Smokey Bacon Chili {bean-free} by Our Paleo Life
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Smokey Bacon Chili {bean-free}

This is our family's favorite chili, and not just because it has bacon in it. It's not too spicy for the kids but still has enough spice and flavor for the adults. It's so hearty and tastes so good, you won't even notice there are no beans in it.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Calories: 534kcal
Author: Kendra Benson


  • 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).