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Best Beef Chili

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 - 10 servings 1x


A classic recipe for Beef Chili, loaded with beans, spices and loads of delicious flavour!  The addition of bacon makes this chili especially tasty! Serve with cornbread, buns, rice or over a baked potato.  SO delicious.


  • 8 slices of cooked bacon (chopped)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green or red pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 15.5 oz can tomato paste
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups red wine (or use beef broth)
  • 228 oz cans whole tomatoes
  • 214 oz cans beans (kidney beans, chick peas, or brown beans, or corn)


  1. Brown the ground beef with the chopped onion, peppers and garlic.
  2. Add the bacon and cook. Drain off the fat, if necessary.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, sugar, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Cook and stir continually for 1 minute.
  4. Add the wine (or broth), tomatoes and beans.
  5. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer covered for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  6. After 1 hour, remove the lid and cook for 30 more minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove the bay leaves and serve!

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