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
- 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!