Bacon Sausage Chili

Recipe for Easy Bacon Sausage Chili
Becky Luigart-Stayner


3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, shredded
1 bell pepper, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 pound bacon sausage
1 jalapeño, stem removed, seeded, and finely diced
3 to 4 tablespoons masa (corn flour)
2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
1 to 2 tablespoons paprika
1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
sriracha sauce, to taste
1/2 cup strong coffee
1 pip chocolate (from a Hershey bar)
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 ounces) light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini (white) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained
1 to 2 cups beef broth or water
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, carrots, and bell peppers and cook until fragrant, or just translucent. Add beef and sausage and cook until browned. Add jalapeño, masa, chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and sriracha sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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Nice recipe

That looks like a good chili recipe. Simple, and all the ingredients are basic pantry items for anyone who cooks regularly (except for the bacon sausage, of course). I might leave out a lot of the hotter ingredients -- I'd likely substitute Poblano chilies for the Jalapeños, and use no more than an 1/8 tsp. of cayenne, leaving out the sriracha altogether. Personal preference, though. No disrespect to the recipe. Farmland and Big Fork seem to be the main commercial sources for bacon sausage, but if you know a butcher who makes sausages, they might have it -- or might make it for you. Or, if you can't find any and still want to get some bacon flavor, you could substitute bacon drippings for the olive oil. Or just add some chopped/minced pork jowl or bacon to the chili. I don't normally tinker with recipes until I've actually followed it exactly at least once, but already know I can't do super hot and enjoy it, while bacon sausage is kind of a specialty item. Anyway, thanks for posting.


Why do NEW recipes have 150 ingredients? I mean, a 1/2 spoon of 10 different "spices" (and some I could care less about) and things not normally kept at home all the time. For a new recipe, you have to spend $20.00 on spices to find out you don't like half of them. haha And WHAT IS A "1 PIP OF CHOCOLATE" anyway?

bacon sausage chili recipe

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Hi, Mel. At some stores you can buy spices in bulk form, which means you can get as little (even just ½ teaspoon) or as much as you need. You measure them out into a bag instead of buying an entire jar/container. We’d recommend a local health food store for this type of buying experience. And here is a bit of trivia for your day: Hershey bars are sectioned into small rectangles called “pips.”

Bacon sausage

I've never heard of bacon sausage. Where do you find this as I have never seen it in the store. Does it go by another name?

Bacon Sausage

My question is the same as Ms. Russell's, and I notice there is no response. Never heard of it, or seen it in a store. I can't even find it online. A response would be fantastic.

Bacon sausage

I found it at Walmart grocery stores made by Farmland in 1-lb tubes like other breakfast sausage.

bacon sausage

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We’d recommend checking a local butcher shop as it is a specialty sausage. If you can not find bacon sausage in your area, you can substitute any sausage you like.