Kickoff Blackeyed Pea & Bacon Chili

Merry Graham


On game day, everyone needs a unique easy chili that will get your guests a talking! Kickoff Blackeyed Pea & Bacon Chili is a flavorful, power packed with delicious chili that will kick off the new year right! You will be amazed at how much flavor this chili has with such a small amount of cooking time. You can prepare and serve this flavor packed blackeyed pea chili in 25 minutes or less! Serve the chili with tortilla chips for dipping and you have a chili that will be asked for throughout the year!


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9-10 cups
10 Min
25 Min


  • 1 pkg
    (12 ounce) hickory smoked thick bacon
  • 2 c
    chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
  • 2 c
    chopped rutabaga (1 medium)
  • 1 c
    chopped poblano chili pepper
  • 1/4 c
    chopped garlic (4 large garlic cloves)
  • 2 can(s)
    (15 ounce) blackeyed peas, drained
  • 1 can(s)
    (28 ounce) diced fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 c
    chicken stock
  • 1/2 can(s)
    (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 1 /2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp
    chili powder, (such as gebhardt's)
  • 1 tsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 c
    chopped celery
  • 1/2 c
    chopped cilantro
  • 6 slice
    bacon for garnish (see bacon tip)

How to Make Kickoff Blackeyed Pea & Bacon Chili


  1. In a Dutch oven or high-walled skillet on medium-high heat, fry bacon pieces until crisp; remove bacon pieces and place on paper towel. Crumble bacon to ΒΌ-inch or smaller pieces; set aside.
  2. Add onions and rutabaga to bacon fat in skillet and cook on medium for 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook two minutes. Stir in blackeyed peas, tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, spices and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to low, simmer, stirring frequently for 10 minutes. Add celery and crumbled bacon and cook 5 minutes. Taste and add extra salt if desired. Chili is ready to serve or, if needed, chili can simmer for up to 30 minutes. Ladle into soup bowls, sprinkle cilantro, additional bacon pieces, and grated cheddar cheese on top. Serve with tortilla chips. Yields: 9-10 cups
  3. Bacon Tip: To make bacon pieces to garnish the top of the Blackeyed Pea Chili, place 4-6 slices of regular bacon on 3 sheets of paper towel. Cover bacon with a paper towel and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Continue to cook on high in 30-second increments until bacon is crisp. Cool bacon on a new paper towel and cut with kitchen shears in 1/2-inch pieces.

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About Kickoff Blackeyed Pea & Bacon Chili

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes, Chili
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtag: #blackeyed

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