Thursday, September 21, 2006

Beef and Bacon Chili

From my mom's kitchen, this was always one of my favorite recipes. It's chunky, and tasty, and unforgettable! It does take some time to prepare with the bacon, veggies, and beef, but it can also be prepared ahead of time. My mom usually put it in the crockpot for a few hours, but it's not necessary. It does help the flavors blend, though!

2 lbs. ground beef
1 lb. bacon, cut up
2 cans kidney beans, undrained
2 cans stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 onion, chopped
1 celery, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 bay leaves
dash of chili powder
salt and pepper

In large frying pan, brown meat with onion, celery, and green pepper. Drain. In separate frying pan cook bacon. Drain. Add bacon to meat with tomatoes and beans and seasonings. Simmer, covered, 30-45 minutes. (If simmering in crockpot, keep on LOW for 3-4 hours.)

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