Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili Recipe

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This is my favorite chili recipe by far. The bacon and beer are the secret ingredients that make it stand out. I usually add more beans than the recipe calls for. Recipe from Sunset magazine, Jan 2007.

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Servings: 6
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Ingredients

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  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 T plus 1 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 t smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 t to 1 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • ~ 1 t salt
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) crushed fire-roasted tomatoes (or regular)
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beer (India Pale Ale or pilsner)
  • 1 t Worcestershire
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) pinto beans, drained
  • sour cream, sliced scallions, and/or grated cheddar for topping

Directions

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, cook bacon, stirring until it just begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Add onion, lower heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 4 to 7 minutes. Uncover pan, stir in garlic, and cook 1 minute.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef; break it up with a wooden spoon and stir gently until lit loses its raw color, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in spices and 1 t salt and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beer, and Worcestershire and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover partially, and cook 30 minutes.
  3. Add beans and cook 10 minutes, uncovered. Season to taste with additional salt. Serve warm, with toppings on the side.

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 302g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 395  
Calories from Fat 202 51%
Total Fat 22.42g 28%
Saturated Fat 8.3g 33%
Trans Fat 1.07g  
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 606mg 25%
Potassium 761mg 22%
Total Carbs 18.27g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5.0g 17%
Sugars 3.09g 2%
Protein 27.03g 43%
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