cook-off chili

4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 carrots minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 28 ounces fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 28 ounces black beans rinsed + drained
  • 4 cups beef broth

TOPPINGS

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • red onion
  • fresh cilantro
  • tortilla chips

Instructions

  • In a large Dutch oven over medium high heat, fry 6 slices of chopped bacon until crispy. Transfer to paper towel lined plate. Pour off all but 1-2 tablespoons of bacon grease for sautéing.
  • Add ½ chopped onion, 4 cloves minced garlic, 2 cups minced carrots, and 1 minced jalapeno. Sauté until soft and fragrant.
  • Add 1 lb. ground beef, 3 tablespoons chili powder, 2 tablespoons cumin, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Saute until no longer pink.
  • Add 1/4 cup tomato paste. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1 can tomatoes, 2 cans beans, 4 cups broth, and the crisped bacon. Bring to a low simmer. Cover it and continue cooking over low heat for at least 30 minutes, but ideally for a few hours. As it thickens, feel free to add more water or broth to thin it out to desired consistency.
  • Finish with all your favorite toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, red onion, cilantro and tortilla chips.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

  • Serve with corn bread for dipping or spooned over baked potatoes.

SWAP SUGGESTIONS

  • Protein: Swap ground beef for ground bison.
  • Beans: Swap black beans for pinto beans.
  • Broth: Swap beef broth for chicken broth.

WEEKEND PREP / MAKE AHEAD

  • Chop onions, garlic, and carrots and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1193mg | Potassium: 1578mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 8515IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 9mg