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Alligator Chili

Doug Matthews

"A Super Bowl favorite that has the bite of a hungry gator."
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2 h 35 m servings 441 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 441 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 7.4 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 31.9g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 60.8 g
  • 122%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 990 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. 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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Most helpful positive review

I love my recipe. Since this was first submitted I have started using red & yellow peppers and a teaspoon of smoked paprika. Thanks

Most helpful critical review

Good, but very tomato-y. Good use for gator.

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I love my recipe. Since this was first submitted I have started using red & yellow peppers and a teaspoon of smoked paprika. Thanks

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 i...

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!)...

Very good. Will be making often

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 p...

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 ...

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 ge...

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!

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!!!!