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.

Bob

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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

516 calories; protein 37.4g 75% DV; carbohydrates 44.7g 14% DV; fat 21.2g 33% DV; cholesterol 82.5mg 28% DV; sodium 1102.3mg 44% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2016
2-22-2016 Know what Hubs said with one thumb up the other holding onto his spoon and his mouth full of chili? Best chili I ve ever had! I want you to make it again exactly the same way. This is real kudos to Bob (and to me too since I tinkered with the recipe a little). What caught my eye about this recipe were the additions of bacon and liquid smoke neither of which I ve ever used and both of which took this recipe to the Chili Hall of Fame in our book (and let it be known I am not a huge fan of chili). Because of Hubs sensitive innards I had to cut back some on the chili powder but this chili is so packed with flavor that caused no harm. Just as I had hoped the bacon and liquid smoke gave it a flavor distinction from other chili with subtle smokiness that made this unusually delicious. Still while I m sure it was good stuff as is in our book my tweaks took this from good to great. Along with the onions I also added chopped green pepper and celery because we love both it in our chili. I also used half kidney beans and half chili beans. And I have to be honest; I don t know why water was called for. Water has no flavor! I used my own tomato sauce from my garden instead. So I essentially used half fire-roasted tomatoes and half tomato sauce no water. This is an excellent recipe that I m sure Bob has no problems with anyone tweaking. I m sure I ve not heard the end of this from Hubs; and that s a GOOD thing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2015
Bob's Little Known Less Cared About Chili Haiku: "This should've been great, but there was too much cumin. I will make again!" Bob's chili was pretty good, but 1 TB of cumin (and we really like cumin!) was just the dominant flavor here. Put some Fritos and cheese on top, along with extra Chipotle Tabasco, but the cumin was still all we could taste. A chili that next time around will be 5 stars for us, I'm sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2016
2-22-2016 Know what Hubs said with one thumb up the other holding onto his spoon and his mouth full of chili? Best chili I ve ever had! I want you to make it again exactly the same way. This is real kudos to Bob (and to me too since I tinkered with the recipe a little). What caught my eye about this recipe were the additions of bacon and liquid smoke neither of which I ve ever used and both of which took this recipe to the Chili Hall of Fame in our book (and let it be known I am not a huge fan of chili). Because of Hubs sensitive innards I had to cut back some on the chili powder but this chili is so packed with flavor that caused no harm. Just as I had hoped the bacon and liquid smoke gave it a flavor distinction from other chili with subtle smokiness that made this unusually delicious. Still while I m sure it was good stuff as is in our book my tweaks took this from good to great. Along with the onions I also added chopped green pepper and celery because we love both it in our chili. I also used half kidney beans and half chili beans. And I have to be honest; I don t know why water was called for. Water has no flavor! I used my own tomato sauce from my garden instead. So I essentially used half fire-roasted tomatoes and half tomato sauce no water. This is an excellent recipe that I m sure Bob has no problems with anyone tweaking. I m sure I ve not heard the end of this from Hubs; and that s a GOOD thing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2015
Bob's Little Known Less Cared About Chili Haiku: "This should've been great, but there was too much cumin. I will make again!" Bob's chili was pretty good, but 1 TB of cumin (and we really like cumin!) was just the dominant flavor here. Put some Fritos and cheese on top, along with extra Chipotle Tabasco, but the cumin was still all we could taste. A chili that next time around will be 5 stars for us, I'm sure. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2018
This was fantastic! My husband has said at least a dozen times how delicious it was. My picky kids went back for seconds. Easy and satisfying. I used an entire package of thick cut bacon since my family loves it so, and 2 lbs. ground beef because I had two 1 lb packages and didn't want to leave a half pound behind to figure out what to do with. Remaining ingredients exactly as written. I cooked the bacon/onion in a skillet first & drained then cooked the ground beef & drained then added both to slow cooker along with remaining ingredients . Served with sour cream, shredded cheese and corn chips. This will be my new go-to chili recipe going forward. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2018
I don’t write many recipe reviews, but I must say this chili is amazing! I’ve tried many chili recipes in the past, but those days are over! This is the only one I need in the future. I made a couple of minor changes, cutting the cumin amount in half and using smoked paprika instead of liquid smoke. Oh, and beef broth for the liquid. I think the bacon and fire roasted tomatoes took this to genius level, and hubby and I both about popped our buttons on extra helpings. We’ll be having this often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2018
I've made this twice now. The first time, I followed the recipe exaclty, and it's simply the BEST chili I've ever tasted. I used Old El Paso Chilli Powder (the only chili seasoning you can easily get here in Australia) and it was great. The second time I made it, I was drinking a Guinness and substituted two cups of that instead of water. WOW! It took the flavor to the next level. Sour cream is the ultimate garnish for this fine dish. It's a WINNER! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2016
We've made this twice once following the instructions completely and once skipping the bacon and liquid smoke. I'm in the minority who prefers it without the bacon/smoke flavour but my bacon-loving family prefers it the first way! Without the bacon this is exactly the kind of simple clean chili that packs warmth without too much heat and totally fantastic flavour. I usually add sweet pepper and corn to chili but this one is so perfect that I tend to add those on the side. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2017
5 stars, for those of you who like to tinker with a recipe and then grade it, don't. Cook it as written and you will not be disappointed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2018
It was the best chili I ever made. I followed the recipe close enough but not exactly. I added a short tablespoon of cayenne pepper instead of hot sauce and garlic powder instead of cloves. I used dry beans and precooked them in a slow cooker, added the rest and pressure cooked it for 8 minutes on high. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2017
This is the first time I have made a Chili I LOVED I never order it out I am always disappointed. I followed another readers suggestion and subbed the water for bottled Guinness. I was a little short of bacon So I added some chorizo OMG cant wait to make this again. It took a little nearer to 2 hours to really come together as I like my chili "Fork Friendly" Read More
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