Ingredients

1 lb. of ground beef, 4-5 strips of bacon, 1 green bell pepper, ½ small yellow onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 jalapeno pepper, 1 can of black beans, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 tbsp. of parsley, ½ of tsp. of salt, 1 tbsp. of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of ground cumin, ¼ tsp. of cayenne pepper, ¼ tsp. of black pepper, 1 beef bouillon cube, 1 cup of water, shredded cheese (optional)

Prep:

Brown the ground beef and add to your slow cooker.

Cook the bacon, chop and add to your slow cooker. Set the grease aside if you would like to add.

Chop the peppers, onion and garlic, add to your slow cooker with the diced tomatoes, beans, water, brown sugar and all spices.

If you would like to, add a little bacon grease for added flavor.

Stir and set on low if cooking for 6-8 hours, high for 4-6 hours.

Serve:

Once the chili has been cooked enough, usually about 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low it’s ready to eat!

Serve in a bowl with your favorite chili toppings. This chili goes great with shredded sharp cheddar cheese.    

DSC_0101Tips:

I always add some of the grease for flavor. The bacon mellows nicely with the brown sugar.

It’s best to brown the meat prior to cooking but if you need to save some time the ground beef can be added uncooked directly to the slow cooker. I’ve made this chili both ways and each time it comes out pretty similar.