Sunday, September 30, 2012

Whiskey Chili

I was looking around the Fresh Market website this summer looking for the recipe for a pasta salad they sell.   No luck there.  But I got to exploring the rest of the recipes and found one for Whiskey Chili and decided to print it off and try it out when the temps went down.  I pulled it out when I realized the temps were going to be in the 50s last night.  A perfect meal for a football game night.

Whiskey Chili

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
1 medium red onion, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato paste 
4 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. paprika
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 c. water
4 slices bacon
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/4 c. whiskey
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 c. cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

In a large skillet, brown beef, pork, onion and peppers until cooked thoroughly and vegetables are soft.

 Transfer to large stockpot and add tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and water.

Cover and simmer over medium heat for 1 hour; stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, render bacon until crispy; crumble bacon and set aside for garnish.  After one hour, stir cocoa, whiskey, salt and pepper to taste in chili.

Cover and simmer for 10 additional minutes.

To serve, spoon into bowls and garnish with cheddar cheese, bacon and cilantro.

I wasn't paying that much attention to my list and only picked up one can of diced tomatoes.  Thankfully I had a ran of rotel that came to the rescue as I didn't want to go back to the store a third time.  I thought I had cocoa powder but when I got home and was putting the groceries away I realized I didn't.  And I did debate using hot chocolate mix instead of going back out. I used hot sausage for the ground pork.  The chili was wonderful.  I mixed up some cornbread muffins and blackberry cobbler to go along with it. 

It was a great fall meal.  And a great night of football.



  1. this sounds amaaaaazing.

    i just pinned this on pinterest! can't wait to try it!

  2. Looks delicious! I'm so excited for fall cooking again!

  3. Ohhhh this sounds great! Perfect cold/football weather food!

    Thanks for sharing & linking up :)