Bob's Little Known, Less Cared About Chili


Savory, smoky, easy-to-make chili. Sometimes I add a can of corn, too. Maybe have some sweet corn bread muffins with honey on the side. You could use black beans, pinto beans, pink beans, or small red beans in place of the kidney beans.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • ½ pound thick-cut bacon, chopped

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 3 (15.5 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 2 cups water

  • ¼ cup chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®), or to taste (Optional)


  1. Cook bacon and onion together in a large pot over medium heat until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef, garlic and cumin to the pot; cook and stir until the beef is completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes.

  2. Stir kidney beans, diced tomatoes, water, chili powder, liquid smoke, salt, black pepper, and hot pepper sauce into the beef mixture; bring to a simmer and cook until thick, about 1 hour. Skim excess grease if desired.

Cook's Note:

Use more or less water to thin or thicken chili.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

516 Calories
21g Fat
45g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 516
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 1102mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 17g 60%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 114mg 9%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 466mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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