basic chili recipe

It may come as a surprise to all of you but I actually do have a boyfriend and I live with him. This means a few things but mostly that I make dinner for two and generally try to make some good man food, you know? Enter this chili. It is delicious and uncomplicated. It is a serious crowd pleaser and is great for entertaining. You can even have a freaking chili party where everyone can “build their own bowl” with their favorite add-ons. How easy is that?

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This version is conveniently paleo. However, if you are really into beans you can add them. If you hate beef you can add turkey. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could add a pound of sausage. Basically what I’m saying is that this here chili is really, really adaptable. You’re welcome.

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CHILI – serves a bunch

8 oz (8 strips) of bacon
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 med red bell pepper
6 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/4 cup of chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 pounds 85% ground beef
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato puree
salt to taste

Fry the bacon in a dutch oven or stock pot until browned.  I do not pour off the oil since I spend a small fortune on our bacon but if you would like to, pour off all but 2 tablespoons of oil.


Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, oregano, and cayenne.  Cook stirring occasionally until veggies are softened and begin to brown.


Increase heat to med-high and add half of beef.  Cook, breaking up with a spoon until brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the rest of the beef and repeat.


Add the tomato and tomato puree.  Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.  Cover and stir occasionally for 1 hour.


Remove lid and simmer 1 hour longer.  Stir occasionally.  Adjust seasoning with salt to taste.