Smokey Crockpot Chilli



Mmm bacon.

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!


Hello, beautiful.


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



  1. Cook the ground meat in a skillet until browned. Let the grease drain by placing the meat on a paper towel lined plate.
  2. 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
  3. Chop the onions and jalapeños and place in the crockpot.
  4. Drain the beans and rotel and add to the crockpot.
  5. Add all of your seasonings, tomato sauce, bacon with grease, ground meat, and chicken broth and stir.
  6. 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.
  7. Serve hot and garnish with shredded cheese, bacon, or whatever you like!







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