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Three Bean Bourbon Chicken Chili

Nothing says delicious like a big bowl of flavorful chili, and my Three Bean Bourbon Chicken Chili will not only warm your body but soothe the soul!  Wouldn't this make a great lunch or dinner?
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 450kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 pounds ground chicken or turkey or a combination of both
  • 15 ounce kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce chili pinto beans regular pinto beans can be used instead
  • 15 ounce cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 24 ounces Passata tomatoes or heavy crushed tomato
  • 8 ounces chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons corn masa or fine cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • cayenne can be added for extra heat use with caution


  • in a large skillet or pot add the chopped onions, garlic and olive oil. Saute for a few minutes until the onions are lightly cooked.
  • Add brown sugar, mixing well and continue sauteing for 2 minutes. Carefully add bourbon making sure it doesn't go near open flames.
  • Allow alcohol to burn off bourbon for a minute as mixture continues to cook
  • Add ground meat and begin the browning process. You may need to add additional olive oil.
  • Brown all the meat continuously stirring to break up the meat. ( you may find a heavy wire whisk helpful in breaking up the chunks)
  • When the meat is browned begin adding in your seasonings ( remember you can always add more after its cooked for awhile)
  • Add tomatoes, chicken stock and beans combining all of the ingredients.
  • reduce heat to simmer and allow to simmer for 1 - 2 hours, stirring so it won't stick to the bottom
  • If chili begins to get too thick you can add additional stock or water to get it to the consistency you like.
  • Taste and re-season to your taste.
  • Be careful in adding Cayenne if you decide to kick it up a notch as a little goes a long way.


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1356mg | Potassium: 1438mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1103IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 7mg