Chef Justin Devillier’s Turtle Chili

The New Orleans chef and restaurateur shares his recipe for this Southern delight
Staff Writer
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Angel Postell

Chef Justin Devillier’s turtle chili is a great fall recipe. Devillier, owner of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans, served his chili topped over a hot dog at the annual Taylor Grocery field trip and dinner at the 2015 Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium, and it was a hit.

10
Servings
526
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

Seasoning:

  • 10 Tablespoons bay leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons dry mustard powder
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin

Chili:

  • 5 Pounds ground turtle meat
  • 4 Cups finely chopped onion
  • 2 Cups finelychopped celery
  • 6 Cups pureed tomato
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 Cups demi-glace
  • 1/3 Cup dry sherry
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

Seasoning:

Mix ingredients in a large bowl.

Chili:

In a large rondeau, brown all of the turtle meat.
Sweat the onions and celery with the turtle.
Add the tomatoes and cook for ten minutes.
Add the seasoning mixture, demi-glace, and garlic to the pot.
Simmer for 45 minutes.
Add the sherry and lemon juice.
Feel free to adjust the seasoning as needed with more lemon, sherry, and salt and pepper. 

Serves 10.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
227mg
76%
Carbohydrate, by difference
40g
31%
Protein
60g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
135µg
19%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
2mg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
31mg
41%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
34µg
38%
Calcium, Ca
214mg
21%
Choline, total
198mg
47%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
85µg
21%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
116mg
36%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
19mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
4mg
80%
Phosphorus, P
677mg
97%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
68µg
100%
Sodium, Na
1804mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
390g
14%
Zinc, Zn
5mg
63%

Jus Shopping Tip

Ingredients like olive oil, shallots, mustard, cream, stock, and butter will help bring French flavors to your cooking.

Jus Cooking Tip

French cuisine is renowned for slow-cooked sauces, however a quick pan sauce will do just as well; after sautéing a piece of meat or fish, remove it from the pan, deglaze with brandy or wine, finish with a touch of butter or cream and voilà!