond butter in this chili, I think Revival’s Coco Love adds that extra special love to the dish. I can’t wait to hear what you think when you try the recipe!
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Thank you to Revival Food Co. for letting me try your almond butter!