recipe:: chili for an extra chilly day

Craig and our friend Hunter found this chili recipe years ago and have since perfected it to be meat-filled and oh-so-delicious, so I thought it would be perfect to share on this extra cold day!


White or Yellow Onion (1)

Bacon (12 oz.)

Lean Ground Beef (approx 1.25 lbs)

Italian Sausage (1 lb)

Diced Tomatoes (32 oz.)

Pinto Beans (16 oz.)

Great White Beans (16 oz.)

Kidney Beans (16 oz.)

Beer (2)

Chili Powder (6 tbsp)

Garlic (6-12 cloves)

Cumin (2 tbsp)

Black Pepper (1 tbsp)


Dice and cook bacon in large skillet.  Remove and place in a large pot or crockpot.  Leave grease.

Dice onion and cook with ground beef, sausage, and garlic in the bacon grease. Add 1 beer about half-way through cooking.

Remove to large pot or crockpot.

Add diced tomatoes, beans, spices, and 1 beer to crockpot.

Cook on low for several hours.

Voila! All done. Best chili ever.

Here’s the finished product! I love this bowl…. we had them as kids and ate our cereal out of them many mornings before school. And although the idea of chili for breakfast seems a little gross, I still think it’s cute. We made cornbread in a cast iron skillet for this meal, but my favorite side is a nice, hot grilled cheese… oh, and Fritos on top! mmm!

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