Woodchuck® Amber Turkey Chili, AND the Cellar Series Smoked Apple? TOUCHDOWN!


There’s nothing like football. Lazy-day clothes, house full of people, and food (a never-ending buffet of food).  You start with savory appetizers such as potato skins and spinach artichoke dip, and then move on to those hardy meat dishes. However, there’s always that one dish simmering throughout the day, fueling that roaring cheer. Chili! Scooped up with chips, or covered with cheese, the dish will keep you toasty warm and satisfied throughout the game. Want to put a twist on your usual recipe? Well it may be time to try the Woodchuck® Amber Turkey Chili.

The Amber is our original cider, and the one that started it all. Thriving since 1991, this cider is a Woodchuck staple. It was the perfect addition to our new chili recipe! However, our intentions for this new concoction may have stemmed from what we think it will be best paired with. There’s nothing like a warm, delicious bowl of chili to go along with….

The Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple Cider!

The Smoked Apple is the most recent within the new Cellar Series line. These innovative ciders will come out for a short period of time. A truly rare and limited treat, it’s time to get your hands on one!

So beef up (or Turkey up!) the big game with the sweet and spicy Woodchuck Amber Turkey Chili. Add a Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple Cider or pair it with your favorite Woodchuck!

The Woodchuck Amber Turkey Chili


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Woodchuck® Amber Cider
  • ½ cup of H20
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1  – 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • ½ diced orange pepper
  • ¾ diced onion
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tbs. flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • Crushed red pepper to taste



If you have one, grab your crock-pot, but if not, a stove top pot will work just as well!

In a saucepan, cook and sauté the ground turkey with the vegetable oil. Break the turkey into smaller crumbles, and continue until the meat is just barely cooked.

While sautéing the turkey, add the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato paste, water, and Woodchuck Amber Cider into the crock-pot or stove pot. If you are using a crock-pot, start the setting on high. If you are on the stove top, start the temperature at medium-high.

While the pot starts to heat, dice up the orange pepper and onion. Once prepped, add the orange pepper, onion, and minced garlic to the pot.


Once the turkey is cooked, add to the cooking pot.

In a separate bowl, combine the chili powder, flour, salt, paprika, and sift together. Add the combined spices to the cooking pot.


Stir, and reduce the setting on the crock-pot to low, or the temperature on your stove top to low-medium. Occasionally stirring, let the chili sit for at least 1 ½ hours. (However, the longer it sits, the more flavorful the chili will be!) As the flavors build together, add crushed red pepper to taste, depending on how daring those taste buds are.


As you realize you can’t wait any longer, head to the fridge and take out your Cellar Series Smoked Apple.

Get your cornbread or pumpkin bread ready, that shredded cheddar cheese in an easy-grab bowl, a never-ending bag of chips, and of course, pop open that Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple, and continue to cheer on!

Looking for more ideas from the Woodchuck Pantry? Check out these great recipes…

Double up on the Woodchuck® Cider Pumpkin Bread!

The Woodchuck Fall Cider Apple Pie

Belgian White Hard Cider Garlic Shrimp and Bacon Pizza