Smoky Beef & Bacon Chili

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

Recipe: #31194

December 25, 2018

"This is out of the January 2014 Sunset magazine. It's one of the top 25 all time favorite Test Kitchen recipes. It's even better the next day and freezes well."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (360.6 g)
  • Calories 421.2
  • Total Fat - 23.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 111.3 mg
  • Sodium - 898.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 14.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.3 g
  • Sugars - 6.7 g
  • Protein - 36.2 g
  • Calcium - 67.2 mg
  • Iron - 5.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 22.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

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 beef; break up with a spoon and cook, stirring gently, until it loses its raw color, 7 minutes. Stir in spices and 1 teaspoon salt and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beer, and Worcestershire; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, partly cover, and cook 30 minutes.

Step 3

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

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

Tags : Chili


Daily Inspiration

Made this delicious chili yesterday for super bowl and it was a great addition to our feast. I couldn't find crushed tomatoes so used petite diced tomatoes instead. Might consider a little less paprika next time.

(3 Feb 2020)


We really enjoyed this chili. Lots of great flavors without being really spicy. We decided we would like this better with regular paprika instead of smoked paprika.

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(1 Feb 2020)


Delicious! I doubled the recipe to take to a potluck. Loved the addition of beer and the smoked paprika really added a lot of flavor. I subbed ground turkey for the ground beef.

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(2 Nov 2019)