whiskey smoked cowboy chili

Best dang chili ever. Whiskey smoked cowboy chili! You don’t have to be out West to make it! It’s guaranteed to make you kick up your heels!

Chili Recipe

When we’re  in Colorado in the winter, there’s nothing better than chili!  The grandkids come off the slopes after a big day of skiing and snowboarding and are ravenously hungry.

That’s why you need to take a look at the many chili recipes I’ve created! All unique. Each fabulously delicious! 

Chili with Beef

It’s always good to have something hot on the stove and sweets and fruit on the kitchen counter. I love it because it all gets eaten, and I can cook more!  

Chili Bean Recipe

So, I wanted to create something using whiskey and since I had an opened container of V8 juice in the refrigerator, I decided that would be used instead of crushed tomatoes.

Best Damn Chili

The spices in this cowboy chili are kickin’, like a sneak up on ya hot. Yep,  your mouth can be on fire!  

Grass Fed Beef Chili

So if your palate calls for less spice and heat, then just reduce the amounts to your liking.  This chili got great reviews from my food seekers.

And, if you’re looking for meat deals on grass-fed and pasture raised meats, then check out $50 off your first order with Cooks Venture and free delivery.  Use discount code AK50 at checkout!

Or, venture into Wild Pastures which gives you wholesale prices for life plus free delivery! 

Whiskey Chili Recipe

Remember you can add a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheese and make even more of a meal. And, think about this chili with nachos…oh, yeah!  The possibilities are endless!  Here’s to heating up your palate. xoxo ~ally
whiskey smoked cowboy chili

whiskey smoked cowboy chili

whiskey smoked cowboy chili

Yield: 8+ big bowls


  • 1 carrot cut, cut into several chunks
  • 1 rib of celery, cut into several chunks
  • 1 small onion, cut into several chunks
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2  cup extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 lb. ground hot Italian sausage (or ground pork)
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 3 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. chipotle chili powder (can sub 1/2 tsp cayenne or 1 tsp chili flakes)
  • 1can (15 oz.) black beans
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) pinto beans
  • 2 1/2 cups V8  juice, can substitute bone broth, beef or chicken
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red roasted pepper strips (from jar)
  • 10 oz. frozen corn
  • 4-6 green onions chiffonade cut for garnish when serving


  1. Put the carrot, celery, onion, garlic cloves and 1/4 cup olive oil in the food processor and pulse into a ground mixture.  
  2. Put the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the food processor contents and saute about 5 minutes.
  3. Add sausage (or pork), turkey and salt and brown the meat.  Add the whiskey and cook about 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium and add cumin, paprika and chili powder and blend well.  
  4. Add in the remaining ingredients one at a time and blend after each addition.  
  5. Cover chili with a lid and cook on medium heat about 45 to 60 minutes stirring occasionally.  
  6. Reduce heat to medium low and cook another hour plus stirring occasionally.


Use bone broth instead of V8, Use my code at checkout, ALLYSKITCHEN, and get 20% off the best bone broth out there, Kettle & Fire. Click here!

Add water or chicken or beef bone broth if you need to thin the chili.

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whiskey smoked cowboy chili

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