Quick Beef-&-Bacon Chili & Beans

Total Time
20 mins
35 mins

Another winner from our "The Chili Cookbook" by Norman Kolpas. This was easy to make, came together quickly, and made for a tasty lunch. We omitted the sour cream as neither of us really care for it.

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  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, bell pepper and bacon, and saute until onions are translucent and bacon begins to color slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add beef and saute, stirring to break up meat into fine particles, until evenly browned, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add chili powder, cayenne and cumin and saute 1 minute more.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, except garnishes, bring to a boil and continue simmering until thick, about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve in individual bowls garnished with cheese, onion, and sour cream.
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4 5

Nice hearty, stew-likes(thick), chili. We really loved the added flavor from the bacon. I made this as written with exception of only using 1/2 of the cayenne pepper for personal and dietary needs of DH. We both like a little heat in our chili, but still want the chili powder to be the major taste/spice flavor of the chili and this wasn't in this case, but that is a personal taste. The other problem I had with the recipe and directions, was that is was very greasy when made as directed. After it was done, there was quite a bit of grease floating on top, from the oil used to cook veggies and then from the added bacon and ground beef fat. I spooned it off the top and then used a mop type of tool for the rest of it. Next time I would cook the bacon first, til crisp & set aside, then I would add the veggies and ground beef and drain them, when finished cooking. Then I would proceed with the crushed tomatoes etc. Thanks for sharing the recipe, one we will repeat with our tweaking for spice and procedure. Made for Photo Tag Game.

5 5

Well worth making, and made for great comfort food on a cool, damp day. Made this as posted though I omitted the salt, and red onion.. (don't prefer red onion). Seasonings were nice and well balanced, and made this exceptionally good. Definately enjoyed here. made for Rookie Tag.