Blueberry Chili Recipes for Fall? You Bet!

Try one of these blueberry chili recipes to really get into the season.

It’s finally fall, so in addition to cooler weather, football, and color-changing foliage, it’s also time for chili! You likely have a favorite chili recipe or two, but be warned that the following blueberry chili recipes will be added into your regular rotation because they are so downright delicious! Try one today.

Blueberry Chili Recipes

Three Bean Chili with Wild Blueberries

This dish is full of vitamins and minerals, a healthy dose of fiber, and a ton of flavor. Use fresh, store-bought berries or frozen blueberries of any kind if you don’t have wild blueberries on hand. Recipe courtesy of US99.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (total) dried beans, split peas & lentils
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup minced white button mushrooms
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen (or fresh from the farmers’ market!) wild blueberries
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the dried beans by soaking them overnight in a bowl of water in the fridge.
  2. Pour the grapeseed oil into a large pot on the stovetop, using medium heat for one minute.
  3. Add the garlic and shallot, then sauté.
  4. Add the mushrooms and beans, let them cook for a few minutes.
  5. Now pour in the blueberries, tomatoes, spices and salt, stirring gently to combine them all.
  6. Bring the mixture up to simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  7. Garnish with cilantro, plain Greek yogurt … or our favorites, fresh avocado & Fritos Corn Chips

Blueberry Chili

Try this recipe if you’re looking for a meaty chili, as this one uses ground beef. Recipe and photo courtesy of the blog Of Agates and Madelines, the author actually thanked blueberries for making this recipe so awesome!

Ingredients:

  • ·         2-3 tbsp bacon fat
  • ·         1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ·         1/3 onion, diced
  • ·         1 lb ground beef
  • ·         1 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ·         1 cup blueberries
  • ·         1-2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ·         1 1/2 tsp salt (more, if additional flavor is needed)
  • ·         1 bay leaf
  • ·         2 tbsp chili powder (less if you’re using something rather potent)
  • ·         1 tsp cumin
  • ·         2 cup rehydrated beans (optional; I did not use beans)

Directions:

  1.  In a large pot, heat bacon fat over low medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and onion, and cook for two minutes before adding in ground beef.
  3. Break up beef into pieces, and stir frequently until nearly cooked.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, blueberries, and all remaining ingredients.
  5. Cook on low heat, covered, stirring occasionally, for up to an hour.

Blueberry chili recipes are far and few between. Try one tonight, tweak it to your tastes, and share it with us on our Facebook page! Find more yummy, savory recipes featuring blueberries on the BlueberriesFromFlorida.com recipes pages and the Blueberries from Florida Pinterest recipe boards!

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