Bacon Chili

This week has been a busy one for me. I finally caught up on my laundry from BlogHer and adjusting to being back at work. We are getting ready for the new school year at work and I am amazed at how quickly each year goes by.

We also had a great time this weekend watching a local band at a concert and attending a street festival in San Clemente. It was a really fun weekend and I wish weekends did not go by so fast. In the spirit of Bacon Month, I am sharing this original recipe for Bacon Chili. It is very tasty and has a little bite to it.


It is perfect for supper or as a tailgate or barbecue side dish. I like to keep the canned beans in stock so that I can make this dinner anytime I 

have ground beef and bacon in the refrigerator (which is quite often).

If you have bacon lovers in the house. They will probably enjoy this dish.



Bacon Chili

1 lb ground beef

1/3 cup onions, chopped

1 15 oz can kidney beans

1 15 oz can black beans

1 15 oz can chili con carne (no beans)

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

8 strips bacon, cooked and drained and chopped

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

cheddar cheese (optional) for garnish


Brown ground beef and onions in a frying pan over medium heat. Drain oil and place beef and onion in a pot.

Add kidney beans, black beans, chili con carne,bacon, garlic, red pepper, chili powder and cumin. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.

Simmer 30 minutes.

Add tomatoes. If you like your chili a little thinner, you can add 3/4 cup water at this time. Simmer 15 additional minutes and serve.



I like to top each bowl with some shredded cheddar cheese before serving.











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  1. Bacon in chilli? Thats just brilliant, I bet my husband would adore this!

  2. I wish I hadn’t read this BEFORE dinner. Now nothing will be good enough!
    So excited to try it.
    I’m also excited to check out the bacon recipes I see above!

  3. I’m thinking anything with bacon is going to be good! :)! I’m not a big chili fan, but perhaps I could be persuaded with a bit of bacon!

  4. As long as you keep posting bacon recipes, I’ll keep reading. 😉

  5. This sounds fabulous. I’m planning on doing a roundup post at the end of the month and picking some of the recipes featuring bacon that are linked up on Merry Monday. I would love it if you came over and linked this one up.

  6. Oh yum! It’s almost chili time here – give or take about 6 weeks – and I’m going to be making this one for sure! Pinning!

  7. Oh, man! Another thing I never thought to put bacon in. And why the heck not?!! Brilliant, Raquel!

  8. Bacon makes everything better! My daughter would stage a riot if I changed my chili recipe, but my husband and I would definitely give this a try. I’m thinking it might be time for her to just cook her own food…

  9. Ohhh yeah… EVERYTHING is better with bacon! Perfect timing, too… it’s in the 40’s here in Wisconsin today!


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