Jamaican Jerk Chili

Jamaican Jerk Chili

Warm spices and a little habanero give this chicken chili a spicy kick.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Jamaican Jerk Chili
Makes about 3 quarts
  • 1 (32-ounce) carton low-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • ½ small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 small bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 haban ero pepper, stemmed and minced
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Lime wedges and sour cream
  1. In the container of a blender, place ¾ cup broth, onion, garlic, 4 tablespoons oil, allspice, brown sugar, salt, ginger, thyme, cinnamon, red pepper, cloves, and nutmeg; puree until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and habanero; sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add chicken, green onion, beans, tomatoes, remaining 3¼ cups broth, and jerk marinade; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Remove chicken from chili. Using 2 forks, shred chicken, and return to soup. Stir in lime juice. Serve with lime wedges and sour cream, if desired.

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  1. I just cooked this for my family tonight. I can’t believe it, it’s delicious beyond my imagination. Everyone in my family likes it.
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  2. I made Jamaican Jerk Chili according to your recipe. It’ so delicious. It would be a mistake if I didn’t leave a review on your page. This dish deserves 5 stars. I want to tell you that thanks you!


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