Jack Daniels Chili & chilly weather

I was welcomed back from California today, by thunderstorms and chilly temperatures!  Perfect weather for Jack Daniels Chili…..not so perfect weather for trick-or-treating…..

Jack Daniels Chili by cookingwithcurls.com

This is pretty much a remake of my Guinness Chili, but with a stronger, deeper flavor.  It also carries a bigger kick…..a much bigger kick!  With the chilly, winter weather coming up I knew that I needed to have another chili recipe to whip up.  Jack Daniel’s seemed like a logical flavor choice.  I have no idea why, it just sounded really good…..and it is!

Jack Daniels Chili from cookingwithcurls.com

It was even better when I turned it into Jack Daniel’s Chili Dogs the next day (recipe coming soon)…..

Jack Daniels Chil Dogs by cookingwithcurls.com

This time around I decided to serve the chili with corn chips, but cornbread is a great choice as well.  If you do not want to add whiskey to your chili, simply replace it with beef broth.  If you don’t want to use beef, simply use ground turkey instead.  I am sure that it will still be quite delicious!

It is a such a versatile meal, and the perfect way to warm up on a cold day.


Jack Daniels Chili

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 40 minutes
Meal type Main Course
This Jack Daniels Chili will definitely keep the chill off this winter!


  • 1 1/2 Pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 8 Ounces Jack Daniel's Whiskey*
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion (diced)
  • 15 Ounce can organic red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 15 Ounce can organic white kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 28 Ounce can organic crushed tomatoes
  • 3 Cloves fresh garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon organic brown sugar
  • sour cream and shredded cheese (optional)


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Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 - 4 minutes.
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Add the ground beef and garlic. Cook until meat is no longer pink.
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Add cumin and chili powders.
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Add tomatoes.
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Add beans.
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Add whiskey.
Jack Daniels Chili add brown sugar cookingwithcurls.com
Add brown sugar, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
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Serve with sour cream / Greek yogurt and shredded cheese if desired.


I always add sugar to recipes with canned tomatoes, it helps take the acidic edge off.

*Jack Daniel's is a registered trademark. I have no affiliation with the company and I am not being paid to use their whiskey.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!


  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I love chili …. I mean LOVE it. This sounds so good and like it would be perfect for the cooler weather! Pinning, Lisa!

  2. says

    Lisa, I adore chili season and this one looks like a total winner (especially since you brilliantly used leftovers on hot dogs). You have me craving a chili dog and it’s 9:30 in the morning 🙂

  3. says

    I’m all over this chili! Actually, I’m all over the dogs…so yum! I could seriously eat chili on a daily basis. I love how creative you are with your recipe. My brother in law would really like this one. (He’s been trying to win our family chili cook off for 3 years now! And, this one is a winner!)
    I’m featuring this mouth watering chili at the Show Stopper Saturday party in the morning…cz you ROCK!!!

  4. says

    Lisa, I adore chili season and this just one seems like earnings success (especially as you are remarkably utilised left over spots about very hot dogs). You’ve got myself desire the chili dog and also it’s 9: 25 each morning.


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