Cowbell Craft Beer Chili

  • November 28th, 2016
  • By Dale Dolson and Rob McGregor

The Cowbell Food and Beverage team are back in the kitchen this week with another culinary experiment. This time, the inspiration comes from the chilling weather. It's that time of year when we all look for that favourite dish that is hearty and warming to the soul. Here at Cowbell, we think that comfort food shouldn’t just be enjoyed with craft beer — why not make a recipe with one?

The Perfect Chili Recipe for Winter

The recipe we chose this week is brought to our table by Cowbell's Executive Chef, Kim Sutherland. It’s also one that we all love: a savoury chili made with local turkey, and of course, Cowbell's own Absent Landlord Craft Beer. This pairing is definitely a winner and produces a chili that is a must on a cold winter's night. You can't help but love a recipe that not only incorporates our favourite craft brew, but also some fresh and flavourful locally-produced vegetables. Simmer this creation in your kitchen for an afternoon, and you'll find that the aroma alone is scrumptious even before you get to indulge in the final product. This crowd-pleaser is an easy meal to prep that everyone will enjoy!



3 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 diced onion
4 minced garlic cloves
1 chopped red bell pepper
2 cups dry green or brown lentils
3 cups cubed butternut squash
2 tsp oregano
1 cup corn
1 can drained kidney beans
1 can drained chickpeas
5 cups chicken stock
2 cups Cowbell Absent Landlord Beer
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp kosher or sea salt
Ground black pepper to taste
1 cup chopped kale
Optional grated cheddar cheese and sour cream


  • Heat pan with 2 tbsp of oil.
  • Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Drain off excess liquid.
  • Set cooked turkey aside.
  • In a separate pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and sauté the onion, garlic and pepper.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the pot (except kale), as well as cooked turkey.
  • Allow the chili to simmer until lentils and butternut squash are fully cooked.
  • Add kale.
  • Finish with grated cheese, sour cream, or another can of Absent Landlord!

Once your chili is ready, light the fire, slice yourself a big chunk of crusty bread for dipping, and sit back and savour it with a cool crisp Absent Landlord craft brew!

Give it a'll love it!