1/2 cup (2 ounces) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
Oyster crackers (optional)
How to Make It
Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in 2 cups onion; cover and cook until onion is tender (about 5 minutes). Uncover and stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute.
Increase heat to medium-high; add turkey and sirloin to pan. Cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add beer; cook until liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup (about 7 minutes). Stir in chili powder and next 5 ingredients (through tomato sauce). Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until mixture thickens. Stir in beans; cook 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Ladle 1 cup chili into each of 6 bowls. Top each serving with 4 teaspoons cheese and 2 teaspoons onion. Serve with crackers, if desired.
I ended up with about 3 bowls of chili. Never heard of a chili recipe that used so little liquid. It tasted fantastic--all 3 bowls--but if I make it again, I'll have to figure out the proportion of seasonings to the extra tomatoes, which I will never be able to do. If anyone knows why I didn't end up with more chili, I would like to know...I'm a seasoned cook (no pun intended), in my humble opinion.
"Cooking Light?!" There is nothing "light" about Springfield chili! In every midwest chilli parlor, past and present, the bowl comes with a layer of red oil floating on top. The oil carries the chilli flavor, and any recipe that eliminates it to be "light" is just plain wrong!
My husband and I loved it! It took longer than 7 minutes for my beer to cook down, and I even drained a little bit down the drain. I ended up just adding the other ingredients and turning up the heat in the last 10 minutes to help thicken up the consistency. I made sure and use the full 3 tbsp of chili powder, and even added a little more than that. I also added a small can of green chiles as someone else suggested, and thought it was a great addition (and even needed for the spice factor)! I'll definitely be making this again in the future. Love that I can have guilt-free chili.