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


1/2 lb
bacon, chopped
1 lb
ground beef
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


  • 1In 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.)
  • 2Brown ground beef with onions. Drain.
  • 3Add 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