Award-Winning Chili


This award-winning chili recipe took 2nd place at our local cook-off! Bet you can't eat just one bowl. If it is too thick, add water, 1/4 cup at a time, until you reach desired consistency. This chili tastes even better the next day.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 carrot, sliced

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • cup bottled steak sauce

  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

  • 5 slices bacon

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package chili seasoning mix

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Combine tomatoes, onion, celery, carrot, tomato paste, steak sauce, bell peppers, wine, and red pepper flakes in a large pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.

  2. While tomato mixture simmers, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels.

  3. Cook and stir beef in bacon drippings over medium-high heat until brown and crumbly; drain. Stir in chili seasoning.

  4. Stir seasoned beef, bacon, and cumin into tomato mixture. Continue to simmer until vegetables are tender and flavors are well blended.

  5. Stir in beans, cilantro, and parsley. Continue cooking until beans are heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
22g Fat
23g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 1169mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 671mg 14%

* 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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