Award Winning Chili (Chili Con Carne)
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Award Winning Chili (Chili Con Carne)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUSH’S® Beans. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Award-Winning Chili Con Carne recipe is filled with beef, sausage, bacon, peppers, and plenty of spices! You won’t believe the flavor and how filling and satisfying this chili recipe is!

Award Winning Chili (Chili Con Carne)

I have participated in a chili cooking contest at work for the past two years. Although I am very modest and hard on myself when it comes to my cooking for people, I am even worse when the competition is involved. Especially when it’s a dish I know I can cook really well. Prior to participating in this content, I wouldn’t say that chili was one of my specialties. But when you’re a runner-up one year and the declared winner the next year based on a blind vote, your head may swell a bit.

I don’t come from a family of great chili makers or even notorious chili eaters. Growing up, we hated my mother’s chili. Simply put, it just wasn’t good. My mother’s chili was just a pot of beans and ground beef. No onions, peppers, garlic, or other meat. Now, my family loves my Award-Winning Chili, and I am going to share with you what makes it so special.

How do you make Easy Chili Con Carne?

Like most chili recipes, I have chopped onions, bell and jalapeno peppers, and garlic in my recipe. However, I start by cooking some bacon and use that rendered bacon fat to cook my vegetables. Also, the hickory-smoked flavor from the bacon adds more depth of flavor.

Next, I add the veggies I mentioned above (onions, bell and jalapeno peppers, and garlic) and once that has softened, I then cook a pound of ground beef and sausage in the same pot. Here is the key, DON’T DRAIN THE FAT. I know, that just sounds good and bad, doesn’t it? All of that fat adds more flavor. But, feel free to drain the excess fat if you prefer.

Award Winning Chili (Chili Con Carne)Lastly, you add your tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chili flavoring, and the best part, BUSH’S® Chili Beans to bring everything full circle! Once the magic has been created, top off your chili with one or a few of these favorable toppings:

  • Sour Cream
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Onions
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Jalapeno Slices
  • Diced Onion
  • Cilantro

Or make some of my Buttery Skillet Cornbread. That’s how us mid-westerners like our chili.

BUSH’S® Beans has been a household name for years. This brand has been my go-to bean brand for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I only saw my family buy BUSH’S® Beans for all of our bean needs throughout the year. From my Aunt Valerie’s Baked Beans recipe in the spring and summer, and now, my Award-Winning Chili Con Carne recipe to keep your bellies full during the cold months in the Fall and Winter.

Award Winning Chili (Chili Con Carne)Whether you’re participating in a chili contest or just want to make a pot of chili to combat the cold weather, be sure to use BUSH’S® Chili Beans for the best flavor possible!

Award Winning Chili (Chili Con Carne)

Award Winning Chili (Chili Con Carne)

  • Author:
    Nicole Nared-Washington

  • Prep Time:
    15 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    1 hour 45 minutes

  • Total Time:
    2 hours

  • Yield:


  • ½ lb. Smoked Bacon, diced
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 c. onion, diced
  • 1 c. green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground sausage
  • 15 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
  • 15 oz. Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 16 oz. BUSH’S® Red Chili Beans
  • 16 oz. BUSH’S® Kidney Chili Beans
  • 1.25 oz. Chili Seasoning Flavor
  • 1 c. dark beer
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Dark brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a Dutch Oven, turn to medium-high heat. Add the diced bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from the pot and set aside. Add the tablespoon of olive oil and the diced onions, bell and jalapeno peppers and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Leaving the veggies in the pot, add the ground beef and sausage, and cook until browned. Add a pinch of salt. Add the bacon back to the pot or use it as a topping for the chili.

Leaving the fat in the pot, add the tomato sauce, drained diced tomatoes, BUSH’S® Red and Kidney Chili Beans (no need to drain the Chili Beans – it adds extra flavor!), chili seasoning, beer, dark brown sugar, and salt and pepper to taste and stir. Cover with lid and allow to simmer for at least 1 ½ hours.

You can put the chili in a crockpot to keep warm. Serve warm with desired toppings.

  • Category: Soups

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