Dr Pepper Chili

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Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes to 2 hours Serves: 6

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 large yellow onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 green bell peppers, diced

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or more to taste)

1 teaspoon oregano

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper

1 (12 -ounce) can Dr Pepper (1 ½ cups)

1 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15-ounce) can chili beans (do not drain)

1 (15-ounce) can chili or Mexican diced tomatoes

For serving:

cheddar cheese, grated

sour cream

green or white onions, chopped

corn chips

In a large, heavy bottomed pot, heat ½ tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink; using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain the cooked ground turkey and set aside.

To the same pot, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add bell peppers and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.

Return cooked ground turkey to the pot. Stir in spices. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the Dr Pepper, tomato paste, and chicken broth. Continue to stir until the tomato paste has dissolved. Add the beans and tomatoes. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Taste and adjust seasonings, as needed before serving. Serve, as desired, with cheese, sour cream, green onions and corn chips.