Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

  • Cocoababy Posted: 12/04/08
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    this chilli was very, very good. I added diced tomatoes instead of crushed and I omitted the beer and added beef broth, but it still turned out really good! I served it with spicey cornbread and my boyfriend really liked it.

  • carolinablonde Posted: 11/01/09
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    Used turkey bacon and ground turkey but still EXCELLENT! Delish!!

  • DeliaC Posted: 01/13/09
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    This chili is so freaking good. I've been making it since Sunset published the recipe and have made a few mods to it (mostly to lighten it up). I use 4 slices of turkey bacon in place of the regular stuff, and only 1lb of the leanest ground beef I can find. I them add one can of black beans to make up for it (my husband didn't even notice the changes I made) . I also double the spices & garlic (we like it hot in our house) and add some Chipotle Tabasco sauce as well. Seriously, this chili is amazing!

  • Sarahk13 Posted: 08/27/09
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    This is a great recipe. I have made it so many times, I could probably do it with my eyes shut by now. The one consistent change I make is to use ground turkey instead of beef. I also often make a double batch and freeze without the beans. It freezes so well. When I re-heat I add the beans at that time.

  • CaitInATL Posted: 11/05/10
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    Awesome chili! This was pretty thick, so I added 1 cup of water to thin it a bit. Next time, I'll do the same or use broth. I may up the spices too for some more heat. Topped it with sour cream and cheddar - delicious!

  • BigEater Posted: 11/14/09
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    Great Idea! Bacon Chili! I had limited ingredients in my house so I didn't use the ground beef but doubled the bacon. No onion so double the garlic. Best Chili I ever made. Bacon from here on out. Might use a brown or red ale next time.

  • voilacake Posted: 04/23/11
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    Everyone loved this chili! I used ground turkey and four pieces of regular bacon. I used only 1 tablespoon of chili powder and 1 teaspoon of cayenne. My boyfriend said that it was full of flavor, not heat, and only warmed his throat by the time he finished the bowl. It was delicious!

  • asexton2 Posted: 09/05/11
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    I made this chili for the first time last week. I have to say this was the BEST chili I have ever had. I can't wait to make it again. My family loved it too! SO GOOD!

  • tomswit Posted: 10/29/11
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    Has anyone tried adding a little cocoa or baking chocolate to this???????

  • clancythecamper Posted: 01/11/13
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    I was missing a key ingredient so, to be fair, it probably is a solid recipe. I tried to fake it but it didn't pan out ~~~ no pun intended :) I liked the smoky flavor and bacon is always a nice touch but the cayenne pepper didn't work for us. Overall, I will most likely go back to my standard recipe.

  • carriku Posted: 05/30/13
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    Excellent recipe! Used kidney beans which turned out really nice. I also tried to make homemade fire roasted tomatoes in the oven since I couldn't get hold of canned ones - brings out a lot of flavour however takes quite a bit of time! Definitely give this recipe a try.

  • rinshin Posted: 12/27/13
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    I have tried many chili recipes and this one is one of the easiest and the taste is simply superb. I added 14 oz tomato sauce instead of 7 oz and cooked longer than the direction indicated. The chili was good the first day but by the second day it was sublime.

  • TheRoosIsOnFire Posted: 03/23/14
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    The BEST chili I've ever made! I followed the recipe word for word and it came out GREAT! I'm not exactly a wiz in the kitchen and I had no issues with the recipe and feel like I could make this for guests! My family loved it and it's even better the next day! I used Sierra Nevada for the beer.

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