Savory Maple Bacon Chili

"Discover the culinary masterpiece that redefines chili: a savory maple bacon concoction that marries unexpected flavors with traditional comfort. Set in a bustling kitchen, follow the chef's journey of creativity and experimentation as they infuse the bubbling pot with smoky bacon and the subtle sweetness of maple syrup. Experience the excitement as guests gather around, eager to taste the fusion of flavors that promises to tantalize their taste buds. This recipe challenges conventions, offering a unique twist on a beloved classic, inviting all who dare to indulge in a culinary adventure like no other. Are you ready to embark on"

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes

Paired With

Main Protein

Beef

Ingredients

IngredientQuantity
Ground Beef 1 lb, 6 slices, diced, 1, chopped, 3 cloves, minced, 1, diced, 1, diced, 1 can (15 oz) drained and rinsed, 1 can (15 oz) drained and rinsed, 1 can (15 oz), 1 can (6oz), 2 cups, 2 tbsp, 1 tbsp, 1 tsp, 1/4 cup, to taste
Bacon
Onion
Garlic
Red Bell Pepper
Green Bell Pepper
Kidney Beans
Black Beans
Diced Tomatoes
Tomato Paste
Beef Broth
Chili Powder
Cumin
Smoked Paprika
Maple Syrup
Salt and Pepper

Directions

Savory Maple Bacon Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, diced avocado

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the diced bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the bacon grease in the pot.

  2. Add the ground beef to the pot and cook until browned, breaking it apart with a spoon as it cooks.

  3. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, and diced bell peppers to the pot. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, and cook for another 2 minutes until fragrant.

  5. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, kidney beans, black beans, and beef broth to the pot. Stir to combine.

  6. Bring the chili to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer uncovered for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the flavors have melded together and the chili has thickened to your desired consistency.

  7. Stir in the maple syrup and cooked bacon, and let the chili simmer for another 5 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.

  8. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

  9. Serve the chili hot, garnished with your choice of toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, or diced avocado.

Wine Pairing:

This savory maple bacon chili pairs beautifully with a medium-bodied red wine such as Black Box Merlot. The slight sweetness from the maple syrup complements the fruity notes in the wine, while the smoky bacon and spices enhance its complexity.