bowl of chili with yellow cheese on top
Splash Some Bourbon Into Your Next Pot
Of Chili For Profound Flavor
Unusual as it may sound, adding a splash of bourbon might become your new favorite way to achieve bigger and bolder flavors when you whip up a big old pot of chili.
An oaky barrel-aged bourbon has flavors of vanilla, caramel, and warm spices, and it is these qualities that allow bourbon to complement and contrast a savory and zesty chili.
Cooking chili with bourbon can intensify flavors and aromas as it bonds better to fat and water molecules, resulting in a tastier spoonful of your chosen ingredients.
Once you have browned the ground meat and aromatics, pour in about ¼ cup of bourbon to deglaze the pan to loosen up the flavorful bits, and let it simmer for around 15 minutes.