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Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

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.

su – Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson



 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
Step 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

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

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

Step 4

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Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Step 6


Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 465Calories from Fat 62
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g50%

Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 94mg32%
Sodium 1078mg45%
Total Carbohydrate 19g7%

Dietary Fiber 4.3g18%
Protein 26g52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.