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Chunky Chicken and Chorizo Chili


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), 1 turn of the pan

  • 3/4 pound chorizo, chopped

  • 2 pounds ground chicken

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder, (3 palmfuls)

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin, (a palmful)

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 can red beans (15 ounces), drained

  • 1 bottle beer

  • 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes (28 ounces)

  • Salt

  • 6 cups chicken stock

  • 2 cups quick cooking polenta

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme leaves


Heat a big, deep skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon EVOO. Add chorizo and render its fat, 2 minutes. Push the chorizo off to the sides of the pot and add chicken meat. Brown and crumble the chicken, 5-6 minutes. Season the chicken with chili powder and cumin while it cooks. Combine the onions, garlic, peppers and beans to meats and cook another 5 to 6 minutes. Stir the beer into the chili and reduce the liquid a minute then add the tomatoes and heat through. Season the chili with salt, to taste, and reduce heat to low. Bring 6 cups stock to a boil in a medium pot, stir in polenta and keep stirring until the polenta masses and thickens to a porridge, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in butter, scallions and thyme and season with salt, to taste. Fill bowls half way with polenta and make a well in the center. Fill up bowls with chili and serve.