10 Weeks of Chili, Week 9: Bacon Chili

I know, I know, this series has taken me way way way too long!  Way longer than 10 weeks!  I have to admit, I am growing oh so very tired of chili!  But, I absolutely insist on finishing the series!  This week’s chili was pretty decent.  I couldn’t really taste the bacon in it, so I’m not sure I would make it with bacon if I made it again (no sense eating bacon if you can’t even taste it).  Other than that, I enjoyed it, and I was pretty intrigued on the idea of bacon chili, so I’m glad I gave it a try.


Bacon Chili



  • 12 ounces bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2, 16-oz cans black beans
  • 1, 28-oz box chopped tomatoes
  • 1, 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Brown bacon and ground beef in bottom of large pot.
  • Drain most of excess fat.
  • Add onions, garlic, red pepper, and spices, and cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring.
  • Add remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.
  • Simmer for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Can simmer for several hours (which is what I did here).



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