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Friday, October 14, 2016 10:23 pm

Try duck in chili

Chilly nights are the perfect time to pull out your favorite soup or stew recipe. Warm, hearty and flavorful, chili is a classic comfort food, and it’s easy to customize.

For chili connoisseurs, ground beef is usually the go-to meat, but try adding ground duck for something creative. Duck has the robust, red-meat texture of beef but with the lean nutritional benefits of other poultry. Farm-raised white Pekin duck has less saturated fat than beef and a mild flavor that’s not considered gamey.

Find other duck recipes and more information about cooking with duck at

Duck Chili

2 tablespoons Maple Leaf Farms Rendered Duck Fat, divided

2 pounds Maple Leaf Farms All Natural Ground Duck

1 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste

Pepper, to taste

3 tablespoons ground cumin, divided

1 large red onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 jalapeño peppers, minced (remove seeds to reduce heat, if desired)

2 red bell peppers, cored and chopped

3 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

24 ounces dark beer

2 cups chicken stock

6 ounces tomato paste

28 ounces canned tomatoes

24 ounces canned great northern beans, drained

8 ounces canned whole kernel corn, drained

Hot sauce, to taste

Sour cream (optional)

Shredded cheese (optional)

Chopped scallions (optional)

Fresh cilantro, rough chopped (optional)

In large pot over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon duck fat. Add ground duck; sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and 1 tablespoon cumin.

Cook meat until just slightly browned, stirring occasionally to break into small pieces. Remove duck from pot and set aside.

Return pot to medium-high burner and add remaining duck fat. Add onion, garlic, jalapeños and red peppers to pot and sauté 3 minutes, stirring so garlic doesn’t burn. Stir in chili powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and remaining cumin. Sauté 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add beer and stock to pot. Stir, scraping up bits from bottom of pot. Add tomato paste and mix well. Add tomatoes and duck then bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 1 hour.

Stir in beans, corn and hot sauce. Cook uncovered 30 minutes, or until chili is thick. Serve in bowls with optional toppings: sour cream, cheese, scallions and cilantro.

Note: Vegetable oil can be substituted for duck fat.

– Family Features