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Stove-Top Bourbon Chili January 14, 2015

Jamie says: Bourbon chili. It’s been my go-to, delicious meal of 2014. It freezes perfectly and, I swear, the leftovers taste even better than the amazing original batch. I’ve modified my 2012 recipe over the years and wanted to share the latest version of the recipe with you. So cheers to Stove-Top Bourbon Chili- and an awesome and delicious 2015!

Stove-Top Bourbon Chili

Stove-Top Bourbon Chili

Bourbon chili pairs perfectly with cornbread. Check out my Two Sisters One Kitchen’s Skillet Cornbread recipe for a great side. P.S. You can freeze the cornbread, too.

Pairs perfectly with Skillet Cornbread (recipe also on TSOK)

Pairs perfectly with Skillet Cornbread (recipe also on TSOK)

I’ve enjoyed sharing this meal and recipe with friends, and I hope you’ll absolutely love it, too.

Chili explosion!

Chili explosion!

Stove-Top Bourbon Chili


  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (Publix), divided
  • 1 lb ground chicken (Perdue)
  • 26.46 oz box petite cut tomatoes in light puree (Dei Fratelli, Truly)
  • 15 oz canned low sodium dark red kidney beans (Publix GreenWise Market organic)
  • 15.8 canned reduced sodium great Northern beans (Bush’s Best)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (Badia)
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar (Publix)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon (Blanton’s The Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, 93 proof)
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded 2% Mexican style four cheese (Kraft)
  • 12 oz (two 6-oz cups) fat free (0%) plain Greek yogurt (Fage or Chobani)
  • Directions
  1. Peel onion and chop. Heat a large pot on medium heat. Add chopped onion and 2 Tbsp canola oil. Cook for about 7 minutes or until soft and lightly brown, stirring frequently with a heat-proof spatula.
  2. Add ground chicken and remaining 2 Tbsp canola oil. Cook an additional 3 minutes or until cooked throughout, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Add entire package of tomatoes (including puree) to pot.
  4. Rinse and drain kidney and Northern beans. Add to pot along with chili powder, white vinegar, and bourbon. Stir well, cover with a lid, and increase heat to low/medium-low heat for a gentle simmer. Cook for about 1 hour 30 minutes. (You can really eat it right away since the meat is cooked, but the longer it cooks, the better it tastes.)
  5. Serve in bowls (or allow to cool slightly and freeze in jars) and top with a sprinkling of shredded cheese and a generous dollop of Greek yogurt. Enjoy!

Serves: 4-5

Serving suggestion: Serve with Two Sisters One Kitchen’s Skillet Cornbread.

  • Nutrition note: Recipe makeover! What makes this recipe better for you? Using ground chicken (instead of ground beef), reduced fat cheese (2%) instead of full fat cheese, fat free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream makes this recipe a better choice. Yup! The fat and sodium were cut and the probiotics, calcium, and protein amped up, while, in my opinion, the flavor was enhanced! Talk about a win-win situation!

Bourbon Pork Chili February 28, 2012

Jamie says: My Mom makes this AWESOME bourbon chili. She found the recipe in the Made in The Shade cookbook, a collection of recipes by the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc. I used the recipe for inspiration and made some changes to create my own Bourbon Pork Chili.

Bourbon Pork Chili

We use ground pork instead of ground beef. (In my household, we use ground pork to replace ground beef.)

That's ground pork in there (and some beans)

I brought the Crock Pot of chili to my neighbors place to watch The Oscars.

Gotta love the Crock Pot for keeping this warm 'til party time

I brought some toppings, too.

Reduced fat sour cream and shredded cheese

This chili was absolutely amazing. (And so was my neighbor Amy’s chocolate pie.)

Amazing chili

Some of the guests at the party thought it was the best chili ever. I enjoyed it for dinner for the next couple of nights, too.

Pass the chili, please!


Bourbon Pork Chili


  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1 lb market ground pork (Publix)
  • 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes (Hunt’s)
  • 15.5 oz can light red kidney beans (Publix)
  • 16 oz can white beans (Bush’s)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (Badia)
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar (Publix)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon (Blanton’s The Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, 93 proof)
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream (Daisy)
  • 1 cup shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese (Publix)


  1. Preheat a slow cooker (Crock Pot) on high heat and a large saute pan on medium high heat. Chop onion. Add ground pork and chopped onion to saute pan. Cook for 8 minutes or until pork is cooked and onions are soft, stirring frequently.
  2. Add entire can of tomatoes, undrained, to slow cooker. Drain kidney beans and white beans; add beans to slow cooker along with cooked pork and onions, chili powder, vinegar, and bourbon. Stir. Allow to heat for 2 hours or until ready to eat.
  3. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream. Enjoy!

Serves: 6-8

  • Nutrition note: Balance and moderation is key. When using a fattier meat (like market ground pork), choose reduced fat/light versions of other high fat foods such as sour cream and cheese.