Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili

I will only have time to update today and Wednesday this week, as I’m heading off to Comic Con in San Diego on Thursday! I’m beyond excited, especially for the Lost panel on Saturday. I’m going to lose my mind I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see everything, especially some awesome costumes. I’ll also be at MC Chris‘s show on Friday at The Jumping Turtle in San Marcos. He always puts on a great show and if you can, you should check it out

I wanted to make a chili the other day, but I was growing tired of the same beef and pork combination I usually use. Kramer and I were talking about how awesome chorizo is, and then we thought, why not make chili with chorizo? This being Arizona, I ran out to the store to pick up some freshly ground chorizo and got to work. I didn’t have time to hang out at home all day and stir a pot of simmering chili, though, so I cooked the meat and dumped everything else in the crock pot to simmer for a few hours while I went to work and did other things. I was surprised how delicious the chili was! The chorizo wasn’t overwhelming and it wasn’t too spicy, either (although I do like things spicy). The flavors are incredibly rich and bold, thanks to the additions of bacon, cocoa, cinnamon, cumin, and more. The best part about this is that I knew I had to eat my chili with a fried egg, because nothing goes better with chorizo than eggs. Kramer ate his with cheese and sour cream, but for me, nothing can beat the creamy yolk of a freshly punctured fried egg, running over a plate of chorizo chili. I was in heaven, and you will be too after you give this a whirl!

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Your ingredients.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Cook your bacon, let it cool a bit, and toss it into your crock pot.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Chop your carrot.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Dice your jalapeno pepper.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Chop your bell pepper and add it with the rest of the vegetables and garlic to the crock pot.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Toast your spices and add them to the crock pot.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Cook your ground beef and chorizo, drain, and add to the crock pot as well.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Squeeze your lime juice and add it to the crock pot.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Add in the cocoa powder, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, chicken broth, and beer. Give it a good stir and set on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
An hour before eating, rinse your beans and add them to the chili. Stir and allow to simmer for about another hour.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Serve and enjoy this chorizo chili with whatever garnishes or toppings that you prefer.

Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
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Serves: 4-6
  • 4 strips of bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • ¾ pound lean ground beef
  • ¾ pound ground pork chorizo
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup beer of your choice
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 15-ounce cans of beans, your choice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • sour cream, cheddar cheese, cilantro, or a fried egg (for garnish)
  1. In a large skillet sprayed with Pam, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove it to a plate lined with paper towels to cool and discard the bacon grease.
  2. Add the ground beef and chorizo to the pan and cook until browned, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spray your crock pot with Pam and add in the prepared diced onion, carrot, jalapeno peppers, bell pepper, and garlic. Toast the chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, chipotle pepper, and cumin in a small frying pan for about 5 minutes until fragrant, and add them to the crock pot as well. Then add in the cooked beef and chorizo.
  4. Add in the cocoa powder, beer, chicken broth, lime juice, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, tomatoes, and tomato paste to the crock pot. Give everything a good stir to make sure that it's combined, and turn on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours, allowing all of the flavors to come together.
  5. About an hour before you want to eat, rinse and drain your beans and add them to the crock pot and stir. After an hour, check the chili for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Enjoy with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, or fry an egg and serve that on top (this is my favorite way to eat most anything, chili included).
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16 Responses

  1. Janet says:

    Mmmm! Will be trying this soon. Love chorizo.

  2. Carrie says:

    The ingredient list for this chili sounds absolutely amazing! I love that you topped it with a fried egg.

  3. Krystle says:

    Wow my boyfriend would love this! Sounds like a hearty meal, after it cools down a little here maybe Ill give this a try! Looks great!

  4. zoe says:

    I was look for something with ground beef and I am definitely making this tonight!

  5. Steph says:

    That looks delicious. Have fun at Comic Con!

  6. Junaberry says:

    COMIC CON???? Lucky. We had some convention recently here called the supernova convention and i just kept thinking “i’d rather be at comic con!!!!” Well, little Anakin from episode 1 was there!

    Have fun.

    PS: looks yum. I love your photography.

  7. ingrid says:

    Sounds really good but like Kramer I’d like mine with cheese and sour cream please! My children might like it your way as they love runny yolk. Ew! :)

    Have fun & be safe!

  8. ingrid says:

    Well, I tried to leave you a comment but it keeps telling me it’s a dup.

  9. ingrid says:

    Sounds really good but like Kramer I’d like mine with cheese and sour cream please! My children might like it your way as they love runny yolk. Ew! :)

    Have fun & be safe!

    *second try!

  10. ingrid says:

    Okay, yes I’m a dope! Sorry!

  11. lululu says:

    i love chorizo. the egg only already looks mouth-watering.

  12. Lauren says:

    I love MC Chris! And I love all your recipes… MC’s show’s are amazing, been to two of them. This is kind of late!

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  14. Charles says:

    What so you do with the cooked bacon? I tossed it in with everything else. I wasn’t crazy about this recipe anyhow, but tonight I’m trying the crock pot ribs.

  15. Gina Mullinax says:

    This is my 4th time making this. I do not use the beer. I did the 1st time but it a waste of a beer if you don’t have beer drinkers around. It is absolutely the best chile ever. A lot of work so I save it when I am not rushed.

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