Duck, Duck, (no) Goose Chili

"Duck can be a polarizing ingredient. But when it's made into bacon or ground into sausage it seems far less daunting to the average palate. That's how I've introduced it to so many friends and family. But what really takes this chili over the top is the addition of Black Box Pinot Noir. The red cherry notes and the oakiness of the wine both soften and complement the inherent gaminess of duck. And the light acidity cuts perfectly through the richness."

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

75 minutes

Paired With

Main Protein

Wild Game


Duck Bacon 1 pound, 2 pounds, 1, 6, 2 tablespoons, 1/2 cup, 6, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 2 tablespoons, 1 tablespoon, 6 leaves, 1 teaspoon, 1 can (15 oz), 1 pint, 6
Ground Duck Sausage
Fresh Jalapeno Pepper, de-seeded & diced
Chopped Shallots
Garlic Paste
Black Box Pinot Noir
SUPER ripe Kumato Tomatoes, skins removed
Kosher or Sea Salt
Light Brown Sugar
Chili Powder
Ground Cumin
Fresh Tarragon, minced
Ginger Paste
Red Kidney Beans
Diced Cherry or Grape Tomatos
Chopped Green Onions


1. Roughly chop duck bacon and fry until crisp (about 5 minutes). Remove and set aside on paper towel lined plate (leaving duck fat in the pot).

2. Add duck sausage to the pot and cook down until no longer pink (about 10 minutes). Remove and set aside.

3. Add the shallots and jalapeño to the pot and cook until soft (about 5 minutes).

4. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 2 minutes).

5. Add the Black Box Pinot Noir and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot, making sure to scrape up all the browned bits on the bottom of the pot.

6. Add tomatoes, breaking them up with your hands as you put them in the pot. Cover the pot and simmer 15 minutes.

7. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of liquid from the pot into a small bowl and make a paste by mixing it with the salt, sugar, chili powder, cumin, tarragon & ginger. Simmer (covered) 15 minutes more.

8. Add the kidney beans and return the duck sausage to the pot. Simmer (covered) 15 minutes more.

9. Serve topped with a sprinkling of the reserved cooked duck bacon, diced tomatoes, chopped scallions, a nice glass of Black Box Pinot Noir and enjoy!