Hearty Bacon, Beef, and Beer Chili

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Hearty Bacon Beef and Beer Chili from Holley Grainger

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Hearty Bacon, Beef, and Beer Chili

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Yield: 10-12 cups 1x


  • 2 slices bacon (chopped)
  • 1 sweet onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 pound lean ground sausage
  • 1 can beer (12-ounce)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28-ounce)
  • 1 can light red kidney beans (rinsed and drained, 15-ounce)
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans (rinsed and drained, 15-ounce)
  • Toppings: shredded cheese (chopped bacon, chopped cilantro, plain Greek yogurt, avocado slices, lime juice)


  1. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes or until fat has rendered and bacon is crispy.
  2. Add onion and sauté 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef and sausage. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until browned making sure to crumble as it cooks.
  5. Stir in beer, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, and cumin. Reduce heat to medium-low, bring mixture to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in tomatoes, cover, and simmer 15 minutes or until mixture thickens and tomatoes are tender. A
  7. dd beans and cook, covered, for 10 minutes or until beans are heated through.
  8. Top with desired toppings and serve.