Should You Be Making Crockpot Fireball Chili This Fall?

A bowl of chili fireball

Fall is here and that means a couple things…

Football and chili (and country music always, of course).

So when I came across this, I was initially horrified.

Fireball in my chili?

My memories of Fireball are blank. I know I drank it when I was in my early 20s quite a bit, but that’s all I remember. As a real adult? Not so much. A recipe shared on Reddit (by user u/arkyrocks) called Crockpot Fireball Chili might be your new favorite gameday go-to this fall, or you may shiver in fear at the thought of it.

I’ll let you decide…

Recipe: Fireball Chili

Prep Time: 15 Mins.

Cook Time: 4-6 Hours (4 on high, 6 on medium)


1 lb Ground Beef

1 can (16oz) Bushes Chili Beans (kidney beans in chili sauce)

1 can (16oz) Bushes Pinto Beans (drain the liquid)

1 cup of Sweet Corn

2/3 cup of Fireball Whiskey

1/4 White Onion

1 teaspoon Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon Salt

1 clove of Garlic

1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 jar (14-16oz) Medium Chunky Salsa (This might be cheating but it makes some good chili.)

Cayenne powder (Seasoned to taste)

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon (My secret ingredient, the cinnamon adds a ton of depth to the flavor of the chili.)

Any Veggies you got laying around? Might as well add them. This is just what I had on hand at the time. Mushrooms are a great addition as well.

Garnish with cilantro or parsley


– In a large pan on the stove brown the ground beef in 1/2 cup of Fireball Whiskey. I seasoned with garlic salt while browning the beef as well.

– Once meat is browned add it and the contents of the pan to the crockpot. If you want to be fancy you can deglaze the pan but I was lazy.

– Add the beans, onion, corn, and salsa. Drain the beans that are not in chili sauce before adding.

– I seasoned at several steps through the process and did not measure exactly so I’d reckon that you could add half the spices now and half later. I also added a shot of Fireball at this stage.

– Set a timer for 2 Hours and set your Crockpot to Medium or High. Mine only has low or high so I had it on high and after 2 hours the edges got a little burned so I would recommend medium or stirring more often.

– After 2 Hours I came back and added more of the spices and another shot of Fireball

– Another 2 Hours later I came back and added another shot of Fireball and seasoned to taste.

– And 2 Hours later it is ready. If you did Medium heat then around 6 hours total is the correct time. High heat will be closer to 4 hours total but you will need to stir and season more often.

Let us know the verdict.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock