Dr. Pepper Chili

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Dr. Pepper Chili has just the right balance of sweet and spicy and is sure to be a hit on game day. Serve up a warm bowl with sour cream, onion, and fresh cilantro or use it as a topping for hot dogs or a dip for fritos. Any way you eat Dr. Pepper Chili, it’s a hearty and satisfying meal.

Dr. Pepper Chili

I feel a little odd talking about a cold weather food since we spent the day on the beach with about 80 degree weather. The kids didn’t have school today so we are spending a long weekend in Beaufort, SC. You can take a peak at my Instagram for a glimpse of what we have been doing.

Dr. Pepper Chil - sweet and spicy!

Dr. Pepper is hands down my favorite soft drink and it works well in a variety of recipes like Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce. Dr. Pepper really adds some great flavor to this chili and the sweetness of it helps balance the spice and smokiness of chipotle chilis.

Dr. Pepper Chili - sweet and spicy!

Made with lean ground beef, Dr. Pepper Chili is a comforting, filling meal that is also healthy and nutritious. It pairs wonderfully with Honey Cornbread.

Dr. Pepper Chili

 

Dr. Pepper Chili
 
This chili has just the right blend of sweet, spicy, and smokiness.
Recipe type: Chili
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Dr. Pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • sour cream, red onion, cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add ground beef. Cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, until about halfway cooked. Add onion and red bell pepper and continue to cook until vegetables are softened. If there is excess grease, you can remove it with a spoon before proceeding.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, salt, oregano, and garlic powder and cook for 30 seconds while stirring.
  3. Add chicken broth, Dr. Pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chipotle chilis, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to mix well. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until chili has thickened to your liking. Add kidney beans.
  4. Serve with sour cream, red onion, and cilantro.

 

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15 thoughts on “Dr. Pepper Chili

  1. I never write reviews for recipes, but I just made this chili and it is so damn good I just need to for this one before I get up for a second serving. I’ve always wanted to make a Dr Pepper chili but never remember to when I get in the mood for some. I’m glad I did today tho! I was slightly hesitant when grocery shopping for it, considering every chili I’ve ever made required garlic, jalapeños, bay leaves, red chili flakes… so, I was nervous I would miss those flavors I’m so used to. But nope, not in the slightest bit. The smoky spiciness of the adobo chipotles (I used 6 instead of 4 because why not) with the complexities of a Dr Pepper was outstanding.
    The only thing I had done differently was used cannellini beans instead of kidney, since they were already in my cupboard and I tend to like them a bit more anyway. Also, I used two cans instead of one, just since I like my chili to look full and hearty and found the one can to be too scant.
    Overall, this will be my go to chili recipe from now on and I will be recommending it to every one I know. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Oh, I can just taste all the flavors in here — I love the sound of the spiciness with that Dr. Pepper! This look like one flavorful, hearty bowl of chili!

  3. This chili looks so hearty and comforting! I love the idea of adding Dr. Pepper too! Sweet and spicy is where it’s at and this sounds incredible!

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