Smoky Kentucky Chili

"A uniquely Kentucky take on what is in my opinion the best winter recipe. If you can't find bourbon-smoked spices, you can substitute any kind of smoked spices. The bourbon barrel aging process adds a lovely deep almost woodsy flavor that complements the spicy flavor of the chili."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • In a large nonstick saute pan, brown the beef and turkey. Season with smoked salt and smoked pepper. Drain and add to a large pot or slow cooker insert.
  • In the same pan, toast the garlic with bourbon-smoked chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, smoked paprika, and turmeric until fragrant. Add to pot or slow cooker insert and stir to combine with meat mixture. Add beer, beef stock, crushed tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, Worcestershire sauce, and chipotle pepper sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Simmer on low in large pot or cook in slow cooker on low for at least 2 hours, longer if possible. Make sure to taste the chili before serving and adjust the seasonings as necessary.
  • Serve chili with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, diced onions, tortilla strips, or any other toppings of your choice.

Questions & Replies

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  1. fitzpatrick1000
    12 ounces of bourbon? Seems like rather expensive chili. Is it really good enough to justify that??? Or is that a typo?


  1. allan
    Being Kentucky born and bred, I have never heard of Ky Chili. However, the recipe looks fascinating. However, where does one find bourbon smoked salt, pepper, chili powder and worchestershire sauce?


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