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Bourbon Bison Chili

The idea for the chili began with the pumpkin beer. Matt brewed a 9% Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin beer this year so we wanted to incorporate the light spices of the beer along with a rich bison chili. The beans and Worcestershire enhance the flavor of the bison while the pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar are intended to remind you of the sweetness of the bourbon.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Kath Younger


  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 15 oz can black beans drained
  • 15 oz can kidney beans. drained
  • 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes whole can
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 6 oz pumpkin beer
  • 1 oz bourbon {Maker’s!}
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  • Begin by browning the meat over medium high heat, working in batches if necessary.
  • Add all other ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 15-60 minutes, depending on desired thickness.