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.
Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili
Cocoababy Posted: 12/04/08
carolinablonde Posted: 11/01/09
Used turkey bacon and ground turkey but still EXCELLENT! Delish!!
DeliaC Posted: 01/13/09
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
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
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
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
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
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
Has anyone tried adding a little cocoa or baking chocolate to this???????
clancythecamper Posted: 01/11/13
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
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
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
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.