I wish I could say that’s all and just let y’all drool over these photos, but if the images of this incredible chili isn’t enough, I’ll hype it up for you.
I followed a basic recipe for the foundation of this chili, but in true Alisha fashion, I added about 10 more ingredients. I like to improvise, ya’ll, and everyone who got to try this agrees – they are glad that I do.
I added two medium sized jalapeños. I deseeded one, and left the seeds in the other. These peppers combined with chili powder, cheyenne pepper, and Siracha left my nose running more than Usain Bolt. I wanted to add something to take off some of the heat… so I poured in about 1/2 cup of maple syrup which gave it the perfect sweet aftertaste. Mixed with the applewood smoked bacon, the maple syrup was the perfect touch.
I wanted a blend of onions for this chili, so I used 1 red and 1 white. I also used two different kinds of beans, red and black!
Before cooking in the crockpot!
“Is this real life?” Why yes, yes it is.
- 1 lb ground sirloin (or venison, turkey, or beef)
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 white onion (medium), chopped
- 2 jalapeños, chopped (deseeded or not, totally up to you!)
- 1 can of rotel
- 2 8oz cans of tomato sauce
- 3-4 Tbsp cumin
- 2-3 Tbsp of chili powder
- 6 strips of applewood smoked bacon (coarsely chopped, save the grease)
- 2 tsp salt
- 3 tsp ground white pepper (or black pepper)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 can kidney beans (drained)
- 1 can black beans (drained)
- 1 cup chicken broth (or water)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Cook the ground meat in a skillet until browned. Let the grease drain by placing the meat on a paper towel lined plate.
- Cook the bacon in the same skillet and save the grease. I added bacon grease to this chili recipe because I was not making a healthy recipe, I was making a hearty recipe! Place the bacon on a cutting board and let cool before chopping into coarse pieces. Set a sprinkle of bacon aside for garnish
- Chop the onions and jalapeños and place in the crockpot.
- Drain the beans and rotel and add to the crockpot.
- Add all of your seasonings, tomato sauce, bacon with grease, ground meat, and chicken broth and stir.
- Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-6 hours, stirring halfway. When the chili is done cooking add the maple syrup and stir will.
- Serve hot and garnish with shredded cheese, bacon, or whatever you like!