Ginger Snaps Cookie Chili

A delicious chili recipe with flavors infused from ginger snaps cookies. A great chili for those that don’t like spicy chili!

ginger snaps cookie chili

Frequent visitors know how much I like a good Chili. Heck I have a whole category dedicated to my Gourmet Chili Recipes. So when I heard about this chili made with Ginger Snaps Cookie I just had to give it a go.

ginger snaps cookies in vinegar
Ginger Snaps Cookies in Vinegar Mixture

When I first told my foodies that I was going to make a new chili using ginger cookies they thought I was absolutely crazy. I reminded them of some of my more unusual chili recipes like my Lemon Wine Chili or my Healthy Lentil Butternut Squash Chili recipes which they all loved.

meat and veggie mixture for chili

The use of the ginger snaps cookie is simply to infuse the flavor into the chili. The cookies will be completely dissolved after soaking in the water and vinegar solution. When adding the cookies to the chili mixture, make sure to include the liquid.

ginger snaps cookie chili

When making Chili I always recommend using Lean Ground Beef. No more than 15% fat. Ground Beef with more fat content than that should be reserved for making hamburgers. Using ground beef with too much fat will cause your chili to be on the greasy side.

ginger snaps cookie chili
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How to Handle Raw Beef

  • Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
  • Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
  • Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
  • Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.
ginger snaps cookie chili

Ground pork is usually made from pork shoulder or pork butt. Sometimes a little pork loin is included.

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You will need the following ingredients to make this Ginger Snaps Cookie Chili recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Ginger Snaps Cookies, Vegetable Shortening, Lean Ground Beef, Ground Pork, Yellow Onion, Celery, Garlic Cloves, Green Pepper, Petite Diced Tomatoes, Salt, White Sugar and Red Kidney Beans.

  1. In a small bowl, soak the ginger snaps cookies in the apple cider vinegar and water. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the ground beef and ground pork and cook until slightly browned.
  3. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and green peppers. Continue to cook, stirring until the onions are tender.
  4. Add the tomatoes, chili powder, ginger snaps cookies (including the liquid), salt and sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Cover and let simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Add the beans to the meat mixture. Continue to cook uncovered until chili is thoroughly heated, approximately 30 minutes.

Printable Recipe Card

Ginger Snaps Cookie Chili

Ginger Snaps Cookie Chili

A delicious chili recipe with flavors infused from ginger snaps cookies. A great chili for those that don't like spicy chili!
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 533 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 4 Ginger Snap Cookies, 4 inch round
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 ½ Cups Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery, diced
  • 2 large Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 Green Pepper, chopped
  • 28 oz Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp White Sugar
  • 45 oz Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, soak the ginger snaps cookies in the apple cider vinegar and water. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the ground beef and ground pork and cook until slightly browned.
  • Add the onion, celery, garlic, and green peppers. Continue to cook, stirring until the onions are tender.
  • Add the tomatoes, chili powder, ginger snaps cookies (including the liquid), salt and sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Cover and let simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the beans to the meat mixture. Continue to cook uncovered until chili is thoroughly heated, approximately 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 533kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 38gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 847mgPotassium: 1451mgFiber: 15gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 923IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 9mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Sonja says:

    When I read this recipe at first I thought I had read wrong. Upon reading it again I decided to give it a try. As ginger snap cookies are one of my favourite cookies I figured I could not go wrong. The chili was very tasty especially with the ginger flavour. A great addition to my recipes.

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