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chiliGreat Basin Brewing Company’s Alyssa Starr Shares Famed Fiery Jerk Turkey Chili Recipe

If you can handle the heat, you’re going to love this delectable culinary creation using Great Basin beer. Local chef and kitchen manager Alyssa Starr from Great Basin Brewing Company was invited to enter a nationwide contest in fall 2012 using Boar’s Head® Jerk Turkey Breast. After trials, tribulation and a happy husband and fellow staff members who served as taste-testers, she came up with the award-winning recipe that Boar’s Head selected as the best. They printed recipe cards to be distributed at deli counters and featured the recipe online for consumers.

Chef Starr notes that what makes the recipe so unique is the unexpected combination of ingredients. “I was on a raw diet for a while,” said Starr, “ and I began to have cravings for beer, chocolate, and chili. So, while I was conspiring to put these ingredients together, this recipe contest gave me the perfect opportunity to experiment with all three flavors in one dish.”

Featuring the brewery’s handcrafted Death-by-Chocolate Stout, Starr’s Fiery Jerk Turkey Chili is yet another delicious and truly unique brew-infused recipe offered as a seasonal special on Great Basin’s menu. However, for those who need to satisfy their cravings before its next brewpub appearance, Great Basin invites you to prepare it at home, offering a peek into chef Starr’s personal recipe book:

Fiery Jerk Turkey Chili

2 tbsp Olive oil
l colossal Yellow onion, chopped
3 tbsp Chili powder
2 tsp Dried thyme
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
½ tsp Ground allspice
1 pound Boar’s Head Jerk Turkey, sliced thick and chopped
2 Red bell peppers, diced
2 Green bell peppers
4 cups Chicken broth
½ cup Death-by-Chocolate Stout (if not in season, use Porter)
1 can (14oz) Fire roasted tomatoes, with juice
1 can (15oz) Black beans, drained
3 tbsp Fresh jalapenos, de-seeded, washed and chopped
5 large Garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup Hershey’s Cocoa unsweetened
1 cup of Tomato paste
*sour cream and cilantro for garnish

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add onions, stirring until softened (roughly 5 minutes). Add chili powder, thyme, cinnamon, and allspice. Add Jerk Turkey and bell peppers, stir and blend with spices. Add broth, fire roasted tomatoes, black beans, jalapenos, and Stout beer. Cover partially and reduce heat to simmer (roughly 20 minutes). Add garlic, cilantro, chocolate, and tomato paste. Turn heat to medium-low and allow chili to thicken (roughly 15-30 minutes) before serving. Garnish with sour cream and chopped cilantro. Serve with Tortilla Chips on the side.

About Great Basin Brewing Company

Great Basin Brewing Company, Nevada’s oldest and most award-winning brewery, has two restaurant/brewery locations in Reno and Sparks, Nevada as well as a tasting room, Taps & Tanks, in Reno, Nevada. The restaurants offer a full menu and a wide variety of beers — four flagship beers and many seasonal brewmaster specials, many having won HYPERLINK “”awards at the most prestigious Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. For more information about Great Basin Brewing Company, visit