Award Winning Chili Recipe

Smoky bacon Chili -  LDS Livin's 2nd Place Chili Recipe in 2013

If you’re a regular reader of Clarks Condensed, you’ve probably seen a recipe or two that I’ve claimed to be the best ever (of that type.) And I truly believe that when I say that. However, I know that “the best” is very subjective, and what I think is amazing, another might find subpar (even though, I know I’m right 😉

Well, today, I’m sharing with you a recipe that not only think is amazing, but I know many, many others feel that way about too — the best chili recipe ever. Need proof? It recently won second place in the LDS Living Chili Cook-off. I entered it on a whim, and was kind of shocked (but not really…because it’s that good) when I got an email a few weeks ago telling me I had gotten second place. Sure, it wasn’t first, but this chili recipe has won many other chili cook offs…so I think it evens out to the best ever 😉
Smoky bacon Chili -  LDS Livin's 2nd Place Chili Recipe in 2013

I don’t even like chili, but I can’t get enough of this. The liquid smoke, the bacon, and the beans used make it absolutely irresistible. This recipe has been passed around my family — I didn’t make it up, just made a few adjustments — and we all love it. It tastes great right off the stove, or heated up as left overs. Add cheese on top, or eat it plain — you’ll love it either way. And if you are ever entering a chili cook off…bring this recipe. I’m pretty sure you’ll win. Just make sure it’s not the same contest I’m entering!

This can be a crock pot chili or made on the stove — either way, this chili recipe turns out great, makes a ton, and is super satisfying!

 Smoky bacon Chili -  LDS Livin's 2nd Place Chili Recipe in 2013

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  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
  • 1 can kidney beans drained
  • 1 can butter beans drained
  • 2 cans pork and beans
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green peppers, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 6 pieces of bacon, crumbled
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  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot, and cook until hot.
  2. If cooking in the crock pot, cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 5-6 hours.


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