Slow Cooker Tequila Lime Chili

Morita chiles are red, fully mature Chipotles. This gives them a unique, medium – hot smokey flavor which is popular in many Southwestern dishes. These can be added to sauces (including Mole) to add smokey flavor and maintain the red color of the sauces. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep brick reddish brown color. The word Chipotle translated to smoked chile. Consider the Chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest). Scoville heat units 7,000-25,000.

Suggested Use:
Use Morita in enchilada sauces, chili, stews, barbecue ribs, and corn bread. Their smoky quality combines well with poultry, meats and fall squash.

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1 slice sandwich bread, torn into pieces
2 tablespoons milk
1 lb ground turkey
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
2 onions, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup tequila (plus more for serving, if desired)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon minced chipotle chile
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (plus more for serving, if desired)
To Serve: sour cream, cheddar cheese, parsley or your favorite chili toppings


Use a fork to mash the bread and milk into a paste in a large bowl. Add the ground turkey, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and gently mix to combine.

Add the oil to a large skillet set over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the onions, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, cumin, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened and browned.

Add the ground turkey mixture and cook until no longer pink, using a wooden spoon to break up large pieces. Mix in the tomato sauce, using the spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Transfer everything in the pan to the slow cooker. Add the diced tomatoes (including their juice), 3 tablespoons of the tequila, the soy sauce, honey, and chipotle chile, stirring to combine. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the ground turkey is very tender.

Stir in remaining tablespoon of tequila, and the lime zest and juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add additional tequila or lime juice if desired.