A yummy chili recipe is a classic family dish. When the aroma of chili cooking slowly throughout the day fills the home, you can hardly wait for dinner. May Featured Chef Mandy Pagano shared her Slow Cooker Beef and Bacon Chili recipe. Not only are you getting a delicious classic chili, Mandy’s recipe calls for bacon that adds a layer of satisfaction to this dish.
“This is a delicious and fairly easy to assemble dish that is always a family pleaser. Super flavorful without being super spicy, and the bacon adds not only a really nice taste, but also that little bit of bite beanless chili is usually missing.
I love making this on days when I have a lot going on and not a lot of time to cook. And with the seasons changing, there is nothing more comforting than coming home to a steaming bowl of delicious chili.”
Slow Cooker Beef and Bacon Chili
Recipe By: Mandy Pagano, Ketovangelist Kitchen
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 4 Hours
- 1 lb (16 oz/ 464 g) bacon, chopped into small pieces
- 2 lb (32 oz/ 907 g) ground beef, 75/25
- 1 large can (28 oz/ 794 g) crushed tomatoes
- 1 medium (approx. 3.9 oz/ 110 g) yellow onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 c (8 of oz/ 237 ml) beef broth
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- In a large skillet, begin cooking bacon pieces over medium-high heat.
- When the bacon is about halfway done, add the ground beef to the skillet and continue to cook, stirring to break the beef up, until the beef is completely cooked through.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked meats to your slow cooker, discard any liquid left in the pan.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir very well to distribute all the seasonings.
- Put the lid on and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Serve hot, garnished with cheddar and sliced scallions (as shown), or as desired.
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Mandy Pagano is a recovering food addict. As a no-nonsense wife, and home-educating mother of two, her passions in life are reading, music, and teaching her children. She has a life-long love of cooking, and is a self-taught home chef. Mandy’s favorite cuisine is Southern-style, but she’s also got a taste for spice, so Tex-Mex and Cajun/Creole dishes are frequently found on her table. Mandy is the co-host of the popular food blog Ketovangelist Kitchen. Visit Ketovangelist Kitchen to learn more about Mandy.