Chuck’s Chilly Chili

Chuck’s Chilly Chili

As seen in The Gazette.

  prep 20 min       total 1 h 20 min       serves 6-8


3 tablespoons (45 mL) olive oil
1 lb. (500 g) ground duck breast
1 lb. (500 g) ground bison meat (or beef chuck)
4 Italian sausages, removed from casings
2 ounces (60 mL) of Kentucky Bourbon
1/2 cup (125 mL) of ketchup
2 medium white onions, finely diced
3 heads’ worth of garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 tablespoon (7 mL) Ancho chili powder
1/2 tablespoon (7 mL) Pasilla chili powder
1 teaspoon (5 mL) hot smoked paprika
1 Chipotle pepper
1 dried Poblano chili
1 dried Pulla chili, seeded
1 tablespoon (15 mL) celery salt
1 teaspoon (5 mL) ground coriander
1 teaspoon (5 mL) ground mustard seed
1 teaspoon (5 mL) Kosher salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) apple cider vinegar
1 cup (250 mL) cilantro, chopped
1 cup (250 mL) parsley, chopped
1 cup (250 mL) red kidney beans
1 cup (250 mL) pinto beans
1 cup (250 mL) black turtle beans
4 x 400g cans of whole tomatoes
2 cups (500 mL) Italian ricotta or sour cream
1/2 cup (125 mL) celery leaves, roughly torn
Cheddar cubes, deep-fried (count about 6 per portion)


  1. Coat the bottom of a large casserole or Dutch oven with the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground duck, bison and sausage meat torn into walnut-sized pieces.
  3. Brown the meat for about five minutes then stir in the Bourbon. Let it evaporate, then add the ketchup.
  4. Stir and let the ketchup caramelize until it’s thick and sticky.
  5. Add onions and garlic, chili powders, paprika, chipotle, dried chilies, celery salt, ground coriander, mustard seeds and salt.
  6. Stir well, then add the apple cider vinegar, cilantro and parsley.
  7. Cook for another few minutes. Drain the soaked beans, then add them to the mix along with the canned tomatoes.
  8. Sir again. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and let simmer -covered -for an hour.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish with a dollop of ricotta (or sour cream) and torn celery leaves. For an added bit of indulgence, deep-fry the cheddar cubes and add right before serving.

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