Chili recipes are like opinions – everyone has one. The key is to find something you like, and personalize it and make it your own. I’ve been a fan of chili for ages, but finally started trying to make it about a year and a half ago, when I got a crock-pot as a gift. After several tries, I came up with the recipe below. I hope you enjoy it!
4 QT Crock-Pot
1/2 lb. bacon
1 beer (I used Harpoon IPA, but any strong, hoppy beer should work)
1 large onion (chopped)
2 large green peppers (chopped)
29 ounce can of tomato puree
8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 lb of stew meat or steak, cubed small
1 lb of ground beef
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbs chili powder
2 tsps cuman
2 tsps red pepper
2 tsps black pepper
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped and seeded
dash of salt
Fry the bacon extra crispy and set aside to cool. Once cool, crush into bits. Set aside.
Fry up the hamburger, with half of the peppers, onions, and garlic. Drain off extra grease.
Fry up cubed steak with the other half of the peppers, onions, and garlic.
Pour all of the ingredients into a 4 Qt. crock-pot, and simmer all day. This recipe fills the 4 qt crock right up to the brim.
Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, or straight up.
Adjust seasoning to taste. Prepared as described above, the recipe has a nice heat, but isn’t painfully spicy.