About a month ago, I signed up to bring chili to our church’s Pinewood Derby and Chili Cook-Off activity. The derby was for everyone, not just the scouts, so I took that opportunity and got all Pinterest-y and found lots of tips to make a super fast derby car with my oldest daughter. I was bound and determined to beat my husband and son.
The day of the activity came up really fast and we were all painting cars and adding graphite to the wheels up until it was time to leave. About an hour before we had to leave the house, while I was getting ready, Rob asked me “Aren’t you making chili?”.
I had completely spaced on that and had absolutely nothing done. Nothing. So I enlisted the help of my father-in-law who was visiting at the time (thank goodness for that man dropping anything to help me out, I struck gold in the “in-law department”), and we got to cooking. While I was racing around (pun absolutely not intended) trying to figure out what ingredients I needed, he was busily chopping onions and peppers and browning ground beef.
The thing about the chili cook-off is that there was a trophy involved, and it was a trophy I wanted. A gold hulk-like figure ripping off his shirt with a “V” for victory on his chest. Just hilarious. But I knew deep down that my last minute attempts to throw together a chili would not be trophy-worthy.
We managed to make a really great chili, I was actually surprised at how good it turned out. But sadly, I did not come home with a trophy. So I set out to make a few adjustments to that initial attempt and got the flavor fine-tuned. Now I just need another Chili Cook-Off to attend…
- 1 lb Uncured Bacon, no added sugar for Whole30, diced
- 1 Bell Pepper, any color, diced
- 1 Yellow Onion, diced
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 6 stalks Celery, diced
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans Diced Tomatoes
- 1 (6 oz) can Tomato Paste
- 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 2 tsp Dried Parsley
- 1 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Ancho Chile Powder
- 1/2 tsp Chipotle Pepper Powder
- In a large stockpot, add the diced bacon and cook over medium heat until fully cooked and crispy, stirring occasionally to keep them from burning. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
- In the same pot, in the bacon grease, add the diced peppers, onions, celery, and minced garlic. Saute until crisp tender and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove vegetables and set aside.
- Add ground beef to the same pot and brown completely, breaking up into crumbles with the back of a wooden spoon.
- When the beef is completely cooked, add the vegetables, bacon, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and all spices to the pot. Stir to mix everything evenly and reduce heat to low.
- Cover pot and let simmer for 30 minutes.
- Serve hot with Paleo Cornbread (unless you're on a Whole30, then just eat it plain).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 534Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 15gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1081mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 23g