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!
1/2 lbbacon, chopped
1 lbground beef
1 1/2 cpinto beans, cooked
1 can(s)small chili beans, undrained
1 can(s)(14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 csalsa- your choice
1 Tbspchili powder
2 tspground cumin
1 tspsmoked paprika
How to Make Bacon Chili
- 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.)
- Brown ground beef with onions. Drain.
- 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.