Quick beef chili

Beef chili is one of those meals that you think needs to simmer all day. But it doesn’t have to; in fact, this has become one of our standards that can be made in about an hour, and keeps on giving all week.

The recipe is based, originally on a Smokey Beef and Bacon Chili recipe from Sunset Magazine. Over the years, we’ve tweaked it to make it a bit easier and tastier.

Beef Chili Recipe

Quick beef chili

A beef chili recipe that's simple, quick, and filling. Great for a crowd, with rich flavors of bacon, beef and spices. Not very hot, but it's simple to increase the spiciness
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: moose


  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic diced
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1.5 Tbls chili powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 can 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 14.5 oz tomato sauce
  • 12 oz dark beer
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can 14.5 oz black beans
  • 1 can 14.5 oz kidney beans
  • 1 can 14.5 oz pinto beans


  • Saute the bacon for a few minutes until it starts to brown a bit (5 min), then add onion and cook another 5 minutes or until it start to get translucent. Toss in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add the ground beef and brown it for about 5 minutes. Add spices and stir for a minute. Add tomatoes, sauce, beer, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Drain and rise the beans and add, then simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve with rice, cheese, sour cream, all the usual fixings. Feel free to add more spice, since this isn't very hot.

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