Recipe: Creole Chili with Steamed Biscuits
Whether you’re cooking for game day, a Mardi Gras party, or a winter weekend family meal, this Louisiana-inspired chili feeds a crowd. It’s easily adaptable for different palates too.
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 12 oz. smoked Andouille sausage, sliced
- 2 yellow onions, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (12 oz.) bottle amber ale beer
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 to 3 Tbsp. Black River Creole Seasoning (use 2 Tbsp. for less heat)
- 2 cups frozen sliced okra
- 2 cups frozen black-eyed peas
- 1 (15 oz.) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 3 California bay leaves
- 1 (8-count) package refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough (optional)
This recipe is featured in Spice Club, Savory’s spice of the month club.
Here are substitution suggestions for adapting the recipe to different palates:
- Vegetarian: Use a vegetarian sausage and vegetable broth.
- Vegan: Use a vegan sausage and vegetable broth. Omit biscuits and serve over rice instead.
- Gluten-free: Use a gluten-free beer. Omit biscuits and serve over rice instead.
- Other: Use green beans or peas in place of okra, use your favorite canned beans in place of black-eyed peas, or make your own homemade biscuit dough instead of using the packaged stuff.
Heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven or similar oven safe pot with a lid. Add sausage and cook for 10 min., or until well browned, then transfer to a plate. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to pot. Stir in onions and cook for 5 min. Stir in garlic and half of the beer. Simmer until beer is almost gone, stirring often to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir in celery, bell pepper, and creole seasoning and cook for 3 more min. Stir in cooked sausage and remaining beer. Add remaining ingredients (except biscuits) and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 1½ hours until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves before serving.
For optional biscuits: Once chili is done cooking, remove bay leaves and lay biscuit dough pieces in an even layer on top of the chili. Cover and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 15 min. until biscuits are cooked through. (Bake uncovered if you want biscuits to brown.) Remove from oven and serve by scooping up a biscuit with each helping of chili.