Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson Β  Β 
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Yield
Makes 6 servings

Bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spicy smoked paprika give this easy-to-make chili recipe a deep, complex flavor. While it's great right after you make it, it's even better the next day. Serve with warm cornbread for a complete meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, cook bacon, stirring until it just begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Add onion, lower heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 4 to 7 minutes. Uncover pan, stir in garlic, and cook 1 minute.

Step 2

Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef; break it up with a wooden spoon and stir gently until it loses its raw color, 7 minutes. Stir in spices and 1 tsp. salt and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beer, and Worcestershire and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover partially, and cook 30 minutes.

Step 3

Add beans and cook 10 minutes, uncovered. Season to taste with salt. Serve warm, with toppings on the side.

Step 4

*Find at well-stocked grocery stores and from spanishtable.com.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Step 6

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Also appeared in: Sunset, January, 2007

Ratings & Reviews

Awesome Chili Recipe!

rinshin
February 09, 2016
I made this almost to the letter of the recipe the first time- I doubled the bacon (Applewood-smoked)Β and garlic. Everyone scraped their bowl! 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne and no one whined about the heat so that's where I keep it, even though I like a bit more. Sierra Nevada beer. I've made itΒ another dozen times and had fun playing around with the recipe and ingredients a bit, but the way it's listed here is fantastic.

carriku
October 24, 2016
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Great Recipe

Pipigage
March 12, 2015
Great taste but I only added half of the spices and then took a taste. Β Good thing or I would have had to throw the whole pot out since we are not hot spicy people. Β Will save the rest for the next batch as it was great.

Hero chilli

BigEater
October 13, 2015
Yep. Every time I make this chilli, it feels like scoring the winning td. Lager beer is the best, and instead of cayenne pepper I use powdered chipotles. And try it with smoked salt! Holy Cow!

Triple B (beer/bacon/black bean... OK, 4 B's maybe, 5 including beef)

jonetaylor
December 15, 2016
Made this twice now and modified it a bit the second time and so much more for the better!Added a tbsp of chipotle hot sauce, substituted pinto beans with black beans, added 1 1/2 cups of corn, and a whole can of lager instead of 1/2 cup. Also added 1/2 tsp salt. Make sure you don't over cook the bacon, some extra bacon fat really made this just so great.I have gotten excellent reviews from people in our church chilli cook off. This is my new go-to chilli recipe.

Delicious! Try this modification.

clancythecamper
January 25, 2017
I've cooked from this recipe about 10 times now, and I have found that having a mix of 4 ounces of regular ketchup and 4 ounces of tomato sauce instead of 8 ounces of tomato sauce makes it a little bit sweeter, and really tasty. Β There is a certain grease factor, I think, brought on by the bacon and beer, and the ketchup also helps to mellow that out. Β  Give it a try!Β oh, and I leave out the cayenne too because my young children don't like the heat.Β 

Fantastic!

MrWalker
January 31, 2017
I adjusted the recipe for the 1# of ground beef I had in the freezer. Even so, I found the mix could withstand another can of beans! Added a can of black beans. My other favorite chili recipe is All American Chili (Cooking Light) with red wine but it's not as speedy as this one.

asexton2's Review

voilacake
September 05, 2011
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!

Cocoababy's Review

LindaThiel
December 04, 2008
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.

astraub's Review

books4gail
April 09, 2013
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