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Sapporo Chili Recipe for Your Next Tailgate

Disclaimer: I received a sample of Sapporo beer to test this recipe for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

Fall means two things in my house: 1) fall fashion, and 2) college football.  A third would be Pumpkin Spice Lattes if Starbucks ever decided to make a Skinny version.  Anyway, being in Austin, and being that my husband is a Longhorn fanatic, we tailgate at every UT home game.  I make my famous meatballs for every tailgate, but since this last weekend was the first home game of the year, I wanted to make something new to bring.  Sapporo reached out to me to tell me about some new recipes for football season using Sapporo beer.  As Texans love chili, I decided to try Sapporo Chili (recipe below).

The chili was a hit!  It was easy to make, and perfect for a tailgate.  One of our friends even said, and I quote, that it was "slap your mama good." 

After browning some ground turkey, you pretty much just dump all the ingredients and seasonings (including half a bottle of Sapporo Premium beer) into a crockpot.  Then you just let the crockpot do it's thang. 

I decided to top it with some shredded jack cheese and green onions when it was done.

Naturally, it paired really well with some ice cold Sapporo beer!

Happy early-bird tailgaters getting their chili on before the crowd arrived!

No sooner did the crowd arrive at our tailgate that the crockpot looked like this!  They really cleaned that few pounds of chili out.  This is definitely a recipe keeper.  Here's the recipe so you can give it a try yourself:

Sapporo Chili

Olive Oil (enough to coat the bottom of a large sauté pan)
¼ cup of Minced Garlic
1 lb of ground turkey 85/15 (or other ground meat of your choosing. You can also combo other meats also like pulled chicken, ground beef, ground pork, etc.)
1/8 cup of granulated garlic
1/8 cup of granulated onion
1/8 cup of paprika
1/8 cup of ground cumin
A pinch of Italian seasoning
A pinch of ground coriander
A pinch of smoked sea salt
A pinch of ground pepper
2 16 oz cans of organic vegetarian chili (if you cannot find organic canned veggie chili, a nonorganic one is fine also.
1 16 oz can of cannellini beans (rinse and drain)
½ of a 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 6oz can of tomato paste
½ cup of homemade or jarred tomato sauce of your choosing
¼ cup of BBQ sauce (homemade or brand of your choosing)
¼ cup of Heinz ketchup
½ of a 12 oz bottle/ or ½ of a 16 oz can of Sapporo Premium

  1. Cover bottom of large sauté pan with olive oil and add minced garlic
  2. Season ground meat with a pinches of granulated garlic, onion and chili powder and salt and pepper 
  3. Brown ground meat in large pan with heat turned up about half way so to not burn meat and spice mixture
  4. Once meat is browned, transfer to slow cooker
  5. Add canned chili or soaked beans, rest of all spices, sauces, pastes, beer and stir in crock pot to blend all ingredients together
  6. Set cooker to low and timer to 8 hours. After 8 hours, cooker will switch to warm if you are not serving right away
  7. Make sure to stir every hour or so, so chili doesn’t stick and tomato based products don’t burn
  8. Feel free to top with chopped up cooked bacon, fried onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, scallions or anything you like
  9. Serve with tortilla chips and an ice cold Sapporo!

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