Super Bowl Snowbank Chili

After 20 inches of snow and 50 hours inside this weekend, I was ready to escape the increasingly annoying indoors for a friend’s Super Bowl extravaganza and a fine feast of Super Bowl Snowbank Chili last night! Unfortunately, the roads were definitely not ready for me.

After running into five snowbanks, sliding down four hills, having to get out of the car to push it twice, falling down while trying to push the car once, and one sensational Saints’ win, I somehow managed to survive the snowpocalypse relatively unscathed.

This morning, a lingering exhaust scent remained on my jeans, but I must say – the chili was worth it! Find the recipe after the jump!

Super Bowl Snowbank Chili
Originally shared with me by a friend, this recipe is made with apples in lieu of beans, giving the chili a slightly sweet taste to contrast its traditional heat.

  • 1 large onion (about 2 cups)
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (or 1 1/4 pounds ground venison or beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into cubes)
  • 2 cans (35 oz.)  stewed tomatoes
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped


  1. Cook turkey and onions in a heavy bottom pot on medium-high heat for about 5 – 7 minutes, until the turkey browns.
  2. Stir in cumin, chili powder, garlic, jalapeños, apples, salt, and pepper, until all combined. Cook about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, and wine.
  4. Bring everything to a boil, then simmer covered for two hours.
  5. Stir occasionally and add broth if the mixture becomes dry.
  6. Adjust seasonings to preferred hotness level!
  7. Serve with various garnishes, such as cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocados, red onion, and lime wedges.

Looking for something sweet to top off the night, football fanatics? Try Julie’s recipe for Foodballs to get you through the offseason!

What were you cookin’ for your Super Bowl feast, ModLovers?

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4 Responses to Super Bowl Snowbank Chili

  1. Aire (ModCloth) 02/08/2010 at 4:12 pm #

    Yummm!! Apples instead of beans! Sounds delish, Sarah!!!

    Yay Saints!!!

  2. Katie 02/08/2010 at 8:12 pm #

    That’s such an ingenious swap-out! I can’t wait to try this out in my crock pot!

  3. caroline 02/09/2010 at 11:12 am #

    YUM! this sounds really yummy!!!! i want to try it out right away!

    WHO DAT!

  4. rhea 02/11/2010 at 3:07 am #

    I made a chocolate and gold cake for the saints! who dat! now with this weather that chili looks great to get through the rest of this mardi gras season!

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