Chili with Rice and Barley

My husband and I put this together and mixed some long time standbys and some new ideas, and it was fabulous. It was the most amazing chili we have ever made and we are chili lovers. And it will freeze fabulously. Please give it a try!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
14 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • ½ (16 ounce) package bacon, diced

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes, divided, or to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika

  • salt and ground ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 ½ (29 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 2 ½ (29 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (29 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup barley

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice


  1. Combine ground beef, bacon, and onion in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add chili powder, garlic, sugar, 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly and onions are translucent, about 2 more minutes.

  2. Add tomato sauce, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, barley, white rice, and remaining red pepper flakes. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring periodically and tasting to adjust seasonings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

522 Calories
15g Fat
71g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 522
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 1510mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 18g 64%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 20mg 99%
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 943mg 20%

* 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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