Savory Sunday Crockpot Chili

This chili recipe is perfect for Sunday (or Saturday).  One of its powerhouse ingredients is BACON (’nuff said), so you can fix a batch of bacon in the morning to go with your breakfast or brunch, and throw the rest in the crockpot with the chili.  Let me guess…I had you at bacon, right? 🙂

I have to give my husband credit for this one.  I started cooking up this chili years ago, but I didn’t use a crockpot- just a saucepan.  Over time, he kind of took over and transformed it into a crockpot dish and added some ingredients.  It’s smoky, sweet, spicy, and savory, all of which make for a home filled with a tantalizing and tempting aroma.  And an even tastier dinner!

Here is what you’ll need:

Bacon- Raw
Use half the pack for the chili and cook the other half for breakfast. 🙂
Bacon Chili Ingredients
Not pictured: Olive oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper, beef
  • 1-1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 8-9 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 med. yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (I put that $#!* on everything!)
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • salt and peper to taste
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 15.5 oz cans dark red kidney beans (We use reduced sodium.)
  • Parsley flakes for topping
  • Optional: shredded cheddar cheese for topping
  • Optional: sour cream for topping
  • Optional: saltines or corn chips for topping/dipping

 

Here is our favorite method for cooking the bacon:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place strips of bacon on a cookie cooling rack that is sitting on top of a baking pan, so that the grease drips into the pan.  This is a great way to eliminate fat from the dish.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes or until desired crispiness is reached.

Bacon- Cooked

 

Onto the chili:

1.   Caramelize the onions in skillet over low-med. heat.  Add the garlic halfway through to prevent it from burning.

Bacon Chili OandG
All ready for the crockpot!

2.   Transfer onions and garlic to the crockpot.Bacon Chili- OandG in Crockpot

3.   Brown beef in skillet over med. heat.

Bacon Chili Beef

4.   Transfer beef to crockpot, and add all of the other ingredients EXCEPT the parsley and optional items.

Bacon Chili- Ready to stir

5.   Mix it all up!  Then cover and cook on low for 4-8 hours.  We have eaten it after only 4 hours of cooking and it was delicious, but we usually let it go longer.

6.   Spoon the chili into bowls and top with parsley and your desired fixings.  ENJOY!?

Hurry and get to the store so you can make your Sunday the best it has ever been.  Everything is better with bacon!  Oh, and Monday?  That will be better, too, since you will most likely have leftovers.

That’s what’s up this weekend.  Did you guys cook up any appetizing recipes this weekend?  Let me know, and don’t forget to follow me on on Instagram @thatswhatsupblogger and FB and Twitter (see icons in sidebar) for sneak peaks and other tidbits!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

~J

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