With Chili-Palooza coming up on September 21s, it’s had me thinking of what possibly could be some the strangest Chili recipes. I’ve been able to locate a Boilermaker Chili, I’ve seen some with chocolate, but what about with booze? People use whiskey and wine to cook so why shouldn’t chili fall into that category? Well it kind does. This either may be really good, or really awful but here’s a recipe for Bacardi Rum Chili from our friends at


1 lb lean ground beef

1 lb ground turkey

1c whole tomatoes

1 large can tomato sauce

1 small can tomato paste

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 can ranch-style beans

1 can red beans

1/3 c Bacardi rum


Season to taste with Chili powder, cilantro, bay leaf, pepper and garlic. Brown meats in large pan, pour of grease. Toss in all veggies. Cook 5 min until they’re softened. Add tomato sauce, whole tomatoes, paste and beans. Allow contents of pan to heat up. Add rum and seasonings .Turn down to simmer and allow to cook at least 1 hr. Can cook longer if preferred.

Now this may either be the most delicious thing on planet Earth, or a guaranteed ticket to the porcelain bowl to puke this up.




Chili-Palooza will be taking place on September 21st from 4pm to 10 pm at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds. The gates will open at 4pm for an evening of musical entertainment provided by local bands. The main attraction of the night will be the “Chili Cook-off” with local fire departments and non-profit organizations competing for the title of “Best Chili.” The fire department or non-profit with the best chili will receive cash prizes. It will be an evening of fun for the entire family and a great way to support the community! Great Beer, Great Music, and Great food with Townsquare Media.


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