Bacon Chili without Beans


I am not a fan of kidney beans, but I love chili and bacon. I tried switching out the beans with the bacon using my mom's chili recipe, and it was an instant hit with the family. After a couple years of tweaking the recipe to get it just right and taking it to chili cook-offs, here's what I came up with. Serve with your favorite chili mix-ins such as Cheddar cheese, Fritos®, etc. Hope you enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs 35 mins
10 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 (16 ounce) package thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes, drained

  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • ¾ cup beef stock

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

  • ¼ cup hot sauce (such as Frank's® RedHot®)

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Transfer beef to a slow cooker.

  2. Brown bacon in the same skillet, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Transfer bacon to the slow cooker and stir with beef.

  3. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef stock, onions, bell pepper, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic to the slow cooker; stir together with beef and bacon. Add chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, cumin, basil, paprika, and black pepper; stir again to make sure all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

  4. Cook on Low for 5 hours. Stir and continue to cook for 2 to 3 more hours.

Cook's Note:

If it looks too chunky at first, don't worry. It will get juicier the longer it cooks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

332 Calories
21g Fat
12g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 332
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 1438mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 29mg 145%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 708mg 15%

* 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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