A Super Bowl favorite that has the bite of a hungry gator.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
2 hrs 15 mins
total:
2 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the green bell pepper and onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high heat and stir in the ground alligator. Cook and stir until the meat is crumbly, and evenly browned. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato-vegetable juice cocktail, black beans, kidney beans, and chipotle chile. Season with chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika, celery salt, ground ginger, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring in water if the chili becomes too thick. Serve with hot sauce.

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Nutrition Facts

441 calories; protein 60.8g 122% DV; carbohydrates 31.9g 10% DV; fat 7.4g 12% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 941.4mg 38% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2010
I love my recipe. Since this was first submitted I have started using red & yellow peppers and a teaspoon of smoked paprika. Thanks Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2015
Good but very tomato-y. Good use for gator. Read More
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2010
I love my recipe. Since this was first submitted I have started using red & yellow peppers and a teaspoon of smoked paprika. Thanks Read More
(38)
Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2011
I was a little skeptical about this recipe for starters because I've never cooked with alligator. Also I thought V-8 juice cinnamon and ginger were odd indgredients for chili but I believe if you are going to use a recipe you should try to make it as exact as possible on the first try and then change it if you think it needs it. I put the cinnamon in with a wince on my face but I have to say I liked the final flavor quite a bit and it smelled devine. The only things I did differently was that the store didn't have ground alligator but frozen slabs in packs so I had to chop it up after thawing in the refrigerator overnight. Also I don't see any reason to cook canned beans for three hours so I added those in the last 30 minutes. Probably most important I cooked it with the lid off. When you have this many spices the evaporation process is what causes the melding of flavors that you want. You would just need to add some water but I didn't find I needed any. The most important reason to cook it with the lid off though is that you don't want to confine that smell. The main reason I am not giving five stars is not the recipe itself but that I'm not sure I like the taste of alligator that much. It's not bad at all just not special enough to justify the price which was 9 a pound. And it doesn't taste like chicken. I saw another reviewer compared it to rattlesnake meat. I've never had rattlesnake but this is what I would imagine it would taste like. Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
As a vegetarian I was impressed with this recipe because I could easily substitute extra beans (cannellini and black beans) and vegetables for the alligator meat (I hate soy and won't use it!). This recipe has lots of beans and spices so it's a great basic chili recipe. I especially like the spice blend because I detest premade chili powder. I use coriander/fresh cillantro leaves as a garnish along with some sour cream cheddar cheese and sliced green onions. (In case you're interested I use corn (Green Giant Peaches and Cream ONLY (frozen or canned) diced carrots onions mixed sweet peppers and sometimes peas and broccoli pieces (love the stems peeled and diced!) in my chili.) Bon appetit! Read More
(27)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2010
Very good. Will be making often Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2010
I was in a hurry so just used a packet of the powder 'chili seasoning' from the store- which worked fine! I also put in crock pot! It made the house smell great - My favorite part is the green pepper. Very good Thank you! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2011
This was awesome the only thing I didn't do was add the chopped chili in the adobo sauce because I didn't have it! I also couldn't get ground gator so i used just tenderized gator meat kinda like chicken breasts. I chopped it up small and the chili turned out perfect! Everyone loved it Thanks Doug! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2010
This was pretty good chile. I only used 1 pound of the alligator as it is very expensive here on the west coast. For myself I would leave out the cinnamon next time. My adult daughter who generally won't eat anything that isn't frozen premade or heated out of a can did enjoy this even after I told her the main ingredient. To my taste alligator is similar to rattlesnake rather than chicken. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2010
Awesome Doug! I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes in place of crushed because that's what was on hand. Served it at "Wild Game Day" - not a single bit left!!! We'll do this again for sure! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
I love this recipe for chili more than any other chili ive had. im 14 and im joing a chili cook off and this will for sure win ill be sure to name it after you!!!! Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2015
Good but very tomato-y. Good use for gator. Read More
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