Craig’s Heavy Metal Chili Recipe, Finally Revealed, and The Secret Ingredient

{ My recipe for Craig’s Heavy Metal Chili has an appropriate history. Several years ago, Classic Rock (UK) magazine offered a calendar which featured recipes from the book Hellbent For Cooking. (For those who don’t know, the title is a play on the famous Judas Priest song, Hellbent For Leather.) The recipes were compiled from heavy metal band members from a large cross section of the genre. Drummer Jeff Olson of US doom metal band contributed this recipe, which I modified slightly. Enjoy. }

Craig's Heavy Metal Chili


  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1 C Green Pepper, chopped
  • ½ C Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1 C Onion, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1-2 Jalapenos, seeds removed and minced*
  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1-2 Chipolte Peppers in Adobe Sauce, minced (the secret ingredient)*
  • 1 6oz can of Tomato Paste
  • 1 28oz can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 14oz can of Kidney Beans, Light or Dark, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14oz can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ t Salt
  • ½ t Black Pepper
  • 1 T Parsley, Dried
  • ¼ C Chili Powder
  •  T Cumin, Ground
  • 1 t Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ T Worcestershire Sauce

*Increase or decrease for desired ‘hotness’


1. Combine Chipolte Pepper and Tomato Paste in a small bowl until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
2. Combine Chili Powder, Cumin, and Cayenne in a small bowl until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
3. Heat Olive Oil in Dutch Oven over medium high heat, until shimmering.
4. Add Green Pepper, Red Pepper, and Onion. Saute until soft, about 8 minutes.
5. Add Garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute
6. Add Turkey, Salt, Pepper, and Parsley. Cook until Turkey is no longer pink, about 12 to 15 minutes, stirring regularly.
7. Add Diced Tomatoes. Stir to combine.
8. Add Chipolte Paste mixture. Stir to combine.
9. Add Spice mixture and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir to combine.
10. Bring Chili to boil.
11. Reduce heat immediately and simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes (or longer, if desired).
12. Add Kidney and Black beans. Stir to combine.
13. Simmer until beans are heated through, about 5 to 7 minutes

Serving Suggestions:
Serve with additional chopped yellow or green onions, sour cream, cheddar cheese.


Craig Hartranft