Hearty Beef Chili with Beans

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Yesterday was a slushy, snowy day and the perfect day to make chili!  Here is a look at Mike’s basic recipe for beef chili.  He likes it with black beans so that is our bean of choice – we also add bacon for flavor and I make him add carrots because I love them!  Enjoy, and be sure to season to taste.


  • 6 slices center cut bacon (or 3 normal slices)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, diced
  • 3/4 cup carrot, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • salt and pepper, to tastetaste
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 jar tomato sauce (we used marinara)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • hot sauce, to taste

Heart Beef Chili with Beans - HappyWifey.net


  • In a large pot, cook bacon until crispy on medium-low heat.  We use a lid so that the grease doesn’t splatter everywhere.
  • Remove bacon to a cutting board or plate and dice (you’ll add it back later).
  • Brown onions in the bacon fat, adding in the apple cider vinegar to deglaze the pan.
  • Add peppers, garlic, and carrot.  Stir to combine and cook until veggies are a bit soft.
  • Throw in your ground beef and brown it up!
  • Add in your spices – you can add a bit of salt and pepper now but can also add more later to taste.
  • Add paste, sauce, beans, worcestershire sauce, and bacon.
  • Finally, add some hot sauce if you like and simmer on low heat for 1-2 hours to let the flavors come together.

There are tons of ways to eat it!  In a bowl topped with jack cheese and sour cream, or on top of hot dogs with cheese if you’re feeling super crazy.  Sometimes we add celery, extra tomatoes, jalapeño – whatever we have on hand.  Have fun!

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