Classic Chili with Bacon Up®

Author Monica


  • Large pot


  • 2 Tbsp Bacon Up® Bacon Grease
  • 2 medium Onions chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 3 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cans Kidney Beans
  • 2 14-oz cans Tomatoes crushed or diced, depending on how smooth or chunky you prefer it
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 lb Ground Beef OR Ground Turkey browned thoroughly
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese OPTIONAL
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream OPTIONAL
  • Fresh Parsley OR Cilantro, chopped OPTIONAL


  • Melt the Bacon Up in a large pot.
  • Add chopped onions and green pepper, stirring until softened -- 5-7minutes. 
  • Add minced garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder.  Stir for another minute. 
  • Add in beans, tomatoes, water, and browned ground beef or turkey.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened -- 35-45 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed. Add more salt, to taste, if desired.
  • Garnish, if desired, with sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh parsley or cilantro.
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