Award Winning Chili Con Carne | Easy comfort food that is perfect for a crowd #chili #superbowl

You guys, I mean, I don’t want to brag or anything but I am kind of a big deal when it comes to chili. For the last three years running I’ve been crowned the Chili Champ at my local chili contest. And it’s all thanks to this chunky version of chili con carne.

Now, you purists will complain because there are beans in this chili con carne (gasp! the horror!) but if you’re trying to feed a room full of hungry peeps, you gotta fill things out somehow without breaking the bank.
Also, “Chunky Chili with Beans” just doesn’t have the same ring as “Award Winning Chili Con Carne”, you know?
Award Winning Chili Con Carne | Easy comfort food that is perfect for a crowd #chili #superbowl


Moving on. This chili is like the chili that all dreams are made of. Tender chuck roast simmered in a freakishly comforting spicy broth topped with creamy avocado, Greek yogurt, and bacon. Lots of bacon. It just has to be done. And I would sure support you if you wanted to throw a few handfuls of Fritos on top of this gorgeous mess. Oh, and what about some Gorgonzola? Too much?
Salty, spicy, with the slightest hint of sweet, this chili has it all going on and then some. You barely have to do a thing, except toss some spices together and sear the meat. Your stove (or slow cooker) can do the rest. And that’s how it’s done. Your Super Bowl Sunday will thank me. I promise.
Your Reigning Chili Champ signing off.
P.S. Have you ever won a fun contest? 
This chili contest is the only thing I have ever won, except for that portable radio I won at my high school senior party. Kind of by mistake. You can tell that I was pretty cool in HS.

Award Winning Chili Con Carne | Easy comfort food that is perfect for a crowd #chili #superbowl

Adapted from Just A Taste


  • 4 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into small chunks
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I promise you’ll like this)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes, plus liquid
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 (15 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can small red beans (aka, chili beans, without chili sauce), rinsed and drained
  • crumbled bacon
  • diced avocado
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • green onions
  • cheddar cheese
  • Fritos (you know you want to)
  • hunk of  Cheesy Skillet Cornbread
Season the cubed meat with salt and pepper. In a cast iron pan or other heavy bottom pan, sear the meat for a minute or so on all sides. You want that lovely browned crust for taste and looks. Transfer meat to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Saute the onions, bell peppers, and garlic for a few minutes, until soft. Put the browned meat back in and add all the spices. Cook for a minute, until spices smell very fragrant (but not burnt).
Dump in the tomatoes, juice and all, then the sugar to cut the acidity. Add the rinsed beans and simmer the whole shebang for three hours, until the meat is nearly falling apart tender. Alternatively, you can put everything in your slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4. Either way, it’s awesome. Top your heart out and enjoy!
Does winter have you craving comfort food? I got you covered with the creature comfort recipes below. We can pal around on Pinterest for more ideas, too!
Skinny Clam & Shrimp Chowder | Club Narwhal
Baked Sausage Rigatoni with Spinach | Club Narwhal
Flaky Apple Turnovers with Cream Cheese Crust | Club Narwhal
Sweet and Spicy Orange Chicken | Club Narwhal

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