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You Need to Try This Awesome Bourbon Chili Recipe


You Need to Try This Awesome Bourbon Chili Recipe

Have you ever wanted to cook with bourbon? Well, now's your chance! This bourbon chili recipe is absolutely fantastic. There's just no denying how much this recipe has to offer. Don't let the long ingredients list intimidate you!

Bourbon Chili


1 pound chili grind meat
3 slices bacon
1 Tablespoon cumin seed, roasted and ground
1 Tablespoon New Mexico chili powder
1 Tablespoon ancho chili powder
1 Tablespoon California chili powder
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 can El Paso mild green chiles
3 jalapeño chiles, seeded and finely chopped
1 habanero chile, seeded and finely chopped
1 large garlic clove
2 15 ounce cans stewed tomatoes, pureed in a blender
1 12 ounce can beer
1 teaspoon beef base
3 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 shot Jim Beam bourbon whiskey
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons masa harina



1. Cook bacon and reserve grease for sautéing onions and garlic.

2. In a large chili pot, sauté onion and garlic. Remove onions and garlic and set aside.

3. Add olive oil and cook meat until gray in color, but not browned.

4. Add onion and garlic back to chili pot, and add dry spices. Cook while stirring for 3 to 4 minutes.

5. Add stewed tomatoes, bacon bits, chiles, beer, celery, whiskey, and beef base.

6. Bring to a boil, and then simmer about 3 to 4 hours until done, adding masa harina 5-7 minutes before complete.

How Long Will Leftover Chili Stay Good For?

We've all been there. We put leftovers in the fridge, and several days later we're left wondering if they're any good. Fortunately, we have a simple answer for you regarding how long chili will stay good for. Proper storage is important, so make sure you follow our guidelines.

Don't leave your chili sitting out at room temperature for longer than two hours. Sometimes mistakes happen; if you wind up unintentionally leaving your chili out for too long, play it safe and throw it away. Store leftover chili in an airtight container, and then refrigerate or freeze.

Frozen chili will stay good for 4-6 months, meaning that it's great for long-term meal prep. After thawing, chili will stay good in the fridge for 3-4 days. Keep in mind that the longer chili is left frozen, the lower the quality will dip. You won't see a significant dip in quality for several months, but it's still important to keep in mind.

Before reheating your leftover chili, check it for signs of spoilage. Any mold or sour odor is an immediate cause for concern. Even if the mold is only visible on part of the chili, discard all of it. The texture of it should look normal, and it shouldn't have an abnormal color. When in doubt, throw it out.

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