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Alligator Chili
Our thanks to April Barkilus for sending this recipe.

~ 3 pounds alligator meat, diced
~ 1/2 cup oil
~ 2 cups diced onions
~ 1 cup diced celery
~ 1 cup diced bell pepper
~ 2 tbsp diced garlic
~ 2 tbsp diced jalapenos
~ 1 can (16 oz) pinto beans
~ 3 cans (8 oz)tomato sauce
~ 1 cup chicken stock
~ 1 tbsp chili powder
~ 1 tsp cumin
~ salt and cracked black pepper to taste

In a heavy dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat. Add alligator and cook 20 minutes to render juices.

Add onions, celery, bell pepper, garlic and jalapenos. Saute until vegetables are wilted, approximately 3 - 5 minutes.

Add pinto beans, tomato sauce and chicken stock. Bring to a low boil and reduce to simmer.

Add chili powder and cumin. Stir well.

Cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Once alligator is tender, season to taste using salt and black pepper.

Serve and Enjoy!

April says, "This dish is always served at hunting camp dinners over spaghetti."

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