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Bacon Cider Chili

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"The best chili you will ever taste. Perfect for a fall day of football-watchin' fun! Garnish servings with sour cream, scallions, and Manchego cheese."
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1 h 12 m servings 343
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Place bacon in a large pot over medium-high heat; cook until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add onion; reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef to the pot; cook and stir until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper; cook for 1 minute.
  3. Pour diced tomatoes, apple cider, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce into the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until flavors combine, about 30 minutes.
  4. Stir pinto beans into the pot. Simmer, uncovered, until beans are heated through, about 10 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Smoked Spanish paprika and fire-roasted crushed tomatoes can be found in most good specialty or gourmet food stores.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 343 calories; 15.9 18.3 27.1 83 896 Full nutrition

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This may be the best chili I've ever eaten. The cider and tomato add a brightness and flavor that really compliments the bacon. We did use kielbasa to replace half the ground beef and it worked ...

This is an amazing chili recipe. A+++