Sweet Eaters and Readers,
Welcome to Tasty Tuesday and the second annual soup-chili-stew recipe swap and blog hop! Try saying that with your mouth full.
Whether you’re hungry or just like to eat, you’ve come to the right spot! More than a baker’s dozen-worth of bloggers have gathered together to share our favorite fall soup-chili-stew recipes with YOU! You lucky ducks. And with each other, of course. Before we get started today, you can check out last year’s recipes, here.
If you are hopping here from Bri’s blog at What’s Brewing with Bri, thank you!! Grab your apron and meet me in the kitchen. Let’s not waste another precious minute!
Let’s Get Cooking: Maple Bourbon Chili
One of the activities on my 2019 autumn bucket list was to try new chili recipes. Gimme a big green check mark on that one, girls. ✔️ I have tried 2 new chili recipes so far. And a stew recipe to boot. When I discovered Amanda’s maple bourbon chili recipe on Pinterest, my curiosity was piqued. Knew right away I had to try it. So glad I did.
I’ve always added brown sugar to my chili. Maple syrup sounded like an interesting alternative. And I’ve been known to add beer to chili and spaghetti sauce. Cooking wine to marinades and stews. So the bourbon in this recipe didn’t throw me off too much. Except we don’t drink bourbon! So it meant a trip to the liquor store.
FYI, I never make a recipe exactly and rarely make a recipe the same way twice. Same goes for this one. My suggestions are noted below.
- 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (used 96% lean)
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped (used about a half to accommodate PC’s tummy issues)
- Half green pepper chopped (this is something I added that wasn’t in the original recipe – I always do that)
- 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 (we don’t like chunks of tomato so I pureed them)
- 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (used lite syrup)
- Shredded cheddar cheese and fat-free/low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
- Optional: Up to 1 cup of water I use 1/2 cup
So, if you and I have been hanging out for any length of time, you know how much I love my crockpot. Trying hard to have the same relationship with my Instapot but it hasn’t quite happened yet. We’re still in those awkward getting-to-know each other days. Because I usually like to cook my soup and chili and stew slowly throughout the day, I always use my crockpot for them. But this chili is different. It cooks up quickly on the stove in 30 minutes. And that might be even better!
You will need a large lidded soup pot or Dutch oven for this chili. Or maybe a deep frying pan with a lid.
- Add the ground beef to a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
- Break the beef apart as it browns.
- Chop the onion and green pepper. 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.
- Stir in the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce and bring to boil.
- Measure bourbon and maple syrup into measuring cup and add slowly to the mixture.
- Return to a boil.
- Add 1/2 to 1 cup of water, depending on how thick you like your chili.
- Reduce heat to low and cover pot.
- Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and allow the chili to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- Add a sprinkle of grated cheddar (we like Vermont cheddar) and a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt
My mouth is watering just thinking about this chili again. Oh, my goodness! It is so good. The bourbon adds such a rich, smoky flavor somehow. The syrup offers the perfect sweetness.
Thinking next time I might add a little cilantro to each bowl or a slice of avocado for the pop of green. Gotta love that color green.
This chili would be delicious with a hunk of corn bread, or even ladled over corn chips or tostadas. Hey, it would even be perfectly paired with brats or hot dogs to make chili dogs.
Amanda at The Wholesome Dish provided the nutrition information below with the original recipe.
Serving: 1 portion = 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.2g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fiber: 8.6g
By my calculations, each serving is worth about 7 Freestyle Weight Watchers points. And worth every one of them!
Now, here comes the part where you are cordially invited to slip on your tennies and hop over to Kellyann’s at This Blonde’s Shopping Bag to check out her favorite soup-chili-stew recipe. And then be sure you visit all of the other gals linking up with me today. I am so grateful to each of them for being game to give this swap and hop a go.
- Kellyann http://www.thisblondesshoppingbag.com/
- Gale https://allthelittlebits.com/
- Penny http://pennyspassion.blogspot.com/
- Cindi https://diaryofamadretiree.com/
- RebeccaJo http://www.knitbygodshand.com/
- Shugunna https://www.nzurinsimplicity.com/
- Jamie https://nodelusionsofgrandeur.com/
- Sarah http://www.foxysdomesticside.com/
- Dani https://familyloveinspirationeducation.wordpress.com/
- Anne https://www.thecajuncouple.com/
- Michael Ann http://outandback.live/
- Bojana https://bosbodaciousblog.blogspot.com/
- Bri https://whatsbrewingwithbri.blogspot.com/
- Me https://onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com/
Before you go, if you have a favorite fall soup-chili-stew recipe, won’t you share? You can leave it in a comment here or on my Facebook page, here. Or write it up in a post and link-up with us below! The more the merrier. At the end of this thing, we can have a couple of season’s worth of tried and true, great recipes.
Thank you, dear friends, for coming by and spending a few moments with me. Thank you to my sweet friends for joining me in this soup-chili-stew recipe swap. I am so blessed!
P.S. On 11.21.2019, I will be sharing my mini-Christmas/Holiday bucket list. My list is usually only 5-6 activities long that revolve around the holiday celebrations, food, crafts, style and decor. If you would like to join me, please let me know in a comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hugs and kisses,