Bacon Chili

Gretchen ***


When the weather cools down the first thing I'm making is chili.
I'm always on the lookout for a new recipe and when I saw this one from Loveless Café here in Tennessee I had to try it. I tweaked it a little according to what I like and the ingredients I had, so feel free to do the same and enjoy!


★★★★★ 2 votes

5 Min
40 Min
Stove Top


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  • 1/2 lb
    bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1
    onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 c
    pinto beans, cooked
  • 1 can(s)
    small chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can(s)
    (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 c
    salsa- your choice
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp

How to Make Bacon Chili


  1. In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, cook bacon over medium low to medium heat, stirring, until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
    Drain all but 1 Tablespoon bacon grease (don't throw it away- save it to make cornbread, or use in place of oil when browning meat, etc.)
  2. Brown ground beef with onions. Drain.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and bacon- mix well.
    Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes.
    Serve with frito chips, or cornbread, and top with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, or any of your favorite chili toppings.

    Note: This makes a thick chili, so if you want add tomatoes or other liquid to thin it out.

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About Bacon Chili

Course/Dish: Pork, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Wheat Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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