Maple Bourbon Chili

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This hearty beef and bean Maple Bourbon Chili has the deep rich flavor of bourbon with the sweetness of maple syrup.

white bowl full of Maple Bourbon Chili with toppings

I thought I would jazz up a traditional chili recipe with some bourbon and maple syrup.  These two flavors work surprisingly well together, especially in a big comforting bowl of thick, rich chili.

white bowl full of Maple Bourbon Chili with toppings

I went all out with chili toppings and topped my Maple Bourbon Chili with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions.

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Maple Bourbon Chili Recipe

5 from 18 votes
This hearty beef and bean Maple Bourbon Chili has the deep rich flavor of bourbon with the sweetness of maple syrup.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 36 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes


Servings 4 servings
Calories 354 kcal


  • 1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Optional: Up to 1 cup of water I use ½ cup


  • Add the beef to a large soup pot and place over medium-high heat. Break the beef apart with a wooden spoon. Add the onion. Cook 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Beef should be cooked through. Drain off any excess fat, if necessary.
  • Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cook 1 minute, stirring often.
  • Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, bourbon, and maple syrup. *If you like thinner chili, add up to 1 cup of water at this point. Stir well. Bring the liquid to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to low or medium-low. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Let the chili rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1portion = ¼ of the recipe | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.2g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fiber: 8.6g
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Soup
Keyword bourbon chili, chili recipe, maple chili, sweet chili recipe
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks

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  1. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe to a T. It had a great taste. I must admit that it was much thicker than I expected so I added another can of tomato sause as well as a cup of water. I really liked the combo of Maple syrup and teh Bourbon.

    1. 5 stars
      I too made this for ofc chili cookoff and won 2nd place! It’s really delicious! I used a chuck roast and did the whole thing in crockpot! I WILL be keeping this recipe!!!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband loves chili but I do not—until now. This is a game-changer. I use pinto beans when that’s what I have on hand and they work too.

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I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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