- 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 can chili style beans or kidney beans – partially drained
- 1 T chili powder
- 1 t. cumin
- 1 t dried oregano
- 1 t Hungarian paprika
- Salt and pepper
- 1 bottle of beer
- 1 5.5 oz can tomato paste
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 medium carrots, sliced
- 1 t granulates sugar
- 2 packs of bacon (As needed to line your baking container)
- 1½ lbs ground beef
- Prep veggies by slicing them into bite-size portions.
- In a large pot over medium heat, add in the ground beef. Cook for 5 minutes and then add onions and carrots.Remove excess fat. Continue cooking until meat is browned. Add in the garlic and cook for a few more minutes.
- Stir in the seasonings and let them toast then add salt and pepper. Stir in tomato paste and cook for a few more minutes. Add in the beer, tomatoes, and beans. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 30 minutes. Add peppers and sugar. Taste for seasoning. Cook for another 30-45 minutes, or until veggies are tender-crisp.
- NOTE If you want to make this in a crockpot: brown your meat, onions, and garlic in a large pan. Add all the ingredients except for the bacon to your slow cooker and cook on low heat for about 8 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Prepare your cast iron dutch oven by layering the bacon slices around the inside of the pan, overlapping slightly. You want to leave enough overhang so when you fold back the bacon, it covers the top nicely. The amount of bacon slices depends on the size of your dutch oven.
- Pour the chili into the bacon wrapped pot and then bring the overhanging slices of bacon over the top to cover the chili (almost like the chili is sitting in a giant bacon cup now.)
- Place pan into the oven, uncovered, and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until your bacon reaches desired crispiness. Allow to cool slightly and dig in!
- NOTE: bacon will add salt to your chili, salt lightly when you season your chili. The beer adds quite a bit of liquid to this dish.
This may not be the kind of thing you eat often — but if you’re really hungry for chili and want something different the instant heart attack might be worth it. 🙂