Today I have another recipe for you -- chili made with Coke. But this recipe is a bit different, because it was created for our Company by the Culinary Institute of America. They helped us a few years ago to use our drinks (Coke, our juices, lemonade, etc.) in new recipes. The Culinary Institute recipes are very different from the more traditional recipes we have (they involve more ingredients, for example), and they’re great.

Here’s the latest one I’ve tried. While this includes beef and pork, I think you could easily make this with ground chicken or turkey, or even a vegetarian meat substitute.

Coca-Cola Chili
5 ancho chilies, rinsed, stems, seeds and ribs removed
1 1/2 cups water to cover chilies
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 1/2 cups diced white onion, diced small
3 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed
2 jalapeño peppers, medium, seeds and ribs removed, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3/4 pound ground beef, lean
3/4 pound ground pork, lean
1 cup canned whole tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups Coca-Cola
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
4 teaspoons salt
1 cup (10.5 oz. can) red kidney beans, canned, drained
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated (optional)
1/2 cup sour cream, low-fat (optional)
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion (optional)

1. Place ancho chilies in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and soak until softened, about 30 minutes. Transfer chilies and cooking liquid to a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Set aside.
2. Heat the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño peppers. Cook until onions soften and turn translucent, about 10 minutes. Add in the tomato paste and cook, stirring, another 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the beef and pork, and cook until meat is no longer pink. Add Coke, tomatoes, cumin, tomatoes, and puréed chilies; stir well to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 30 minutes.
3. Stir in beans and 1 tablespoon salt. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until mixture thickens, about 30 to 40 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste with remaining 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste.
4. Ladle chili into warmed bowls and garnish with cheese, sour cream, and green onions if desired.
Makes 6-8 servings

Two things: First, please be careful with the chilies! They’ll be hot. The second: You can see the other Culinary Institute recipes here.