Dr Pepper Turkey Chili #SundaySupper

Dr Pepper Turkey Chili

Welcome to Sunday Supper!! Today is a special edition because it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and we are bringing you game day treats for the occasion.

Now personally, the Super Bowl would be a lot more super if the Cowboys were playing in it, and if it were not being held at the Giants/Jets stadium, but hey, what can you do? I am looking quite forward to the commercials!

Dr Pepper Turkey Chili

I love serving chili at Super Bowl parties, so that’s what I’m bringing to the virtual party today. This chili is quite unique, not properly Texan because it does have beans, but that’s okay; it’s not really spicy and has a sweet background note thanks to the soda. It is *most* excellent with some Frito scoops served alongside. And I would definitely categorize this one as kid friendly.

And now I shall raise my beer (or Dr Pepper!) to you and send you good vibes for a fun and safe Super Bowl party, funny commercials, a halftime show that doesn’t suck, and if your team is playing today, then may your team win!

Dr Pepper turkey chili

Enjoy this lovely chili, and be sure to check out the rest of the tasty game day grub from my fabulous Sunday Supper cohorts!

{One year ago: Happy Accident Mashed Potatoes}

Source: adapted from Oh Sweet Basil

2 tbs olive oil
1 lb. ground turkey, preferably dark meat
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbs chili powder
2 generous tbs ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tsp oregano, preferably Mexican
1 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp dried thyme
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 (12 oz.) can of Dr Pepper
1/2 bottle beer
2 tbs tomato paste
1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, drained
1 (15 oz.) can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce, such as Cholula
Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and Frito scoops, for serving

In a heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil. Add the turkey and crumble and cook until no traces of pink remain. Add the onion, pepper, and jalapeno. Saute until softened and cooked, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.
Add the chili powder, cumin, cayenne, oregano, cocoa, allspice, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Add the soda, beer and tomato paste. Cook, stirring to combine, for about 1 minute.
Now add the beans, tomatoes, Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Stir to combine and lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer at least 30 minutes, and up to 2 hours. The longer the better. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
Serve with the garnishes of your choice.

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84 responses to “Dr Pepper Turkey Chili #SundaySupper

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  11. Jennifer Miller/MealDiva

    I LOVE the frito chips! Perfect salty addition!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Yeah, the saltiness balanced out the sweetness of the chili perfectly (that and I always love Frito scoops with almost any chili I’m having). Thanks!

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  14. Dr. Pepper and chili! Love it! What a great recipe! Enjoy the commercials! I know my team the 49rs aren’t in it, but I’m going to root for Denver!

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  18. What a beautiful little cup of chili. Delicious!

  19. What a wonderful combination for a chili, I love how creative this is!!

  20. Yours was the recipe I was intrigued to see most when I saw the initial list! My husband is a huge Dr. Pepper fan and I have no doubt he’d enjoy this. #pinning

  21. Oh, I just love this! I make Dr. Pepper ribs a few times every summer, and it’s just such a versatile ingredient (who would have thought I would be calling soda an “ingredient”). I must try this chili!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thanks Lori! I haven’t yet tried Dr Pepper ribs, but I’m thinking come summer I have to correct that. They sound amazing!

  22. This looks great, and serving it with Fritos is an awesome idea!

  23. A very decadent chili. I know I will be dipping my fritos into a giant bowl.

  24. Oooh, I have never used Dr. Pepper in a chili, looks delish!

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  26. Interesting recipe. What a flavor component from the Dr. Pepper and something I never would have thought to add to chili.

  27. YUM! I’m loving all these twists on chili from the Sunday Supper crew…and yours looks outstanding!

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  29. As far as I’m concerned Chili is the perfect thing to serve for Super Bowl. And what a great recipe. So many interesting flavors that I’m sure come together for a great bowl. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  30. What a creative chili recipe! I love it! I also like it that you served it in a cup: really cute!

  31. Looks really good, so many delicious flavors.

  32. OMG I love making different chili’s, my husband often complains that I never make the same one however every time I make it loves each one more and more, I’ll give this one a go next time!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thanks, me too! And my husband sometimes has the same complaint as yours, but he also loves each one I make, so I guess that’s that, right? Lol!

  33. I love the combination of the Dr. Pepper and beer! I may try a vegetarian version of this. It sounds so interesting!!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Ooohhh, I would be so curious as to what you come up with, that sounds so intriguing! Let me know, for sure!

  34. Very interesting. Texan chili must have beans? Your chili definitely looks little AND big kid friendly…This dish is a winner at any Sunday Supper table =)

    • Texan New Yorker

      Actually, proper Texan chili has NO beans, of any kind. And no extra veggies beyond onion, chiles and tomato. People get really up in arms about it. So since this has pinto beans, it’s really not proper Texan chili, but it was delicious chili.

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  37. Dr. Pepper in chili? I am so intrigued!!! Must try this!!

  38. Wow love the addition of cocoa powder and dr. pepper! This must have some great flavor to it

  39. Dr Pepper? Awesome, never thought of that!!

  40. This is so interesting! We just spent some time with family in Dallas and I was asking them about foods that were uniquely Texan. One of the things they mentioned was chili without beans. Who knew? I think your version looks wonderful, whether or not it’s proper. 🙂

    • Texan New Yorker

      Yes, I do sometimes get flack for putting beans in my chili. But, it tastes good, and adding beans makes the chili much more budget-friendly. If you use only meat, you have to buy quite a bit to make a big pot of chili.


  41. Never imagined Dr. Pepper in a chili, but I am intrigued!

  42. I was relieved when I saw the beer. Much as I love Dr Pepper I was wondering about that flavor note. I’ll bet it added a fruity taste. Sounds interesting

    • Texan New Yorker

      Yeah, it definitely needs the beer to balance out the sweetness. But it’s a nice variation on regular spicy chili. Thanks for stopping by!

  43. So amazing! I never thought of Dr Pepper and now I need to add it into chilli stat.

  44. Oh my goodness! So many delicious chili recipes to try from this week! This sounds amazing!

  45. I love all the different seasonings and spices in this chili…what great combos. Dr. Pepper… who knew? I definitely need to try this!!

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  47. Dr Pepper? Love it!! Pinning!

  48. I love the Mexican flavors in this and I would never have thought of using Dr Pepper! What a fun twist! I love how you’ve served it as well, so pretty!

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  50. This sounds great! I’ve made BBQ with Dr. Pepper before and loved the flavor but I can’t wait to try this chili!

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