Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson

 

 

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

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

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Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

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Ingredients

 2 slices thick-cut bacon, finely chopped
 1 large onion, finely chopped
 1 large garlic clove, minced
 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet smoked Spanish paprika (pimentón dulce)*
 1/2 teaspoon to 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  About 1 tsp. salt
 1 can (14.5 oz.) crushed fire-roasted tomatoes or regular crushed tomatoes
 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
 1 cup flavorful, medium-bodied beer, such as Anchor Steam
 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
 1 can (14.5 oz.) pinto beans, drained
  Sour cream, sliced green onions, and/or coarsely shredded cheddar cheese for topping

Directions

Step 1
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
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
3

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

Step 4
4

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

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Step 6
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Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili