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Whiskey Three-Bean Chili

Are you watching the super bowl next weekend? I’m not a huge football fan, but I do love the spirit and excitement it brings. My favourite part is cooking up some delectable delights that are enjoyed by everyone! But with the many dietary restrictions cropping up among friends, it can be hard finding something that suits everyone’s palate.

Chili, a classic go-to, gets a refreshing revamp with an entirely vegan base and lots of fiber-rich and filling vegetables. The best part? A generous dose of whiskey gets tossed into the mix at the last minute, leaving a delicious flavour that can’t be beat. Your meat-eaters won’t even miss the ground beef!

Additionally, this recipe is made entirely in the slow cooker, which means more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen. Simply serve it out in individual bowls and top it with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt if you’re feeling festive (and if your guests aren’t lactose intolerant!). Feel free to sprinkle a bit of freshly chopped parsley over top if you have any. But otherwise, this chili is a show-stopper on its own!


Whiskey Three-Bean Chili


  • 3 cans of your favourite beans (I used black beans, kidney beans and chickpeas), drained but not rinsed
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes, reduced sodium or no sodium
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup chopped or frozen spinach (optional)
  • 1 cup reduced sodium beef broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 shots of whiskey


Throw all ingredients in the slow cooker except the whiskey. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. One hour before serving, add the whiskey. Serve hot and garnished with sour cream or greek yogurt if desired.

Keeps for five days in the fridge in a sealed container.
Don’t worry about serving this to children- the alcohol evaporates quite quickly. If you’re concerned the whiskey flavor might be too strong, start with only one shot and taste.