Did anyone else go see Catching Fire, the second movie of the Hunger Games series, this past weekend? What did you think? I got together with a bunch of my girlfriends and saw the midnight show on Thursday. I’m sure it’s not surprising at all that I loved it – it didn’t disappoint! I don’t know how this is possible, but I thought it was better than the first!
I also can’t get enough of the soundtrack – I really like the Gale Song by The Lumineers, but I basically like all their songs, so that’s not a stretch. My second favorite is probably Ellie Goulding’s song on the soundtrack. I’m always a sucker for new music, especially when it’s movie related!
We are finally starting to get some good chili weather here in AZ! It has to be at least in the 70’s for me to be comfortable while I’m eating a bowl of chili.
I really like the mix of sweet and spicy food together so I decided to play with that idea a little and transform it into a killer chili. To get the “sweet” I used some root beer as the base liquid in the chili – you could definitely use a different soda here (Dr. Pepper would be delicious!) but I used root beer so we could have the leftover as root beer floats .
To balance out the sweetness, I made this chili a bit spicier than my usual, which I’m sure to some of you it’s still almost nothing, so I would taste as you go and add more cayenne until you reach your desired spiciness.
Lance said this was his favorite version of chili that I’ve made – he was a big fan of the slightly sweet flavors (and I think he like the root beer floats for dessert too haha).
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 2 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 (15.5 oz) can root beer
- Salt and pepper
- In a large Dutch oven or crock pot heat oil over medium high heat. Cook turkey until mostly cooked through. Add in onion and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle chili powder, cayenne pepper and cumin over the turkey mixture and stir to mix in.
- Pour in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans and root beer. Stir to combine and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chili has thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- If desired, serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, sour cream and cilantro