How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Meat and bourbon is a delicious marriage—whether it's bacon-infused bourbon or bourbon drenched steaks, or perhaps the most ingenious combination of all: bourbon-spiked chilli.

The hint of bourbon is subtle, but it packs just enough punch to set this delicious chili apart in a friendly neighborhood cook-off. Feel free to play around and tweak the ingredients below—after all, concocting the perfect chili is all about experimentation.

Bourbon Spiked Chili

Ingredients:

  • approximately 3/4 cup Wild Turkey 101 proof bourbon
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • approximately 1 bowl of chopped spicy sausage
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 onions (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of beef broth
  • 2 cans kidney beans

Seasoning:

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • red pepper flakes to taste

Step 1 Gather Your Ingredients

I like to get everything organized before I begin.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 2 Chop the Onions and Garlic

Chop your onions and garlic semi-finely, and set aside in a bowl.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 3 Sauté

Add approximately 1/4 cup vegetable oil to a large cast iron pot, and set on medium to medium high heat. Once the oil starts heating up, toss in your onions and garlic.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 4 Add the Ground Beef

When the onions turn a warm yellow color, add your ground beef. Break up continuously with a wooden spoon or spatula. Make sure to cook evenly, stirring often.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 5 Add the Cooked Sausage

I used a delicious hickory-smoked Portuguese style sausage called "Silva Hot Linguica". I opted for fully-cooked sausage, but you can go for raw. If that's the case, you may want to add it at the same time as the ground beef—or you can skip the sausage all together.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 6 Add the Seasoning

If you're like me, you've doled out all your spices in the appropriate amounts ahead of time, and have them ready to toss in. Stir evenly.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 7 Add Tomatoes

Throw in your canned tomatoes and stir.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 8 Add the Bourbon and Beef Broth

Now it's time to add the bourbon and beef broth. I opted for Wild Turkey 101, tossing in 3/4 cup to start. I then added 1/2 cup of beef broth, and tasted.  It wasn't there yet, so I added another 1/2 cup of beef broth, and a swig of Wild Turkey. I recommend starting with less, and adding more as you go.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 9 Simmer for 40 Minutes

Time for the ingredients to begin fusing together.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 10 Taste Test

Toss in some salt and pepper to taste. Does it need red pepper flakes? Is the bourbon too strong? (And you're complaining... why?) But seriously, if it is, try adding more beef broth to dilute.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Step 11 Add the Kidney Beans

I saved this step for last to avoid the risk of soggy, mushy beans. Toss them in, and stir. Let sit for another 10 minutes or so, simmering.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Tips

  • The art of chili is all about ad lib. In the end, I thought it could use more tomato flavor, so I added a few spoonfuls of tomato paste.

How to Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili


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