We all have our favorite restaurant soups. We crave them. We make special trips to acquire them. The brave dare to replicate them at home. I've tried my hand at restaurant recipe replication a time or two, but the results are often sophomoric. My latest soup love comes from Deer Valley. This resort is known for their food, especially their Turkey Chili.
Family and skiing friends have raved to me about this chili recipe for years. Funny enough, I'd tried knock-off versions before the real thing. The first time I had Deer Valley's Turkey Chili was during the summer. I liked it. But then I had it on that chilly Labor Day a few months back--it fit the bill and lived up to its hype.
Before I could dream up how I would attack this recipe recreation, the staff at Deer Valley kindly informed me the resort sold a mix for the soup! Why imitate when Deer Valley makes it easy to create their famous Turkey Chili at home?
I'm all about reliving favorite food flavors from vacations and more, especially in the form of convenient mixes. But sometimes they're not all that good. The thing I love about Deer Valley's Turkey Chili mix is that you add fresh ingredients like turkey, onions, celery, red pepper, corn, garlic and (a surprising amount of) butter to the mix of special seasonings and beans for a perfect batch so you're still getting that fresh, homemade flavor. Because, well it is homemade.
And speaking of convenience. This was in that I didn't have to spend hours trying to figure out their seasoning blend and thickening agents. But the recipe isn't quick. A delicious, complex layering of flavors in a chili takes time, especially when yous start with dried black beans. But it's worth it folks, worth it.
The result was a hearty, smokey, savory and chunky flavorful turkey chili. It's fresh. It's creamy but still brothy. The black beans had the most perfect chew and having the mix on hand was perfect for using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!
Next time you're up skiing at the gorgeous Deer Valley Resort pick up a mix, or better yet just order it online. You no longer have to make the trek to Park City to enjoy the famous Deer Valley Turkey Chili!
More leftover Thanksgiving Turkey recipe ideas:
Turkey Soup with Lemon and Barley on Simply Recipes
Leftover Turkey Salad with Indian Spices, Lemon and Cilantro on Kalyn's Kitchen
Turkey and Cranberry Sushi on Closet Cooking
Turkey and Vegetable Moroccan Stew on Vintage Mixer
Turkey Cranberry Quesadillas on Real Mom Kitchen
Rosemary Turkey Squares on Taste and Tell
Turkey Pot Pie on Shirley J
Pressure Cooker Turkey Noodle Soup on Barbara Bakes
Disclaimer: The staff at Deer Valley provided me with a complimentary mix for their famous Turkey Chili. My opinions are my own. I love this chili and am still shocked it tastes just like it did at the resort. Oh and my husband actually made this while I watched TV. That's just the way we roll on this blog sometimes.