Bourbon Beef Chili | Nik Snacks

This post is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and while I was compensated, my words, views and opinions are my own.

Search for the best chili recipe and you get hundreds of results. Stop your search right here with this cozy, zesty chili. The right amount of seasonings and smooth bourbon make this perfect beef chili recipe easy to make. If you want a thick, rich and incredibly flavorful chili, this is your new favorite recipe. Serve it with a side of cornbread for the ultimate comfort food!

There are a lot of choices for consumers when it comes to NC Beef. You can find NC Beef for sale at local farms, farmers markets and via on-line sales all offering grass-fed, grain-fed, organic, non-GMO, heritage, certified animal welfare approved, and a host of other beef niches.

A mere 20 minutes from my house, I can purchase antibiotic-free ribs, steaks, chops and hamburger from a local farm. I visited Newsome Farm in King, N.C. where Brad and Vickie Newsome have 80 acres, up to 40 heads of cattle at a time, as well as chickens, horses, too. Their oldest daughter, McKayla, helps run the farm. She is a recent graduate of NC State's Animal Science program. The family has lived on the property for over 100 years and McKayla will be the 4th generation to run the operation when that day comes.
Picturesque Newsome Farm

Rain and other inclement weather doesn't stop life on the farm, so while it was overcast and rainy, I still got to meet all of the cows and watch them graze and play in the mud. All of the cows at Newsome Farm are born on the farm. After being weaned at 6 months, the heifers and steers are separated from their mothers and eat an all-grass diet until 15 months of age. After that, the cows are given a diet mix of Southern States High Protein feed, cracked corn and hay. The Newsomes actually "handcraft" their hay! They have a tractor, mover, a tether (to rake the hay) and the baylor to roll the hay into round bales. Apparently its very time consuming, but it's worth every minute. Look at these cows!

So once the cows reach 18 months or 1100 pounds, they're ready for slaughter. These two will be heading to the slaughterhouse in 2 weeks. I like the idea of meeting your meat before eating it. Mitchell's Meat Processing in Walnut Cove, N.C. is where the Newsomes take their cattle to be processed. I was able to take home hamburger that had been ground from a whole bull, which produces leaner meat, filet and NY strip. 

Got To Be NC Beef Farm Tours & recipes made with NC Beef

  • Beef Marsala Pot Pie | Baldwin Family Farms from Big Bear’s Wife

  • Chile-Braised Short Rib Tacos | Moore Brothers All Natural Beef from Nourish and Nestle

  • Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm from Life of a Ginger

  • Shepherd’s Pie | Ray Family Farms from Girl Gone Gourmet

  • Back to Earth Tacos | Back to Earth Farm from Jenn on a Missionl

  • Beef Lettuce Wraps | Hickory Nut Gap Farm from Pantry Doctor

  • Bring it on: GotToBeNC Organic GrassFed Beef | Proffitt Family Farms from Heidi Billotto Food

  • Sweet and Spicy Grass-Fed London Broil | Baldwin Family Farms from Pastry Chef Online

  • Bourbon Beef Chili

    Bourbon Beef Chili

    Yield: 6
    Author: Nikki Miller-Ka of Nik Snacks
    I have joined a handful of area bloggers to help share a snapshot of the diversity of NC Beef farms. We all toured different NC beef farms and created diverse recipes using NC beef. I'm excited to share my Bourbon Beef Chili AND my farm visit with you. HUGE shout out to Pastry Chef Online, Jenni Field, for organizing this whole project.


    • 2 tsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
    • 1 lb. lean ground NC beef
    • 1 small green pepper, seeds and stem removed and chopped (1 cup)
    • 1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
    • 1 T minced garlic
    • 1 T cumin
    • 1 T chili powder
    • 1 tsp. ground coriander
    • 2 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed tomato soup
    • 3 oz. bourbon or whiskey (approx. 2 airplane bottles)
    • 1 oz. blackstrap molasses
    • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
    • 2 cups beef stock (or water)
    • 1 can (10 oz.) black beans, drained
    • 1 T Green Tabasco Sauce (or more, to taste)
    • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


    1. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a heavy frying pan, add ground beef, and cook over medium-high heat until the turkey is well-browned and all liquid has evaporated. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat apart as it cooks. Put the browned meat into a medium-sized soup pot (or be like me and brown it in your soup pot and save a step).
    2. Add the other 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the frying pan, add the chopped green pepper and chopped onion, and saute about 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, cumin, chili powder, coriander, onion powder and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the pepper-onion-spices mixture to the soup pot. Then add the tomato soup, tomato sauce, and beef stock to the soup pot and start to simmer the chili on low for 30 minutes.
    3. While the chili simmers, add the black beans, molasses and bourbon to the chili and simmer about an hour, adding a little water if it gets too thick. Taste for seasoning and add Green Tabasco Sauce, salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve hot.


    This post is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and while I was compensated, my words, views and opinions are my own.



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    Nikki Miller-Ka

    Nikki Miller-Ka

    Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

    Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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    1. Sorry you had a rainy visit, but still: going to the farm! Yay!

      Thanks for being a part of the tour, Nikki, and I love the sound of this chili. Bourbons and molasses? Yup-yup!

    2. Oh yum! I'm a big chili fan and your Bourbon Beef Chili looks delicious! Sorry you had poor weather on your tour of Newsome Farm but it sounds like you still had a good visit.

    3. (Once again...) You nailed it! And, just in time for #NationalChiliDay this Thursday too! :)


    4. That's so great that they've had the farm in the family for that long. I think stuff like that is so neat. That chili looks fantastic, I know I'll be making that soon!

    5. I have to make this! Looks absolutely yummy. Sounds like a good farm trip, too.

    6. I love a great chili and this one sounds delicious! Love the pics of the farm - looks like a fun visit despite the weather :)

    7. Thus chili looks amazing! I can't wait to try it. And thank you for sharing the details about the family farm. I am always looking for more farms to visit!

    8. Another fabulous NC farm and yet another great beef recipe! I love this round up and your sharing of your time on the farm was really informative. The recipe looks amazing and I am pinning it for later ! Thanks!

    9. Great post, Nikki! I love that we have this beef source so close to those of us here in Winston. I will have to venture up there soon and check it out myself. But first, can we talk about your chili recipe? Oh my goodness!!! This may be the best chili ever. You had me at whiskey and blackstrap molasses, but then you had to go and throw Green Tabasco in there too? My heart skipped a beat. (I am obsessed with Green Tabasco!!) Thank you for sharing this recipe. It will definitely be a regular in my kitchen. :)

    10. How I would love to do a farm tour. thanks for sharing all the delicious recipes

    11. Sorry about the weather but what an amazing visit to the farm! This looks delicious, I need to make it asap!

    12. That chili sounds delicious, perfect for this time of year!

    13. How nice to have farms right where you live to visit. Was just talking with a chef friend in NYC and he was telling us how he visits farms in upstate NY to get his beef for his family. Great recipe, Nikki!

    14. Farm visits are always a good time! Thanks for sharing!!

    15. I absolutely adore going on farm tours to see the passion that the farm families pour into caring for their animals on a daily basis. How fun! The chili sounds delicious!

    16. Aren't farm visits wonderful? I did something similar with the Ontario Corn Fed Beef program last fall, and I had a great time learning more about beef farming operations and seeing how they care for and feed their cattle. Like you said, it's pretty cool to meet your meat and see where it came from.
      As for this chili, it sounds absolutely dee-lish-ee-ous. I've never met a chili recipe I didn't love, but the use of bourbon in this one? Totally genius.

    17. This is so great!! As a not-too-longtime resident of NC I have enjoyed visiting Hickory Nut Gap farm but it was cool to discover some of the other awesome local provider. And this chili looks amazing!


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